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Junior Specialist - Pinney Lab

Application Window

Open date: May 2, 2022

Most recent review date: Friday, Aug 26, 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: Thursday, Nov 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

Rank. Junior Academic Specialist

Nature of Research.
The Pinney Lab is seeking applicants for a Junior Academic Specialist position using cutting-edge microfluidic technologies to understand the fundamental mechanisms that drive enzyme function and evolution. This position would involve learning to build libraries of enzyme sequences, fabricate microfluidic devices and execute biochemical experiments on these devices.
This position is ideal for a candidate with a background in biophysics, bioengineering, or biochemistry, interested in gaining further experience in an academic laboratory and working at the boundary of multiple disciplines. See more about our research here:


  • Designing and executing experiments in line with standard protocols, recording observations, and interpreting findings.
  • Recording all experimental data and test results accurately in an electronic notebook.
  • Organizing and storing all chemical substances, fluids, and compressed gases according to safety instructions.
  • Ensuring that safety guidelines are adhered to at all times within the laboratory.
  • Cleaning, sterilizing, maintaining, and calibrating laboratory equipment.
  • Ordering laboratory supplies, as needed.
  • Providing technical support and training to others, when necessary.
  • Keeping up to date with relevant scientific literature.
  • Attending and participating 1:1 meetings and laboratory group meetings.

Required Qualifications.

  • A bachelor’s degree (or in process) in biophysics, biochemistry, chemistry, molecular biology, bioengineering or a related field.
  • Previous laboratory research experience with biochemical techniques.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Keen attention to detail.
  • Previous laboratory research experience.
  • Analytical skills.

Requested Qualifications.

  • Programming experience in Python.
  • Experience with biochemical and molecular biology techniques.

See Table 24B ( for the salary range for this position. A reasonable estimate for this position is $49,000-$52,200.

Please apply online at: with CV. Applicant materials must list current and/or pending qualifications upon submission. The selected candidate must meet all of the qualifications at the time of appointment.

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 (Optional)

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Please see the following page for more details:

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

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