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Specialist, Chemistry

Application Window

Open date: September 8, 2021

Most recent review date: Thursday, Sep 23, 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: Wednesday, Mar 8, 2023 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, Chemistry
UCSF, Mission Bay Campus

The Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases (IND) at UCSF, Mission Bay Campus is seeking a Specialist for full-time work to perform and manage research activities in computational chemistry and drug design. The position is in the laboratory of Dr. Stanley Prusiner and will support research efforts using analytical chemistry and structure-based drug design methods to assist in the research and development of inhibitors of neurodegenerative disease pathways. Highly motivated candidates capable of independent problem solving and teamwork are encouraged to apply. This position will be part of a collaborative environment with access to state-of-the-art facilities in the Sandler Neurosciences Building on the UCSF Mission Bay campus. A successful candidate will be hired as a Specialist with rank commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Duties Include:
• Apply computational modeling approaches for the purposes of drug design.
• Assist in using structure-based methods including ligand docking, pharmacophore, and ligand design methods.
• Computational modeling using Python, Matlab and other programing methods.
• Communication with IND and UCSF investigators, students and postdocs in coordinating 3D structural analysis and computational modeling projects.

Required Qualifications
• Ph.D. and 5+ years Post-Doctoral work in Chemistry, Physical Chemistry or related field
• 3-4 years-experience in computational chemistry and programming.

Desired Qualifications
• Experience in computational chemistry and atomic modeling with protein macromolecules.
• Experience in teaching, writing or other communication in the field of chemistry.
• Experience in computer programming languages including the ability to write and debug programs in Python, Matlab, etc.

Appointees in the Specialist series will be expected to engage in specialized research, professional activities and do not have teaching responsibilities. Specialists are expected to use their professional expertise to make scientific and scholarly contributions, and may participate in University and Public Service. Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue as needed throughout the recruitment period. 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.

Please apply online at https://aprecruit.ucsf.edu/JPF03578, with a CV, cover letter, and three reference contacts.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - CV must clearly list current and/or pending qualifications (e.g. board eligibility/certification, medical licensure, etc.).

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity (Optional)

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

Campus Information

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy found here: https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/5000695/SARS-CoV-2_Covid-19.

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.

Job location

San Francisco, CA