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Abate Lab - Associate Specialist

Application Window

Open date: March 4, 2022

Most recent review date: Saturday, Mar 19, 2022 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: Monday, Sep 4, 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

Research (or Scientist) Position in the Abate Lab at UCSF

We are seeking to hire innovative, hypothesis-generating, self-motivated researcher position. Our lab provides unique, multidisciplinary training that is optimal for individuals interested in pursuing independent, research-intensive careers in academia or industry. We pursue a philosophy that the best science is done by generating tools and methodologies in response to important biological questions with high impact applications, using data generated in our lab. If you are excited by the idea of developing the mindset of a principle investigator, taking intellectual risks, and exploring true unknowns to generate major advances in knowledge and technology, please reach out to

Skills and qualifications


We seek candidates interested in developing novel bioinformatics methods and generating biologically meaningful hypotheses with data generated by our microfluidics technologies. Our technologies generate next generation sequencing datasets containing single cell and virus genomes and full-length enriched genome islands and gene clusters.

HIV virology:

We seek candidates with strong molecular biology experience. Ability to develop and optimize assays and troubleshoot biological reactions is essential, including PCR assays and next generation sequencing. Virology expertise is preferred, not required. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals with strong biology backgrounds who are interested in picking up new skill sets in bioinformatics, microfluidics technology development, and bioengineering.

General skills sought for all candidates:

A master’s degree (or equivalent degree) or five to ten years of experience in the relevant specialization
Strong interest in developing new technologies or bioinformatic approaches to cutting-edge biological questions and experimental data
Engineering, problem-solving mindset, regardless of disciplinary background
Strong ambition to develop the skills and mindsets necessary for independently leading high impact research programs in their future careers

Our Lab

People who enjoy working on the edges of “new and crazy” ideas and technologies tend to thrive in the Abate lab. Our lab consists of ~20 members with diverse backgrounds spanning physics, engineering, biology, and bioengineering. We are results-driven and work collaboratively to efficiently address experimental or other barriers to progress. Our lab has a track record of commercializing technologies we develop, providing exposure to best practices in incubation and startup development.

Application process

Please apply online at with the following:

  1. Cover letter (Describe your research background and interests, emphasizing multidisciplinary training and interests relevant to the work of the Abate lab. Please briefly address your long-term career interests and how you expect this position will help you achieve your professional goals.)
  2. CV
  3. Contact details for three referees Informal inquires can be directed to Applicants’ materials must list current and/or pending qualifications upon submission.

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
  • 3-5 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