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Junior or Assistant Specialist – Ashworth Lab

Application Window

Open date: August 1, 2022

Next review date: Wednesday, Feb 1, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Thursday, Feb 1, 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

Junior or Assistant Specialist – Ashworth Lab

The Ashworth Lab at UCSF is seeking a Junior or Assistant Specialist to work on an ongoing drug discovery project. The selected candidate will assist with experiments and conduct research under the guidance and mentorship of Dr. Abrams and members of the Ashworth Lab. The Specialist will learn and utilize a variety of research techniques and have the opportunity to be a co-author on publications. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in gaining additional research experience prior to pursuing a biomedical sciences PhD.

Job responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Mammalian tissue culture, transfection of reporter genes, generation of stable cell lines, use of chemical probes
• Assay development using fluorescent, luminescent, and colorimetric readouts
• Optimization of biochemical and cell-based high throughput screens (HTS)
• Analysis of HTS data using image processing software, such as CellProfiler
• Mechanism of action studies on hits from drug discovery screens
• Molecular biology and biochemistry experiments including basic cloning, construct design, plasmid preparation, DNA extraction, and protein expression

Required qualifications:
• Desire to learn new techniques, think critically, analyze results, and plan experiments
• Organized, self-motivated, and enthusiastic about science and medicine
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team
• Ability to troubleshoot experiments
• Specialists appointed at the Junior rank must possess a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent degree) or at least four years of relevant research experience.
• Specialists appointed at the Assistant rank must possess a Master’s degree (or equivalent degree) or five years of experience in the relevant specialization.
• Applicant must have all requirements met by time of hire.
• Applicant’s materials must list (pending) qualifications upon submission.

Preferred qualifications:
• Mammalian tissue culture experience
• Knowledge of high-throughput drug screens and image analysis techniques
• Training in basic molecular biology techniques, including molecular cloning, nucleic acid isolation, and PCR
• Experience with biochemical assays and/or protein expression.

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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

  • 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