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Senior Research Scientist – Ashworth Lab

Application Window

Open date: December 20, 2023

Most recent review date: Thursday, Jan 4, 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 20, 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

Senior Research Scientist – Ashworth Lab

The Cancer Center is recruiting a Specialist to join the Ashworth Lab. Research in the Ashworth Lab focuses on identifying genetic vulnerabilities in cancer that can be exploited therapeutically. The successful candidate will join a team of researchers using cutting edge technologies to uncover novel therapeutic targets and explore drug sensitivities in cancer. The candidate will work at the bench in a wet lab setting and will be responsible for conducting hypothesis-driven research projects utilizing a variety of cancer models. The candidate will be expected to contribute to multiple publications and grant submissions and will have opportunities to collaborate with both academic and industry partners.

Job responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Work independently and collaboratively to develop and drive various research projects.
  • Train and mentor PhD students, postdocs, and other laboratory staff.
  • Participate in ordering, maintenance of lab equipment and other lab organization as needed.

Required qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to think critically and troubleshoot experiments.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to multitask and work under minimal supervision.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Enthusiasm for doing science and an ability to pick up new techniques quickly.
  • At least 10 years of experience working with mammalian cell lines in culture.
  • Knowledge of and experience performing basic molecular biology techniques, including molecular cloning, nucleic acid isolation, PCR, and protein expression analyses.
  • Experience with CRISPR-editing and pooled CRISPR screening techniques.
  • Expertise in cancer biology.
  • Experience performing gene transfer studies using lentiviral infection of human cells.
  • Extensive experience with flow cytometry assays.
  • Possess (or be in the process of obtaining) a terminal degree (or equivalent degree) or must have at least ten or more years of research experience.
  • Applicant’s materials must list (pending) qualifications upon submission.
  • Applicants must have obtained the degree requirement for the Specialist rank by the time of hire.

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 $86,900 - $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
  • 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