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Junior or Assistant Specialist in Translational Genetics – Gould Lab

Application Window

Open date: April 25, 2022

Most recent review date: Tuesday, Oct 25, 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

Junior or Assistant Specialist in Translational Genetics – Gould Lab

A Junior or Assistant Specialist position is available to study genetic models of human disease at the UCSF School of Medicine in San Francisco. The Gould lab studies a multisystem connective tissue disorder. Our research is narrowly focused on the extracellular matrix (ECM) and pathology caused by mutations in ECM components. However, the pathology is extremely broad, and we study development and disease of many organs: ocular dysgenesis and glaucoma, cerebrovascular development and stroke, congenital myopathy and hypomyelination, nephropathy, retinal degeneration, and age-related vascular cognitive impairment and dementia. The overall goal of our research is to identify molecular mechanisms underlying a novel connective tissue disorder that may be targeted with therapeutic interventions.

The successful candidate will fulfill two functions. The majority of their effort will be dedicated to performing mentored wet lab research with postdoctoral fellows or senior scientist. Depending on the demonstrated level of independence, the candidate will design and conduct experiments, analyze data, report results to other lab teams and co-author manuscripts. Typical approaches include, but are not limited to standard molecular biology techniques, biochemistry, cell culturing, histology, immunofluorescence, immunohistochemistry, and microscopy in addition to specialized, project-specific approaches. The project will involve animal husbandry and require maintenance of a rodent colony including maintaining a database. The candidate will also contribute weekly to shared tasks for general laboratory support and maintenance.

Required Qualifications:
Specialists appointed at the Junior rank must possess (or in process of obtaining) a BA/BS/BSc degree (or equivalent degree) in Molecular and Cell Biology or a related field, or must have at least four years of research experience. Specialists appointed at the Assistant rank must possess (or in process of obtaining) a Master’s degree (or equivalent degree) in Molecular and Cell Biology or a related field, or must have at least five years of research experience. Applicant’s materials must list (pending) qualifications upon submission. Applicants must have obtained the degree requirement for the Specialist rank by the time of hire. The candidate must have knowledge of, or experience with, the basic techniques or methods required by the position, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The candidate must be hard working, passionate about research and be able to work independently and as part of a team.

Preferred Qualification:
Experience with animal husbandry or rodent behavior is strongly preferred.

Interested individuals should send their CV, cover letter, and contact information for three (3) references to 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.

Please direct any questions to Douglas Gould,

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:

  • Statement of Career Goals (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