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Specialist Position- Susa Lab

Application Window

Open date: November 3, 2022

Most recent review date: Friday, Nov 18, 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, May 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

Specialist Position- Susa Lab
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
University of California, San Francisco

The Susa lab is starting the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at UCSF and is seeking applicants for a research technician position using structural biology, membrane protein biochemistry, cell biology, and protein engineering to understand fundamental mechanisms of transmembrane signaling within the human immune system. Our work will focus on B cells, one of the major components of the adaptive immune system, that generate neutralizing antibodies to foreign agents. Projects include: 1) developing new tools to identify and characterize novel regulators of early B cell signaling, 2) structurally characterizing B cell receptor and co-receptor complexes to elucidate how the strength of B cell signaling is regulated, and 3) engineering cell-state-specific, modulatory antibodies that selectively target certain B cell subsets. The successful applicant will work closely with Dr. Susa to learn necessary skills and techniques and then work independently and together with other members of the lab.
This position is ideal for a candidate with a background in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, immunology, or a related field interested in gaining research experience at the interface of multiple disciplines in an academic setting. We are seeking candidates who can provide at least a 1-year commitment, with a preference for candidates who can stay for at least two years. Dr. Susa will work with the candidate to ensure individual goals are developed and pursued and significant growth opportunities are available, including independent research projects, mentorship roles, and exposure to scientific writing.

Required Qualifications:
• A degree in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, or a related field.
• Previous laboratory research experience.
• Desire to learn new skills, approaches, and techniques
• Specialists appointed at the Junior rank must possess a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent degree) or at least four years of lab research experience
• Specialists appointed at the Assistant rank must possess a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) or at least five to ten years of lab research experience
• Specialists appointed at the Full rank must possess (or be in the process of obtaining) a terminal degree (or equivalent degree) or at least ten or more years of lab research experience
• Candidates must meet the requirements by the time of appointment. CV must list pending requirements.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Prior experience with protein biochemistry and some exposure to structural biology
• Prior experience with eukaryotic cell culture techniques
• Knowledge of molecular biology techniques, including DNA construct design and cloning, DNA purification, immunoprecipitation

Please apply online at link with a CV, cover letter, and the contact information of 2 references.

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 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.