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Junior or Assistant Specialist — Stewart Lab

Application Window

Open date: February 10, 2023

Most recent review date: Friday, Nov 24, 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: Saturday, Aug 10, 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 or Assistant Specialist — Stewart Lab

A Junior or Assistant Specialist position is available in the Stewart Lab to study ocular diseases and their treatment in the Department of Ophthalmology at the UCSF School of Medicine in San Francisco. The Stewart Lab studies retinal and corneal diseases, ocular drug delivery, and proteomics in ocular biospecimens.

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.

The successful candidate will assist with specialized ophthalmic research projects including: corneal ultrasound treatments, corneal confocal microscopy studies, design of ocular tissue permeability testers based on engineering principles and implementation with 3-D printer, harvesting of ocular tissue and cells from primary tissues, ocular cell culture and experimentation with various assays, quantification of ocular therapeutic agents with ELISA and HPLC, RNA extraction from ocular tissues and gene amplification with PCR. The specialist will also assist with implementation and logistical support for educational programs in the ophthalmic surgical teaching laboratory.

Specialists appointed at the junior rank must possess a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent degree) or must have at least four years of research experience (e.g., with instrumentation and research equipment, social science research methods, or creative activities). Specialists appointed at Assistant rank must possess a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) or must have at least five years of experience in relevant specialization. The candidate must be hard working, passionate about research and be able to work independently and as part of a team. Applicants should be willing to learn the skills necessary for ophthalmic research, ocular tissue dissection for collection of viable cells, ocular ultrasound devices, confocal microscopy, PCR, mitochondrial assays, and computer assisted design are preferred. Applicant must have all basic qualifications met by the time of appointment. Prior experience with laboratory techniques is preferred but not required. Applicant’s materials must list (pending) qualifications upon submission.

Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue as needed throughout the recruitment period or until filled. Salary and rank will be commensurate with the applicants experience and training. Interested individuals should send their CV, cover letter, a statement of career goals and contact information for three (3) references to Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue as needed throughout the recruitment period. Salary will be commensurate with the applicants experience and training.

See Table 24B ( for the salary range for this position. A reasonable estimate for this position is $49,000 - $63,000.

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:

  • Statement of Career Goals

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