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Junior/Assistant/Associate/ Full Specialist- Watkins Lab

Application Window

Open date: November 17, 2023

Most recent review date: Tuesday, Apr 30, 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: Saturday, May 17, 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

Junior/Assistant/Associate/ Full Specialist- Watkins Lab
Department of Neurology
University of California, San Francisco

The Watkins Lab, located in the Sandler Neurosciences Center at UCSF Mission Bay, studies stress signaling pathways that are critical for determining the fates of neurons in diseases ranging from Alzheimer’s to ALS to glaucoma. Using PNS and CNS axon injuries as the primary model systems, we aim to understand how stress responses enable axon regeneration in the PNS but drive neurodegeneration in the CNS. Harnessing these transcriptional programs may provide opportunities for neuroprotection and CNS repair. We are seeking a talented and motivated Specialist to participate in and run research projects in the field of cellular stress signaling in neurons. Primary responsibilities will be for the design and execution of experiments using common molecular and cell biological techniques, primarily cell culture and transcriptomic analysis, in collaboration with other lab members and the PI. Secondary responsibilities will consist of assisting in laboratory management duties. There will be opportunities for collaborations with other laboratories at UCSF, other academic institutions, and industry partners. This position also includes opportunities for skill training, career development, presentations, data analysis, developing and testing new hypotheses, and authorships, in alignment with the experience, interests, and contributions of the candidate.

Required Qualifications:

  • Junior Specialist- A bachelor’s degree (or equivalent degree) or at least four years of research experience.
  • Assistant Specialist- A master’s degree or a bachelor's degree with 3 or more years of research experience.
  • Associate Specialist- A master’s degree (or equivalent degree) or five to ten years of research experience.
  • Full Specialist- A terminal degree (or equivalent degree) or ten or more years of research experience.
  • Candidates meet the requirements at the time of appointment.
  • Candidate’s CV must state qualifications (or if pending) upon submission.

Preferred Qualifications (one or more of the following):

  • Experience with mammalian cell culture
  • Experience with dissection of mouse tissues and culture of primary mouse cells
  • Experience with molecular biology, including cloning design and RNA purification
  • Experience with human iPSC culture
  • Experience with microscopy
  • Experience working with mouse husbandry, colony maintenance, and genotyping
  • Experience with mouse surgical techniques
  • Experience with scRNA-seq

Please apply online at, with a CV, cover letter, 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 (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