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Junior Specialist – Schneider Lab

Application Window

Open date: November 23, 2022

Most recent review date: Thursday, Dec 8, 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 23, 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 Specialist – Schneider Lab

Under the supervision of the Principal Investigator (PI), the incumbent will participate in developmental biology research projects directed towards understanding molecular and cellular mechanisms of skeletal patterning and differentiation in bone, cartilage, muscle, and tendon. Incumbent will be assigned their own projects as well as help support projects of key lab personnel, assist in, and learn how to perform surgery in avian embryos, cell culture, and standard molecular biology techniques including but not limited to DNA cloning and isolation, PCR, RNA isolation, RT-PCR, protein isolation, and western blot analysis. Incumbent will assist with sample collection, preparation, and analysis of biological specimens using techniques including histology, immunohistochemistry, in situ hybridization, μCT, and morphometrics. Incumbent will perform general molecular and cellular biological experiments.

In addition, incumbent will order supplies, perform general laboratory maintenance; assist and prepare laboratory equipment/supplies/chemicals for projects assigned by the principal investigator and other key personnel. Incumbent will stock and maintain laboratory supplies. Incumbent will participate in managing egg orders, incubators, and associated surgical tools and instruments.

Under supervision, the incumbent will learn and be trained on how to capture images of specimens using confocal and light microscopes, maintain accurate record of experiments, collect data, perform data entry, and maintain databases. Incumbent will prepare reports, presentations, manuscripts, figures, and perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Required Qualifications:
• Specialists appointed at the junior rank must possess a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent degree) or at least four years of relevant research experience (e.g., with instrumentation and research equipment, social science research methods, or creative activities).
• Highly organized with good attention to detail.
• Flexible, good interpersonal skills, ability to keep a professional manner even under pressure.
• Ability to learn new methods/techniques.
• Ability to coordinate workflow, priorities, meet deadlines and manage time effectively.
• Excellent oral/written communication and analytical skills.
• Ability to work independently and as a member of a research team, and able to assess need for interaction with supervising faculty member.
• Ability to maintain a daily, detailed laboratory notebook of experiments.
• Intermediate level PC knowledge (e.g., word processing, reference manager, imaging and graphics software, web and database searches).

Preferred Qualifications:
• Basic training (course-based, lab experience, or otherwise) in developmental and/or skeletal biology.
• Experience with cell culture and molecular research techniques including but not limited to DNA cloning and isolation, PCR, RNA isolation, RT-PCR, protein isolation, and western blot analysis.
• Basic experience with microscopy and image capture.
• Post-graduate training in field.

Appointees in the Specialist series will be expected to engage in specialized research, professional activities and do not have teaching responsibilities. Specialists are expected to use their professional expertise to make scientific and scholarly contributions, and may participate in University and Public Service. Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue as needed throughout the recruitment period. Salary and rank will be commensurate with the applicants experience and training.

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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 (Optional)

  • 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