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Specialist – Maker Laboratory

Application Window

Open date: February 16th, 2021

Last review date: Wednesday, Mar 3, 2021 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: Tuesday, Aug 16, 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

Specialist – Maker Laboratory University of California, San Francisco Department of Surgery

A Specialist position is currently available in the Laboratory of Dr. Ajay V. Maker, M.D., Chief of Surgical Oncology, in the Department of Surgery at the University of California at San Francisco. Research projects involve immunologic, molecular, genetic, and cellular-based studies to examine the phenotype and function of immune cells in infiltrating metastatic deposits from solid tumors. These studies are performed, in part, on tumor samples from preclinical murine models, human cells, and patient-derived tissues. The findings will have direct translational impact on current and future clinical trials using immunotherapy for patients with cancer. The position will also provide administrative and operations support for the laboratory; research and analytical functions in support of the surgical oncology translational team.

The individual will support research activities in the lab by performing experiments that include animal surgeries, T-cell assays, flow cytometry, scRNA-seq, CyTOF, Seahorse, and histology processing and analyses for immune-mechanistic studies. This position will also perform statistics, create data figures, and draft and submit scientific manuscripts. The individual will be responsible for coordinating animal, biological, chemical, radiation, and controlled substance protocol submissions and renewals, including the drafting and maintenance of all laboratory certifications, documentation, IRB, and IACUC animal protocols. This person will also conduct orientation and training of all researchers that join the lab including residents, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and volunteers, assuring that online required training is completed and assuring a safe and congenial environment within this laboratory.

Additional responsibilities include ordering equipment and supplies, identifying correct reagents/items, negotiating quotes with vendors, reconciling expense documents, maintaining the budget, and assuring cost savings and the effective use of all shared equipment and supplies. This individual will assist with the oversight of the lab, is responsible for the scheduling and assuring smooth conduct of lab meetings and seminars, audits, and the safe functioning of equipment and freezers.

Required Qualifications:
• Specialists appointed at the Junior, Assistant, or Associate rank must posses a Master’s degree or MD in the life sciences, or a Ph.D. in Immunology and Tumor Biology.
• Specialists appointed at the Full rank must possess a MD in the life sciences or a Ph.D. in Immunology and Tumor Biology.
• A minimum of 2 years of research experience is required along with experience in T-cell immunology.
• It is expected that the successful applicant will be able to work at the bench independently, interpret data, troubleshoot his/her experiments and write manuscripts.
• Excellent verbal and written English communication skills are a must.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Past specialist appointment(s) or experience working as a specialist within UCSF will be considered a plus.

UCSF 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.

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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 required (contact information only)

Job location

San Francisco, CA