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Lab Manager Position (Specialist series) - Williams Lab

Application Window

Open date: May 25, 2022

Most recent review date: Wednesday, Jan 4, 2023 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 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

University of California, San Francisco
Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology

The Williams lab at UCSF’s Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology is a multidisciplinary team that focuses on bacterial macro molecular communication. The Williams Lab merges, X-ray crystallography, cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) single molecule reconstruction, with biochemical, genetic, and in vivo studies, to address fundamental issues in the physiology of bacteria. We are seeking a research specialist at the assistant or associate level to join our team.

The successful candidate will be expected to manage the day-to-day operations of the lab which includes but not limited to, ordering and maintaining laboratory supplies and stocks, overseeing equipment maintenance, managing chemical inventory, keep reagents organized and ensure the adherence to safety standards and biological compliance protocols, perform general lab maintenance of laboratory stocks of DNA, protein, and bacteria strains; keep financial records; prepare stock solutions, plates, and media; monitor equipment maintenance, cleaning staff, safety training, ensuring safety compliance, and lab member performance; and perform other duties as assigned.

In addition to daily lab operation, the candidate is expected to have a strong background in the use of standard techniques of molecular biology as well as exposure to Microbiology and Structural biology and assist with setting up experiments in bacterial molecular communications. 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 will be commensurate with the applicants experience and training. The successful candidate should be independent, work successfully within and or with several different teams and should have excellent communication skills.

•Junior Specialist: Bachelor of Science degree in biology or chemistry related field or equivalent research experience.
•Assistant Specialist: Master’s Degree or minimum of 5 years of relevant experience.
•Associate Specialist: Master’s Degree or 5-10 years of relevant experience.
• Must be proficient at either protein purification and biochemistry or bacterial genetics.
• Working familiarity with lab maintenance issues: i.e. ordering supplies, lab budgets, safety, and compliance issues.
• Able to work independently and meet deadlines; recognize and resolve problems while maintaining a high level of organization; diligent record keeping and detail oriented.

• Must have strong people skills with the ability to work with diverse trainees.

Preferred Skills
• Experience with structural biology techniques (cryo EM and X-ray crystallography)
• Experience using advanced technologies for imaging would be advantageous.
• Ability and desire to learn new experimental approaches

Please apply online at with a CV, cover letter, and the contact information for 3 references.

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:

  • 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.