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Junior, Assistant, or Associate Specialist - Tward Lab

Application Window

Open date: March 11th, 2021

Most recent review date: Thursday, Jun 17, 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: Sunday, Sep 11, 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

Junior, Assistant, or Associate Specialist - Tward Lab

The Tward lab in the Department of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery is looking for people interested in a Specialist position (Junior, Assistant, or Associate rank) at UCSF. We are an interdisciplinary lab. Specialists appointed at the junior rank must possess (or in process of obtaining) a bachelor's degree, preferably in the fields of biology, bioengineering, biochemistry, computer science or related disciplines. Specialists appointed at the assistant/associate rank must have (or in process of obtaining) a master's degree, preferably in the fields of biology, bioengineering, biochemistry, computer science or related disciplines. Applicant’s materials must list (pending) qualifications upon submission. Applicants must have obtained the degree requirement for the Specialist rank by the time of hire.

The ideal candidate will have familiarity with one or more of the following: animal handling, microscopy, molecular biology, mammalian cell culture, instrumentation, genome editing/CRISPR technology, and quantitative and computational analysis. We prefer candidates with a strong background in bioinformatics/computational biology who have the ability to perform independent research in addition to supporting the lab. Candidates interested in working in the lab for at least two years are preferred.

Our lab is interested in the identity and function of the molecular events that reprogram a normal cell into a pre-cancerous cell and ultimately to a cancer cell. We hope to harness that knowledge to generate novel therapies. We use a variety of techniques to address these questions such as high throughput sequencing of clinical samples, cell culture and in vivo modeling, and computational analysis of large, multidimensional data sets. For example, we have identified a set of mutations in head and neck squamous cell cancer that we are highly confident contribute to the initiation and progression of the disease, however how these mutations interact and how they reprogram cells is largely unknown. We have generated models of these diseases using CRISPR-Cas9 technology in primary human tissue to create “designer” tumors that recapitulate the diversity of human squamous cell cancers.

We additionally have a strong interest in the organs of hearing. We have used single cell RNA-seq technology and genetically modified animals to develop a cellular map of these organs and understand how the cells of these organs develop.

Applicants must apply online with CV (must list previous research experience and GPA on CV), Cover Letter, List of Prior Coursework, and the contact information for three references at

UC San Francisco seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research, and community services 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

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
    Must list previous research experience and GPA on CV.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity (Optional)

  • List of Prior Coursework

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

Job location

San Francisco, CA