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Associate Specialist - Cheng Lab

Application Window

Open date: April 25, 2022

Most recent review date: Tuesday, May 10, 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: Wednesday, Oct 25, 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

Associate Specialist – Cheng Lab
Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics

The Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics is seeking an Associate Specialist for the Cheng Lab. The responsibilities of this Associate Specialist include, but not limited to, carrying out structural and functional studies of membrane proteins, particularly ion channels and/or GPCRs by using single particle cryo-EM.

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD degree
  • 5 years postdoctoral training experience in the area of structural biology, single particle cryo-EM of membrane proteins and/or ion channels.
  • Should have demonstrated efficiency in the membrane protein sample preparation, cryo-EM data acquisition and image processing.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Good communication skills.
  • Strong publication record.
  • Efficient in membrane protein biochemistry and molecular biology.
  • Hands-on experience in structural analysis of TRP channels and GPCRs are preferable.

See Table 24B ( for the salary range for this position. A reasonable estimate for this position is $67,400-$78,500.

Please apply online at: with cover letter, CV, statement of research, and contact information for two references. Applicant materials must list qualifications upon submission. The selected candidate must meet the qualifications at the time of application.

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

  • 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