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Molecular/Cell Biologist – Professional Researcher Series*

Application Window

Open date: September 18, 2023

Most recent review date: Tuesday, Oct 3, 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: Tuesday, Mar 18, 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

Molecular/Cell Biologist – Professional Researcher Series

The Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases (IND) at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is seeking a molecular/cell biologist to design, develop and validate novel tools for the study of neurodegenerative diseases. The director of the IND is Nobel Laureate Dr. Stanley Prusiner.

The successful candidate will have a strong track record in neurodegenerative disease research and/or neuropharmacology and will join a multi-disciplinary team of scientists dedicated to finding a treatment for neurodegenerative diseases by discovering small molecule drugs that prevent the propagation and spread of misfolded proteins in cells, animal models, and eventually, human patients. The team is engaged in fundamental research to understand the process of protein misfolding as well as translational research to apply this knowledge toward drug discovery assays. The candidate should have strong practical experience in protein expression and/or cell culture. The candidate should have excellent management and communication skills and work well in a team environment.


  • Ph.D. with emphasis in neuroscience, neurodegeneration, neuropharmacology, or related field and a minimum of 3 + years of industry and/or academic experience.
  • Experience in both molecular and cell biology, including:
    • DNA cloning and the construction of expression vectors
    • Western blotting, immunoprecipitation and protein purification
    • Transient transfection and cloning
  • Candidates with experience in neuronal cell biology, neurodegeneration biology, and/or drug development are strongly encouraged to apply (preferred).
  • Applicants should possess excellent managerial, leadership, organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills, as well as exhibit evidence of imagination in problem solving.
  • Applicants should have a record of high-level publications focused on neurodegeneration, cell-biology, and/or translational research.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills are preferred.
  • Candidates must meet the required qualifications by the time of appointment.
  • Candidate’s application materials must state qualifications (or if pending) upon submission.

This is a full-time position with excellent benefits. Salary is dependent upon experience.

Interested applicants must submit curriculum vitae with a list of publications, in the cover letter- a brief statement of research accomplishments and interests, and contact information for three professional references.

Please apply online at

*Rank will be commensurate with background, experience, and work history.

See Table 13B for the salary range for this position. A reasonable estimate for this position is $87,100 - $231,800.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae with a list of publications - CV must clearly list current and/or pending qualifications (e.g. board eligibility/certification, medical licensure, etc.).

  • Cover Letter - a brief statement of research accomplishments and interests

  • 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