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Junior/Assistant Research Specialist - Ashworth Laboratory

Application Window

Open date: December 22, 2023

Most recent review date: Tuesday, Feb 20, 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: Sunday, Jun 22, 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

The Ashworth Laboratory at UCSF is looking for a Junior/Assistant Research Specialist to join our team. The selected candidate will conduct research under the guidance and mentorship of Dr. Rickman, and members of the Ashworth Lab. The Specialist will learn to utilize a variety of research techniques and will have the opportunity to be a co-author on publications. The lab utilizes functional genomics, cell biology, CRISPR and small molecule screens, and mouse modeling approaches to explore how genetics influence tumor response. Our current research is investigating novel approaches to targeting DNA repair vulnerabilities in tumors by both small molecule and immune based therapies.

We are seeking a two-year commitment. This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to gain research experience before applying to graduate, medical, or MD/PhD programs.

The role of the Specialist will be to:

  • Willingness and ability to learn a spectrum of new methods and skills
  • Mammalian tissue culture, CRISPR engineering and generation of stable cell lines, in vitro and cellular assays
  • Molecular biology techniques including basic cloning, plasmid design and preparation, DNA extraction, immunofluorescence, western blotting, flow cytometry, etc.
  • Conducting immunocompetent mouse allograft studies, and when needed assistance with mouse colony management
  • Assist with lab maintenance duties

Required qualifications:

  • Applicants need to be self-motivated, fast learners, critical thinkers, and enthusiastic about science and medicine.
  • Specialists appointed at the junior rank must possess a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent degree) in Molecular Biology (or a related field) at time of hire.
  • Specialists appointed at the Assistant rank must possess a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) in Molecular Biology (or a related field) at time of hire.
  • One year or more of research experience in a wet lab setting.
  • Must be able/willing to perform animal experiments.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to document experiments.
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written).
  • Experience performing basic molecular biology techniques such as molecular cloning, nucleic acid isolation, PCR, etc.
  • Applicants’ materials must list current and/or pending qualifications upon submission.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience with mammalian tissue culture and flow cytometry.
  • Experience in molecular biology techniques.
  • Experience with molecular cloning.
  • Experience with mouse handling.

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 - $65,900.

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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