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Yu Lab – Junior Specialist

Application Window

Open date: October 18, 2023

Next review date: Friday, May 31, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Apr 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

Yu Lab – Junior Specialist

SCHOOL OF MEDICINE – Anesthesia and Perioperative Care


The Yu lab is seeking candidates to join our group as a Junior Specialist (Research Technician). Our lab focuses on functional molecular/cellular mechanisms that underlie pain processing. We take a multidisciplinary approach, involving molecular, neuroanatomical, pharmacological, behavioral approaches in mice and patient induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) derived disease model to address these pain processing mechanisms.

The candidates will be expected to contribute to this research by working on new and ongoing projects, one involving the contribution of neuroimmune interaction to the development and maintenance of neuropathic pain using both chemical and genetic approaches. The second research project involves pharmacological evaluation in the mouse of the pain-relieving effects of different novel compounds. The animal’s behavior is examined using different tests of heat and mechanical sensitivity in both the control and injury models. Additionally, the junior specialist will assist with managing day-to-day lab operations and perform general lab duties and be a positive lab citizen.

This position is an excellent opportunity to gain basic and translational research experience in preparation for application to a PhD or MD program. Depending on performance and workload, co-authorship on scientific publications will be possible.

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.
  • Specialists appointed at the junior rank must possess (or in the process of obtaining) a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent degree).
  • We are seeking at least a 2-year commitment.
  • Applicants must meet the requirements by the time of appointment.
  • Applicants’ materials must list current and/or pending qualifications upon submission.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience with behavioral testing of rodents
  • Prior experience with molecular biology research
  • Prior experience performing immunohistochemical and/or in situ hybridization studies.

Appointees in the Specialist series will be expected to engage in specialized research, professional activities and do not have teaching responsibilities. Specialists are expected to use their professional expertise to make scientific and scholarly contributions, and may participate in University and Public Service. 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 $51,300 - $54,600.

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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 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