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Li Lab - Junior/Assistant/Associate/Full Specialist: Single-Cell Genomics

Application Window

Open date: August 3, 2022

Most recent review date: Tuesday, Oct 4, 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, Feb 3, 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/Assistant/Associate/Full Specialist: Single-Cell Genomics in Li Lab at UCSF Stem Cell Center

The Li Lab at UCSF is seeking a skilled and highly motivated individuals for a full-time specialist position. The work will be at the UCSF Parnassus campus.

The Li lab is focused on developing single cell and spatial multi-omics techniques to improve our understanding of complex human diseases. The technological development is directed towards clinical applications.

Candidates will help generate large-scale single cell and spatial genomic atlas data across human tissues and will join our highly collaborative project team with scientists and clinicians from UCSF and Stanford University. Candidates will have the opportunity to receive training in machine learning, big data analysis and clinical applications of genomic technologies. Candidates will have the opportunity to present at lab meetings, joint project meetings with clinical collaborators, as well as international and/or national conferences. Candidates will receive training for their career development and attain authorship on projects to which they make contributions. Opportunities for independent research, mentorship of other trainees, and scientific writing will also be available.

This position is ideally suited for candidates seeking to enter competitive PhD, MD, or MD/PhD programs in the future.

For more information about our research, please visit our website:

Job Responsibilities
Perform high throughput profiling experiments (e.g single cell RNA-seq and ATAC-seq, whole genome sequencing, Nanopore long read sequencing, etc.) and develop new techniques under the direction of the PI and other lab members. Candidates are more than welcome to join our large-scale data analysis and deep learning group.

The candidate will be expected to:
• Single cell and multi-omics data production
• Provide technical support to post-docs and scientists
• Fresh frozen sample processing and analysis
• Monitor the lab’s facilities and equipment
• Inventory management
• Overall lab maintenance, safety and compliance

Required Qualifications
• Minimum 6 months of experience working in a biology or biomedical research lab.
• Prior experience in high-throughput sequencing (such as RNA-Seq, etc.).
• Strong problem-solving abilities, goal and detail oriented.
• A strong sense of responsibility.
• Good organizational and interpersonal communication skills (verbal and written).
• A minimum one year commitment is required.
• 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.
• Specialists appointed at the Assistant rank must possess (or in process of obtaining) a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) or five years of experience in the relevant specialization.
• Specialists appointed at the Associate rank must possess (or in process of obtaining) a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) or five to ten years of experience in the relevant specialization.
• Specialists appointed at the full rank must possess (or in process of obtaining) a terminal degree (or equivalent degree) or ten or more years of experience in the relevant specialization.
• Applicant must meet all qualifications by time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications
• Prior experience in single cell experiments
• Experience working with tissue samples (collection, processing, immunostaining, etc.)
• Willingness to learn more advanced technologies (spatial proteomics, metabolomics, microbiome and 3D printing for CHIP design, etc.)

Please apply online at Applicants’ materials must list current and/or pending qualifications upon submission. For other inquiries, please contact: Dr. Jingjing Li 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
  • 2-4 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