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Department of Pediatrics - Junior Specialists (Piao Lab)

Application Window

Open date: December 19, 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: Thursday, Jun 19, 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

UCSF School of Medicine and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals
Department of Pediatrics & Weill Institute for Neurosciences
Junior Specialists

The Piao Lab at the Weill Institute for Neurosciences of the University of California, San Francisco is actively seeking multiple Junior Specialists. We invite highly motivated, independent, and organized individuals to join our team. As part of our collaborative environment, you will contribute to the study of neuroimmune interplays and their impact on typical brain development, homeostasis, and their role in neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative diseases.

Selected candidates will join a major academic medical center and established training program. This position would actively contribute to the Department's mission of excellence in research, education, and patient care.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Participate in ongoing studies of mouse models:
    • Work with laboratory animals (e.g., rodents).
    • Involvement in maintaining transgenic mouse colonies and performing essential procedures.
  • Conduct independent research under guidance:
    • Pursue independent research projects within the scope of glial-glial and glial-neuronal interactions in brain development and diseases.
  • Write and edit manuscripts:
    • Co-author original research articles, review papers, and book chapters.
    • Edit manuscripts and assist in crafting grant applications.
  • Perform administrative tasks:
    • Share administrative duties with other SRAs in the lab.
    • Gain experience in routine lab management, including ordering, equipment maintenance, and writing and managing lab protocols.

Required Qualifications:

  • Specialists appointed at the Junior rank must possess a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent degree) or at least four years of research experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ideal candidates will have knowledge of biology, neuroscience, or a related field.
  • Minimum two-year undergraduate wet laboratory research experience.
  • Meticulous recordkeeping, organizational skills, and excellent communication skills are essential.
  • A strong passion for science and a positive attitude are highly desirable.
  • Plus points for strong scientific writing skills and prior editing experience.

Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue as needed throughout the recruitment period. Salary and rank are 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.

Interested candidates can apply online at with a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for 3 references. Applicant materials must list current and/or pending qualifications upon submission. The selected candidate(s) must meet all of the qualifications at the time of appointment.

For more information contact the Principal Investigator:
Xianhua Piao, MD, PhD
Professor In Residence
Division of Neonatology
UCSF Department of Pediatrics

The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) is one of the top biomedical research institutions in the nation. For the 16th year in a row, UCSF garnered the top spot among public institutions in funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2022. The Department’s clinical enterprise is based at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, Mount Zion, Zuckerberg San Francisco General, and at a number of outreach clinics throughout Northern California, providing the Department with an unsurpassed opportunity to meet the needs of infants, children, and young adults throughout the Bay Area. For 2023-2024, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals ranked in all 10 children’s specialties in U.S. News and World Report. Nestled in a dynamic and unique geography distinguished by unprecedented innovations in technology, UCSF and the Department of Pediatrics are able to bring research and industry together to advance health.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

  • Curriculum Vitae - CV must clearly list current and/or pending qualifications (e.g. board eligibility/certification, medical licensure, etc.).

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Please see the following page for more details: Contributions to Diversity Statement

Reference requirements
  • 3 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