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Specialist – Okada Lab

Application Window

Open date: July 26, 2022

Most recent review date: Monday, Oct 31, 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: Friday, Jan 26, 2024 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

Specialist – Okada Lab

The Assistant/Associate/Full Specialist in this position is expected to conduct IND (investigational new drug)-enabling studies for our clinical trial of cancer immunotherapy for patients with glioma. Hence, the studies to be conducted include: 1) designing and cloning of novel lentiviral chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) vector; 2) transduction of human T lymphocytes with lentiviral CAR; 3) evaluation of antiglioma immune responses by the CAR-transduced T lymphocytes using a variety of immunological assays, such as cytotoxicity assays, cytokine release assays and flow-cytometry; and 3) in vivo studies using immunodeficient mice bearing human glioma xenografts and infusion of CAR-transduced T lymphocytes.

Sufficient expertise and knowledge in relevant systems; i.e. DNA cloning, culture of T lymphocytes, immunological assays and handling of mouse models is required. Post-graduate training in field is desirable. Specialists appointed at the Assistant or Associate rank must possess at minimum a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) or must have at least five years of research experience. Specialists appointed at the full rank must possess a terminal degree (or equivalent degree) or must have at least ten or more years of research experience. Applicant’s materials must list (pending) qualifications upon submission. Applicants must have obtained the degree requirement for the Specialist rank by the time of hire.

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. Please apply online at

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.

Job location

San Francisco, CA