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Junior Specialist – Wang Lab

Application Window

Open date: May 11, 2022

Most recent review date: Thursday, May 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: Saturday, Nov 11, 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 Specialist – Wang Lab

The Wang Lab in the Cardiovascular Research Institute at University of California, San Francisco is seeking for a Junior Specialist.


  1. Perform standard molecular and cell biology protocols, such as quantitative RT-PCR, ELISA, total protein measurements, Western blotting, to carry out studies on gene expression from mouse tissues and cells. Will participate in experiments and interpretation of research data under the supervision of postdoctoral fellows.
  2. Manage the mouse colonies within the laboratory. Responsibilities include setting up mating, weaning and genotyping mice, and overall colony management.
  3. Participate in in vivo experiments under the supervision of post docs and graduate students. Will perform in vivo non-invasive measurements of metabolic activities, such as lean/fat mass by MRI, indirect calorimetry by CLAMS, and insulin/glucose tolerance assays.
  4. Will isolate and culture primary adipocytes, and perform functional assays, such as lipolysis. Culture and manipulation of cell lines. Generation and purification of adenovirus and lentivirus.
  5. Lab management and ordering of supplies.

Required Qualifications:
• Specialists appointed at the junior rank must possess (or in process of obtaining) a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent degree) or at least four years of research experience.
• Applicants must have obtained the degree requirement for the Specialist rank by the time of hire.
• Ability to perform complex tasks without committing errors.
• Ability to read, understand, and follow basic laboratory protocols with minor supervision.
• Ability to work with other people in a team setting.
• Must be capable of working independently after obtaining proper training and demonstrate good judgment.
• Applicant’s materials must list (pending) qualifications upon submission.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Practical experience with experimental animals such as mice and rats is preferred.

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. Salary and rank will be commensurate with the applicants experience and training.

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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