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Frank Lab - Junior Specialist (Technician)

Application Window

Open date: February 2, 2022

Next review date: Saturday, Apr 15, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Wednesday, Aug 2, 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

Frank Lab - Junior Specialist (Technician)
Department of Physiology

The Frank Lab at the University of California, San Francisco is looking for a Junior Specialist (Technician) to begin work in the Summer (preferred) or Fall of 2022. This is a full-time paid position, two-year minimum commitment required, during which the technician will work directly with a graduate student or a post-doctoral mentor performing in vivo electrophysiology recordings in rats during complex behaviors. The lab focuses on the neural underpinnings of learning and memory. The projects take advantage of recently developed technology that enables us to record from hundreds of electrodes distributed across multiple brain regions in freely behaving rats. There is also an opportunity to be part of related experiments that will use real-time detection of specific brain events to trigger targeted optogenetic inhibition. The scientific goal of the projects is to develop an understanding of neural activity patterns that support memory formation and flexible decision-making.

Responsibilities include:

  • Handling and behavioral training of rats, construction of microelectrode drives, participation in rat implant surgeries, development of behavioral analyses, collection of large scale electrophysiological and behavioral datasets


  • Bachelor’s degree in neuroscience, bioengineering, or a related field by the start date


  • Experience with animal handling and behavior
  • Programming experience (Python, MATLAB)
  • Scientific research experience

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

If interested, please apply at: with a cover letter describing your interest, your curriculum vitae and contact information for three references. Applicant materials must list current and/or pending qualifications upon submission.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

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

  • 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
  • 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:

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