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Professional Non Faculty Academic (NFA) Associate Researcher

Application Window

Open date: November 2, 2022

Most recent review date: Thursday, Nov 17, 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: Thursday, May 2, 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

Hernandez Research Group
Professional Non Faculty Academic (NFA) Associate Researcher

Position Requirements Summary
Position for highly motivated Professional Non Faculty Academic (NFA) Associate Researcher is available with the Program in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. Candidate will be hosted in a highly interactive, collaborative, and friendly laboratory with emphasis on mentorship and personal growth.

Candidate will be expected to carry out specific experiments at the laboratory bench to enable the broader mission of the lab. These studies will include basic molecular biology techniques, polymer synthesis, microbial culture, and microscopy. The candidate will be expected to identify resources to develop a leading laboratory examining interactions between living organisms and materials science, including facilitating collaborations across campus. These experimental approaches will require the candidate to be highly engaged and proactive in a dynamic research environment and in a highly collaborative atmosphere.

Required Qualifications
• PhD required in chemical engineering, bioengineering or related field and postdoctoral experience following completion of the PhD.
• Basic knowledge of laboratory practices and safety;
• General computer skills and ability to quickly learn and master computer programs, databases, and scientific applications;
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to interact productively with lab and campus personnel;
• Ability to manage multiple tasks effectively and work under deadlines with general guidance;
• Excellent organizational and planning skills to accurately complete detailed work;
• Team player.

Highly Preferred Qualifications
• Expertise with techniques and methods in microbiology and synthetic biology.
• Experience with the emerging field of engineered living materials.
• Experience with scientific communication to the general public.
• Experience managing efforts of more junior scientists.

About UCSF
The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It is the only campus in the 10-campus UC system dedicated exclusively to the health sciences. We bring together the world’s leading experts in nearly every area of health. We are home to five Nobel laureates who have advanced the understanding of cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, aging and stem cells.

Pride Values
UCSF is a diverse community made of people with many skills and talents. We seek candidates whose work experience or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity and excellence – also known as our PRIDE values.

In addition to our PRIDE values, UCSF is committed to equity – both in how we deliver care as well as our workforce. We are committed to building a broadly diverse community, nurturing a culture that is welcoming and supportive, and engaging diverse ideas for the provision of culturally competent education, discovery, and patient care. Additional information about UCSF is available at

Join us to find a rewarding career contributing to improving healthcare worldwide.

Please apply online at with cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references. Applicant materials must list current qualifications upon submission. The selected candidate must meet the qualifications at the time of application.

See Table 13B ( for the salary range for this position. A reasonable estimate for this position is $103,700 - $131,000.

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 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