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Research Specialist – Dunn lab

Application Window

Open date: December 13, 2023

Most recent review date: Friday, Feb 16, 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: Friday, Jun 13, 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

Research Specialist – Dunn lab

A full-time Research Specialist position is available at the University of California, San Francisco (Mission Bay Campus), Department of Ophthalmology. The goal of the Dunn lab is to understand how visual information is parsed and processed in the retina and to determine how this information is perturbed in disease. The area of specialization entails colony maintenance, genotyping, experimental support, lab organization and management and provide technical assistance in research experiments. The candidate will handle mice and be familiar with or eager to learn molecular biology, cell biology, and imaging techniques. The Specialist will work closely with the principal investigator and other members of the laboratory and is expected to be familiar with a given procedure but must be highly motivated, willing to learn, and very attentive to details to benefit from instruction. The expectation is for the candidate to achieve independence in regular activities and maintain detailed records.

Required Qualifications:

  • Specialists appointed at the junior rank must possess a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent degree) or must have at least four years of research experience.
  • Specialists appointed at the Assistant rank must possess a master’s degree or a baccalaureate degree with 3 or more years of research experience.
  • Specialists appointed at the Associate rank must possess 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 a terminal degree (or equivalent degree) or ten or more years of experience in the relevant specialization.
  • Demonstrating expertise in the relevant specialization directly-related laboratory research experience in cell biology and neurobiology, or equivalent experience in confocal microscopy, fine dissection skills, and an eye for subtle differences in tissue, cell, and sub-cellular structure.
  • Candidates must have organizational and collaborative skills, must be adaptable, reliable, and willing to learn and be a team player.
  • Applicants must meet the required qualifications at the time of hire.
  • Applicants’ materials must list current and/or pending qualifications upon submission.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Candidates with prior research/wet lab experience, and basic chemistry knowledge are preferred.
  • Candidates with experience coding in Matlab, Python, and/or Unity.

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 - $181,800.

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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

  • 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