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Turnbaugh Lab – Junior/Assistant/Associate/Full Specialist

Application Window

Open date: August 14, 2023

Most recent review date: Tuesday, Aug 29, 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: Friday, Feb 14, 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

Turnbaugh Lab – Junior/Assistant/Associate/Full Specialist

SCHOOL OF MEDICINE – Hooper Foundation


The Turnbaugh lab is seeking a Junior/Assistant/Associate/Full Specialist to join our group and contribute to new and ongoing projects. This work will focus on the study of the microbiome using Gnotobiotic mice, and will include performing advanced experimental techniques to execute experiments (for example, the Specialist may administer experimental agents via oral, i.p., or subcutaneous routes, and follow up with experimental disease scoring and tracking, dissection and processing of tissues, or other techniques deemed experimentally necessary). Lab techniques performed by the Specialist include (but are not limited to): DNA extraction, PCR, qPCR, microbial cultures, gram staining, and genotyping. The candidate will also be expected to contribute to novel projects advancing research and development of Gnotobiotic tools. For example, the candidate will work on the development of novel models (such as allergy and asthma) in sterile mice and the translation of embryo-transfer techniques into a germ-free setting, among other projects. An exceptional candidate will move these projects forward independently, helping the lab to develop and test new ideas. Additionally, the specialist will be expected to assist with managing day-to-day lab operations within the Gnotobiotic core facility, perform general lab duties, and be a positive lab citizen.

Required Qualifications:
• Excellent organizational and interpersonal communication skills (verbal and written)
• Willingness and ability to learn new methods and skills for changing research priorities.
• Ability to work independently and as a member of a research team.
• Ability to prioritize tasks, coordinate work tasks with others, and meet multiple deadlines.
• Prior experience working in a research-based setting with murine models.
• Must have (or be in process of obtaining) a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent degree) or four years of research experience to be appointed at the Junior rank.
• Must have (or be in process of obtaining) a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) or a bachelor’s degree with 3 or more years of research experience to be appointed at the Assistant rank.
• Must have (or be in process of obtaining) a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) or at least five to ten years of research experience to be appointed at the Associate rank.
• Must have (or be in process of obtaining) a terminal degree (or equivalent degree) or at least ten or more years of research experience to be appointed at the Full rank.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Prior experience with handling pathogenic (BSL2) microbes, aseptic techniques
• Experience with DNA extraction, PCR, genotyping, and gel electrophoresis
• Prior experience in gnotobiotic mouse handling/maintenance in positive pressure isolators, with a focus on sterility
• Prior experience in advanced techniques in murine models (such as injection of compounds, oral gavage, anesthesia, surgery techniques and documentation)

We are seeking at least a 1-year commitment. Depending on performance and workload, opportunities for independent research, mentorship of other trainees, and scientific writing will be available.

Applicants must meet requirements by the time of appointment.

Please apply online at Applicants’ materials must list current and/or pending qualifications upon submission.

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 (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
  • 2-4 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