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Junior or Assistant Research Specialist

Application Window

Open date: February 8, 2024

Most recent review date: Friday, Feb 23, 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, Aug 8, 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

Overview: The Fassett laboratory at the UCSF-Parnassus Campus is looking for a dedicated and enthusiastic recent college graduate to join our team as a junior/asst research specialist. Founded in spring 2023, our growing research group studies T cell biology and allergic inflammation in skin, lungs, and gut. Your direct supervisor will be Dr. Marlys Fassett, a physician-scientist/dermatologist whose research program spans from in vitro molecular immunology to neuroimmunology to mouse models of inflammatory disease.

Required: The ideal candidate will have completed relevant coursework in neuroscience, immunology or molecular biology

Preferred: hands-on research experience in immunology

Key experimental techniques you will be expected to learn and perform with us include: mouse and human tissue processing, flow cytometry, mouse husbandry, and other animal procedures. Up to 10% of your time will also be dedicated to general lab support such as ordering and receiving of supplies. We also intend to support you as you develop sufficient skills and autonomy to drive an independent research sub-project within the lab. Depending upon your prior experience and interest, your project may involve experiments that employ immunofluorescence microscopy, analysis of RNA-sequencing data, or development of novel assays to model the relationship between sensory nerves and other skin cell types in vitro.

The Position: 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. Specialists appointed at the junior rank must possess a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent degree) or equivalent research experience (e.g., with instrumentation and research equipment, social science research methods, or creative activities). Specialists appointed at the Assistant rank must possess a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) or a bachelor’s degree with three or more years of research experience. Preference given to candidates with hands on experience in flow cytometry, in vitro cell differentiation assays, and/or other core immunology techniques. Candidates must meet all of the required qualifications at the time of appointment. Candidate’s CV must state qualifications (or if pending) upon submission.

Timing: 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. The anticipated start date on is on or before [date].

Contact: To be considered for the position you must also apply online at, with a CV and the contact information of three references.

Application Requirements

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

  • 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