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UCSF Junior/Assistant/Associate Specialist – Lakkaraju lab

Application Window

Open date: June 5, 2023

Most recent review date: Wednesday, Jul 26, 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, Dec 5, 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

UCSF Junior/Assistant/Associate Specialist – Lakkaraju lab

The Department of Ophthalmology at the University of California, San Francisco, is currently accepting applications for a Junior/Assistant/Associate Specialist in the laboratory of Dr. Aparna Lakkaraju. Our research focuses on identifying pathological mechanisms and developing therapeutics for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a complex neurodegenerative disease that destroys high-resolution central vision in over 50 million older adults. The candidate will join an interdisciplinary team of scientists to evaluate novel therapeutic targets in mouse models of disease.

This is a full-time position ideal for applicants interested in developing mouse models of disease to evaluate pathology and potential drug candidates. To learn about our science, visit:

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Manage transgenic mouse colonies, including breeding and genotyping.
  • Perform routine biochemical, molecular biology, and confocal microscopy experiments.
  • Design and execute studies in mouse models.
  • Generate and maintain primary cell cultures.
  • Perform data analysis, record keeping.
  • Participate in grant and manuscript writing.
  • Present findings at national and international meetings.
  • Mentor trainees as needed.

Required Qualifications:

  • Specialists appointed at the junior rank must possess (or in process of obtaining) a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent degree) in biological/biochemical science or related field or must have at least four years of research experience in a related field.
  • Specialists appointed at the Assistant rank must possess (or in process of obtaining) a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) in biological/biochemical science or related field or must have a baccalaureate degree with three or more years of research experience.
  • Specialists appointed at the Associate rank must possess (or in process of obtaining) a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) in biological/biochemical science or related field or must have at least five – ten years of experience in the relevant specialization.
  • Appointees at the Associate level must have significant record of academic accomplishment including published or in-press publication, and a demonstrated record of university and/or public service.
  • Applicants’ materials must list current and/or pending qualifications upon submission.
  • Applicants must have obtained the degree requirement for the Specialist rank by the time of hire.
  • Hands-on experience working with rodents.
  • Proficiency in designing, executing, and analyzing in vivo experiments.
  • Experience with standard molecular and cell biology techniques including cell culture, western blotting, microscopy, PCR, genotyping, cloning.

Preferred Qualification:

  • Experience with ocular disease models is preferred.

Please apply online at

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 - $78,500.

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: Contributions to Diversity Statement

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 2-3 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