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Junior/Assistant/Associate Specialist- Weiss Lab

Application Window

Open date: April 17, 2023

Most recent review date: Friday, May 19, 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: Thursday, Oct 17, 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 Specialist- Weiss Lab

The Weiss Lab at the Helen Diller Cancer Center at UCSF is seeking a talented, motivated and energetic individual looking to gain experience in academic research in a dynamic and diverse lab environment. Specifically, we are seeking a Junior, Assistant or Associate Specialist who will join a team of scientists using stem cell based models to study mechanisms that drive neurally derived pediatric tumors. Candidates will perform molecular biology techniques, particularly cloning targeting constructs and CRISPR plasmids, assist in culturing and differentiating human stem cells, and analyze RNA and protein expression via qPCR analysis, immunofluorescence, flow cytometry and Western blot. The Specialist will also work with mice, performing surgeries and orthotopic injections. Candidates will have the opportunity to present at lab meetings, career development seminars and conferences, earn authorships on publications where they contribute data, and will assist in lab management duties. This is an ideal position to gain experience in both basic science and translational research and suited for those who have a desire to pursue an advanced degree in biological sciences or medicine.

Required Qualifications

  • Junior Specialist- BA/BS degree obtained (or in progress) in biological-related science (must have degree in hand by the time of hire)
  • Assistant Specialist- a master’s degree or a bachelor’s degree in biological-related science with 3 or more years of research experience.
  • Associate Specialist- a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) in biological-related science or five to ten years of experience in the relevant specialization.
  • Knowledge and/or experience with basic cell and molecular biology protocols
  • Familiarity culturing mammalian cells
  • Strong organizational, multitasking, and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a research team
  • Candidates must meet the required qualifications at the time of appointment.
  • Candidate’s CV or cover letter must state qualifications (or if pending) upon submission.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with culturing human pluripotent stem cells
  • Previous experience working with mice
  • Genome editing (e.g. CRISRP/Cas9) experience

Please apply online with at, with a CV, cover letter, and three references (contact information only).

See Table 24B ( for the salary range for this position. A reasonable estimate for this position is $49,000 - $78,500.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity (Optional)

  • 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