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Systems Cell Biology of Host-Pathogen Interactions Specialist Position - Madhani Lab

Application Window

Open date: May 4th, 2022

Most recent review date: Thursday, May 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: Saturday, Nov 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

Systems Cell Biology of Host-Pathogen Interactions Specialist Position
UCSF Mission Bay Campus
Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics

Fungal infections are among the most difficult to diagnose and treat and are increasing in prevalence due to immunosuppressive treatments and the AIDS pandemic. To address this need, the Madhani laboratory ( and @hitenmadhani) at the Mission Bay Campus at UCSF is recruiting for an Associate/Full Specialist with experience in cell biology, microbiology, immunology, genomics and/or host-pathogen studies.

The laboratory is in Genentech Hall and specializes in studies of gene regulation and infectious disease using the opportunistic yeast pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans. The laboratory is a leader in these fields and has developed C. neoformans as a model system. A two-year commitment is required. The position is supported by a newly-renewed 5-year major grant from NIAID/NIH. Salary will be commensurate with the applicants experience and training.

The individual will work with one or more technicians to generate a whole-genome fluorescent protein collection in C. neoformans using rapid short-homology, CRISPR-based genome engineering methods recently developed by the lab followed by high-throughput supra-resolution live cell light microscopy and machine learning to classify protein localization in response to host-like signals. Additional opportunities for collaborative projects will be available.

Appointees in the Specialist series will be expected to engage in specialized research, professional activities and do not have teaching responsibilities. Specialists are expected to use their professional expertise to make scientific and scholarly contributions and may participate in University and Public Service.

Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue as needed throughout the recruitment period.

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in a biological discipline including molecular and cellular biology, genetics/genome sciences, microbiology, immunology, or related area.
  • Excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills. Excellent communication skills, written and verbal. Strong multitasking skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ideal candidates should have a strong publication record, evidence of the ability to work independently and in a team, experience with next generation sequencing, host-pathogen investigations including murine infections studies, microscopy experience or experience in yeast genetics/genomics.

Please apply online at: with cover letter, CV and contact information for three references. 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
  • 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