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Junior, Assistant, Associate, or Full Specialist – Pasricha Lab

Application Window

Open date: October 19, 2022

Most recent review date: Friday, Jan 20, 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: Friday, Apr 19, 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, or Full Specialist – Pasricha Lab

Position: We are seeking a motivated specialist to conduct cross-disciplinary research that employs cutting edge research on the discovery and testing of small molecule modulators of ion transporters/channels important in ocular surface diseases, including dry eye disease. The specialist will be expected to prepare solutions for experiments, perform non-invasive electrophysiology experiments of the ocular surface in humans and mice, in vitro electrophysiology in cells and tissues (Ussing Chamber), cell culture (maintaining and preparing cell lines for experiments), measurement of ion transport in cells (via fluorescence using plate reader), molecular biology (PCR, animal genotyping, Western blot), staining techniques for tissues and cells (immunofluorescence, light microscopy, etc), animal experiments (handling, anesthesia, injections, colony maintenance, breeding, euthanasia, tissue harvesting, simple surgery), analysis of ions, biomarkers, chemical compounds and metabolites by ion chromatography, and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry. The specialist will participate in a robust training program preparing them to become an independent investigator. The specialist will present data at scientific meetings, prepare manuscripts, apply for research funding, and mentor junior members of the lab. This position will also serve as an opportunity for the successful candidate to closely collaborate with experts in academia and industry.

Required Qualifications:

We are seeking a Specialist at the Junior, Assistant, Associate, or Full rank.

  • Specialists appointed at the Junior rank must possess (or in process of obtaining) a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent degree) in molecular and cell biology (or equivalent field) or must have at least 4 years of research experience (e.g., with instrumentation and research equipment, research methods, or creative activities).
  • Specialists appointed at the Assistant or Associate rank must possess (or in process of obtaining) a Master’s degree in molecular and cell biology (or equivalent field) or must have at least 5 years of research experience.
  • Specialists appointed at the Full rank must possess (or in process of obtaining) a terminal degree in molecular and cell biology (or equivalent field) or must have at least 10 years of research experience. Appointees at the Full level should have a significant record of academic accomplishment including publication and a record of University and/or public service. Appointees at the Full level will be provided with considerable independence in planning and execution of research.

Applicant must have all requirements met by time of hire.
Applicant’s materials must list (pending) qualifications upon submission.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Some experience in ion transport would be beneficial but is not required.
  • A strong interest and working knowledge in eye and vision science is preferred.
  • Experience with various electrophysiology techniques is helpful but not required.

Interested candidates should send their CV, Cover Letter, and contact information for three references at

Please direct any questions to Neel Pasricha, MD at

The UCSF Department of Ophthalmology is a leading eye institution for clinical care, training, research, and innovation. The Department hosts a vibrant community of clinicians, scientists, and scholars and is the #1 recipient of funding from both the National Eye Institute and Research to Prevent Blindness. The Pasricha lab’s mission is to discover and advance novel drug candidates to promote tear fluid secretion and decrease tear fluid absorption for the treatment of various ocular surface disorders, including dry eye disease. Our lab has cross disciplinary collaborations with various labs throughout UCSF and across the US providing a fertile training and intellectual environment for pursuing novel methodologies to study ocular surface ion transport.

See Table 24B ( for the salary range for this position. A reasonable estimate for this position is $49,000 - $173,900.

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)

About UC San Francisco

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

UC San Francisco seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research, or community service 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