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Associate Specialist

Application Window

Open date: September 30, 2021

Most recent review date: Monday, Nov 29, 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: Thursday, Mar 30, 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

We seek to hire a research assistant to work with current graduate students and postdocs in our neurobiological lab focused on neurons and non-neuronal cells in the cerebral cortex. This researcher will be involved in experiments using advanced imaging approaches to probe cell and circuit physiology. Responsibilities may include stereotaxic surgeries to deliver viruses to specific anatomical sites in the mouse brain, in vivo and ex vivo imaging and electrophysiological experiments and analyses, and other duties as assigned.

Associate specialists must possess a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) in biology or related discipline. Experience working in a neuroscience research laboratory is a prerequisite. This is a full-time position, but there is start-date flexibility for the right candidate. It is our intention for the selected candidates to contribute meaningfully to projects and co-author peer-reviewed publications.

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. Salary will be commensurate with the applicants experience and training.


  • A M.S. (or in process) in biology or related discipline
  • > 2yr of experience working in a neuroscience research laboratory
  • Applicant’s materials must list (pending) qualifications upon application submission.
  • Applicants must meet all of the requirements including degree requirement by the time of hire.

Preferred Skills

  • Mouse handling experience
  • Immunohistochemistry experience
  • Strong organizational skills

Please apply online, with a CV, cover letter, and two 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 - Please see the following page for more details:

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 2 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:

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