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Specialist- Clelland Lab

Application Window

Open date: July 28, 2023

Most recent review date: Friday, Jan 19, 2024 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: Tuesday, Jan 28, 2025 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- Clelland Lab
Department of Neurology
University of California, San Francisco

The Clelland lab is creating novel gene therapies to treat or cure neurodegenerative diseases, including ALS and FTD. We are hiring a particle maker to participate on a multi-disciplinary research team to develop novel delivery particles for CNS gene therapy. This person will synthesize new lipid nanoparticles and peptide conjugates to Cas9. Using our validated screening platforms in human iPSC derived cells, animal models and human tissue, particles will be screened for ability to deliver cargo to post-mitotic cells, edit post-mitotic cells, and distribute throughout the CNS. Particle maker will work closely with team members on the screening process. Multiple routes of administration will be tested. They will be responsible for understanding the particle landscape and literature. They will collect data, analyze, and validate particle size, purity, composition, storage parameters and analyze outcome measures on the above screening platforms. The particle maker will be proactive, self-motivated with strong critical thinking, analytic and problem-solving skills. This is an exciting and interdisciplinary team working on one of the most important challenges in translational medicine. The ideal candidate for this position has a background in lipid and/or peptide synthesis that may derive from a variety of backgrounds (chemistry, biochemistry, biology, physics, etc. in academia or industry). We have additional programs to develop entrepreneurial skillsets. We have experience mentoring people from diverse backgrounds in a welcoming environment. Salary competitive and commensurate with experience.

Required Qualifications:

  • Junior Specialist- A bachelor’s degree (or equivalent degree) in scientific discipline or at least four years of laboratory or industry-based experience.
  • Assistant Specialist- A master’s degree or a bachelor’s degree in scientific discipline with 3 or more years of research experience.
  • Associate Specialists- A master’s degree (or equivalent degree) in scientific discipline or five to ten years of research experience.
  • Full Specialists- A terminal degree (or equivalent degree) in scientific discipline or ten or more years of research experience.
  • Experience synthesizing lipid nanoparticles or peptides
  • Acquiring and analyzing data in a research laboratory setting
  • Self-motivated with strong communication and problem solving skills
  • Candidates must meet the required qualifications at the time of appointment.
  • Candidate’s CV must list qualifications (or if pending) upon submission.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD or Master’s with industry experience
  • Publications record in scientific journals

Please apply online at, with a CV, cover letter, and transcripts, if less than 3 years from graduation of undergraduate or master’s degree (unofficial transcript is ok), and two references.

See Table 24B for the salary range for this position. A reasonable estimate for this position is $51,300-$181,800.

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

  • Misc / Additional: Transcripts - Transcripts are required if < 3 years from graduation of undergraduate or masters degree (unofficial transcript ok)

Reference requirements
  • 2 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