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Junior Specialist- Whitman Lab

Application Window

Open date: May 18th, 2021

Last review date: Wednesday, Jun 2, 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: Friday, Nov 18, 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

The Whitman lab is seeking a Junior Specialist to work on clinical and basic science infectious diseases research projects. Our lab is based out of Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and works closely with the hospital’s Clinical Laboratory. We are primarily a parasitology lab, with a focus on Chagas disease, a neglected tropical disease caused by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi. We are also involved in a number of COVID-19 serology projects. The candidate will work closely with the PI and other lab members to explore serological responses to T. cruzi and host metabolic factors supporting chronic infection. Junior Specialist responsibilities may include maintaining parasites in a mammalian tissue culture model; preparing specimens for “omics” research, including metabolomics, proteomics, and genomics; performing tandem or high-resolution mass spectrometry; and flow cytometry cell sorting; handling clinical research specimens and evaluating test performance of laboratory diagnostics. Additionally, the specialist will be expected to assist with managing day-to-day laboratory operations, including ordering, maintenance, and inspection.

We are seeking an exceptional and enthusiastic candidate with appropriate academic background (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) and research experience to lead their own independent project(s) and assume roles in collaborative projects across the spectrum of translational research. Candidates must meet the required qualifications at the time of appointment. Candidate’s CV or cover letter must state qualifications (or if pending) upon submission. Preferred qualifications include: Tissue and/or microbial culture, enzyme immunoassays, small molecule and protein extractions for mass spectrometry, and high-performance liquid chromatograph and/or mass spectrometry.

Please apply online at, with a CV, cover letter, and two reference contacts.

UC San Francisco seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research, or community service that 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.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity (Optional)

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 2 required (contact information only)

Job location

San Francisco, CA