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Application Window

Open date: September 27, 2023

Most recent review date: Thursday, Oct 12, 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, Mar 27, 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


The Department of Ophthalmology at the University of California, San Francisco, is currently accepting applications for an Associate or Full Specialist position in the laboratory of Dr. Xin Duan. Specialists are expected to engage in specialized research in the retina and the brain and to use their professional expertise to make scientific and scholarly contributions, and may participate in University and Public Service.

The Specialist will study in the field of neural development and regenerative medicine, with intensive training in neural development and signaling mechanisms regulating early neural development; rich knowledge and strong experiences in vector construction, such as expression vector, shRNA vector etc.; skills at in situ hybridization of early embryos and in utero electroporation onto the mouse developing cortex; skills at the culture of primary embryonic neurons; skills at engineering knock-in and knock-out; experience in mentoring junior graduate students and technicians.

Required Qualifications:

  • Specialists appointed at the Associate rank must possess (or in the process of obtaining) a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) or five to ten years of experience in the relevant specialization.
  • Specialists appointed at the full rank must possess (or in the process of obtaining) a terminal degree (or equivalent degree) or ten or more years of experience in the relevant specialization.
  • The candidate must have organizational and collaborative skills.
  • Must be adaptable, reliable, and willing to learn.
  • Excellent communication skills are essential.
  • Applicants’ materials must list current and/or pending qualifications upon submission.
  • Applicant must have all requirements met by time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Candidates with a terminal degree and strong research background in the appropriate field.
  • Prior research/wet lab experience and basic molecular biology and chemistry knowledge is preferred.

Please apply online with CV, statement of research, and contact information for two references at

Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue as needed throughout the recruitment period. Salary and rank 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 $70,500 - $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

  • 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 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