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Bastian and Yeh Labs - Specialist Series

Application Window

Open date: March 17, 2022

Most recent review date: Friday, Sep 30, 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: Sunday, Sep 17, 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 (all ranks)
Department of Dermatology

Job Description

The research specialist position is in the Bastian and Yeh Labs in the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at Mission Bay. The research projects are focused on melanoma disease mechanisms and involve patient samples and the development of mouse models. The group is open to a wide range of experience and career goals. Applicants who intend to participate in research before applying to graduate school are encouraged to apply. In addition, applicants with many years of experience who are excited about contributing to a dynamic research team are encouraged to apply.

The specialist will perform molecular biology (nucleic acid extraction, PCR, animal genotyping, Western blot) and staining techniques for tissues and cells (immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence, light microscopy, etc). In addition, the specialist will assist with animal experiments (handling, anesthesia, injections, colony maintenance, breeding, oral gavage, euthanasia, tissue harvesting, simple surgery) and collect fresh patient specimens from clinical sites. Additional tasks include organizing patient samples, ordering and stocking laboratory supplies, general laboratory maintenance and compliance.

Department Description
The mission of the Department of Dermatology is to be a world leader in the care of patients with skin diseases through outstanding clinical service, education, training, and research.

Required Qualifications:

  • Attention to detail and ability to clearly document experiments.
  • Organizational skills with ability to work independently and assess need for interaction with supervising researcher.
  • Written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to adhere to all campus safety policies.
  • Demonstrated motivation and conscientiousness.
  • Scientific curiosity and a desire to contribute.

Preferred Qualifications, particularly for more senior positions:

  • Graduate degree in a science related field.
  • Previous laboratory research experience.
  • Experience with animal handling.
  • Experience with human subject research.


  • Specialists appointed at the junior rank must possess a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent degree) or at least four years of research experience.
  • Specialists appointed at the Assistant or Associate rank must possess a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) or five to ten years of experience in the relevant specialization.
  • Specialist appointed at the Full rank must possess a terminal degree (or equivalent degree) or have ten or more years of experience in the relevant specialization.
  • Candidates must meet the requirements by the time of appointment.

Licensure/Certification/Registration: None required.

Physical Requirements:

  • Good visual acuity and accurate color discrimination.
  • The position requires excellent manual dexterity and familiarity utilizing delicate instrumentation.
  • Occasionally lifts and/or carries objects weighing up to 20 pounds.
  • Work involves possible exposure to malodorous vapors, low dose radiation, contamination by toxic chemicals and acids and presence of carcinogenic substances.
  • Long periods of standing and/or sitting.

Please apply online at by submitting a cover letter, CV, and the 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