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Junior or Assistant Specialist- Mullins Lab

Application Window

Open date: November 29, 2023

Most recent review date: Wednesday, Jan 31, 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: Thursday, May 29, 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 or Assistant Specialist- Mullins Lab
Department of Cellular & Molecular Pharmacology
University of California, San Francisco

Under general supervision (and after appropriate training), the candidate will perform cell biological experiments on both eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells involving light and electron microscopy; to perform routine cell culture of eukaryotic and prokaryotic cell lines. The eukaryotic cells will include established mouse lines such as B16-F10. The prokaryotic cells will include the thermophilic archaean Sulfolobus acidocaldarius. Follow established protocols to purify proteins and assay their biochemical activities. These proteins will include important elements of the cytoskeleton such as actin and the regulatory factors that control the assembly of actin filaments. Under general supervision, help to design and perform biochemical experiments aimed at reconstituting essential cellular processes from purified components.

Required Qualifications:

  • Junior Specialist- A bachelor’s degree (or equivalent degree) in a field relevant to biomedical research, such as biochemistry, biology, biophysics, or bioengineering.

  • Assistant Specialist- A master’s degree or a bachelor’s degree in a field relevant to biomedical research, such as biochemistry, biology, biophysics, or bioengineering with 3 or more years of research experience.

  • At least six months of biomedical research lab experience, either during undergraduate education or after graduation.

  • Candidate’s must meet the required qualifications at the time of appointment. Candidate’s CV must state qualifications (or if pending) upon submission.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Two years of experience working in a research lab
  • Experience with protein purification, especially using an AKTA purification system
  • Experience with high-resolution light microscopy, especially fluorescence microscopy
  • Troubleshooting problems with protein purification and/or protein stability
  • Dealing with cell culture contamination
  • Designing recombinant DNA constructs for use in expressing fluorescent fusion proteins in live cells
  • Optimizing conditions for preparing cells for scanning electron microscopy

Please apply online at, with a CV, cover letter, and two references (contact information only).

See Table 24B for the salary range for this position. A reasonable estimate for this position is $51,300-$65,900.

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