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UCSF Research Specialist Position – Phillips Lab

Application Window

Open date: June 9, 2022

Most recent review date: Thursday, Jan 26, 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, Dec 9, 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

UCSF Research Specialist Position – Phillips Lab

We seek to hire a research assistant to work with other members of our lab focused on viral protein and antibody evolution. This researcher will be involved in developing novel high-throughput methods for the evolution and biochemical/biophysical characterization of viral proteins and antibodies. Responsibilities may include generating stable cell lines and lab-adapted viruses, robotic programming, protein assay development, experimental evolution, cloning, next generation sequencing, laboratory maintenance and organization, and other duties as assigned. Applicants do not need to have prior experience in these techniques but should have an interest in learning them. It is our intention for the selected candidate to contribute meaningfully to projects, have opportunities to present their work, and co-author peer-reviewed publications.

We are interested in hiring a specialist at either the Junior or Assistant/Associate level, depending on qualifications (see below). This is a full-time position with at least a 2-year time commitment and a preferred start-date in mid-September 2022, but there is flexibility for the right candidate.

Junior specialist:
Junior specialists must possess a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) in biochemistry, biology, biophysics, or a related discipline. Experience working in a biochemistry or molecular biology research laboratory is a prerequisite. This would be an ideal position for a candidate seeking to gain laboratory research experience using state-of-the-art techniques in molecular biology, biochemistry, virology, and evolutionary biology prior to applying to graduate school.

Assistant/Associate specialist:
Specialists at the Assistant/Associate level should possess a master’s degree (or equivalent) in biochemistry, biology, biophysics, or a related discipline, or 5-10 years of experience working in a biochemistry or molecular biology research laboratory. This would be an ideal position for an experienced researcher seeking to gain laboratory research experience using state-of-the-art techniques in molecular biology, biochemistry, virology, and evolutionary biology and contribute to the establishment of an exciting research program.

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.

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.

Requirements
• Degree (completed before start date) and laboratory experience:
o Junior specialist: A B.S. or B.A. (or equivalent) in biochemistry, biology, biophysics or related discipline and > 1yr of experience working in a biochemistry or molecular biology research laboratory (including lab-based course work)
o Assistant/Associate specialist: A master’s degree (or equivalent) in biochemistry, biology, biophysics or related discipline or 5-10 yrs of experience working in a biochemistry or molecular biology research laboratory
• Enthusiasm to learn and develop novel high-throughput techniques
• Excellent interpersonal communication skills
• Strong organizational skills and high attention to detail
• Ability to work independently and as a member of a team

Preferred Skills
• Experience in molecular biology (PCR, cloning, NGS sequencing)
• Experience in protein biochemistry (protein purification, western blotting)
• Experience in tissue culture (cell line generation, maintenance)
• Experience in flow cytometry
• Experience in robotic liquid handling
• Proficient in Python

To apply, please submit a cover letter, CV, and 2-3 reference contacts online at https://aprecruit.ucsf.edu/JPF03990. Applicants’ materials must list current and/or pending qualifications upon submission.

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: https://diversity.ucsf.edu/contributions-to-diversity-statement
    (Optional)

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 2-3 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: https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/5000695/SARS-CoV-2_Covid-19.

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