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Microbiome Research Assistant

Recruitment Period

Open date: November 20th, 2020

Last review date: Saturday, Dec 5, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Friday, May 20, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

Microbiome Research Assistant

The Benioff Center for Microbiome Medicine (BCMM) at the Parnassus campus of UCSF is looking to appoint a specialist to serve as a microbiome research assistant, with a focus toward providing support to research demonstration projects and technology hubs within the BCMM, the University of California San Francisco and beyond. The position will report to the Director of the BCMM.

The recently launched UCSF BCMM is focused on human microbiome research, with a particular interest in accelerating discovery and translation in the fields of early life microbiome and therapeutic development. The research assistant will support two research demonstration projects, broadly related to early life microbiome development and therapeutics, that are collaborative efforts that span multiple research disciplines and partners. The candidate will provide technical support to the demonstration projects, receiving, cataloging and processing a variety of sample types from investigators across campus. The microbiome research assistant will work closely with project investigations and BCMM leadership to facilitate timely project progress.

The Center is also developing multiple technology hubs that facilitate microbiome research projects. The candidate will help establish an anaerobic culture technology hub for BCMM members. Responsibilities will include providing guidance on appropriate microbial culturing methods, developing a curated collection of microbial isolates, microbial isolate characterization (genotypic and phenotypic), data analyses, and coordinating member use of the culture facility. Under direction of the Microbiome Metabolomics Director, the microbiome research assistant will also support the BCMM metabolomics technology hub and be responsible for development and implementation of protocols associated with mass spectrometry analyses.

• Specialists appointed at the junior rank must possess a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent degree) in Biology or related field or at least four years of research experience (e.g., with instrumentation and research equipment, social science research methods, or creative activities).
• Specialists appointed at the Assistant rank must possess a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) in Biology or related field or at least five years of experience in the relevant specialization.
• Specialists appointed at the Associate rank must possess a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) in Biology or related field or at least five to ten years of experience in the relevant specialization.
• Specialists appointed at the full rank must possess a terminal degree (or equivalent degree) in Biology or related field or at least ten or more years of experience in the relevant specialization.
• At least two years of experience in microbiological research.
• Expertise in microbial culture and characterization, including anaerobic culture techniques, strain genotyping and phenotyping.
• Experience in large-scale sample handling and processing.
• Proven project management skills; capacity to manage multiple sub-projects simultaneously.
• Demonstrated ability to organize, interpret, evaluate, and present research findings in a variety of formats including research manuscripts, grant proposals, external manuscripts, and oral presentations and in collaborative and instructional scientific interactions within laboratory and discussion settings.
• Ability to utilize on-line databases and other software to create, retrieve, and compile data using standard software programs.
• Demonstrated interpersonal skills to establish and maintain excellent working relationships with colleagues, faculty, donors, and industry partners, with an emphasis on collaboration, tact, diplomacy, flexibility, professionalism, and discretion.
• Solid communications skills with the ability to speak and write clearly about technical and scientific research and develop narrative for correspondence, brochures, and other public relations material.

UC San Francisco seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

Please apply online at Applicant’s materials must list current and/or pending qualifications upon submission.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity (Optional)

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

Job location

San Francisco, CA