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Liu Lab – Junior Specialist

Application Window

Open date: January 29, 2024

Most recent review date: Thursday, Apr 18, 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: Tuesday, Jul 29, 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

Liu Lab – Junior Specialist



The Liu lab is seeking a Junior Specialist to join our group and contribute to new and ongoing projects. Using Drosophila fruit flies as a model system, our lab studies the cellular and molecular basis of nutrient-specific appetite, and how these mechanisms contribute to diet-induced obesity and other metabolic disorders. The candidate will be expected to contribute to these research directions, by using techniques including fly genetics, microbiology, molecular biology, immunohistochemistry, neuronal imaging, behavioral analyses, etc. An exceptional candidate will lead their own independent project, be familiar with the literature, develop new ideas, and participate in procurement of funds, where appropriate. Additionally, the specialist will be expected to assist with managing day-to-day lab operations, and perform general lab duties and be a positive lab citizen. Depending on performance and workload, mentorship of other trainees, and scientific writing will be available.

Required Qualification (Applicants must meet requirements by the time of appointment):

  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Willingness and ability to learn new methods and skills for changing research priorities.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a research team.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, coordinate work tasks with others, and meet multiple deadlines.
  • Must have (or be in process of obtaining) a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent degree) or four years of research experience to be appointed at the Junior rank.

We are seeking at least a 1-year, preferably 2-year commitment. We are committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace in our lab, and welcome applicants from underrepresented backgrounds to join us.

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Job location
San Francisco, CA


Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
Cover Letter (Optional)
Statement of Research (Optional)
Statement of Teaching (Optional)
Statement of Contributions to Diversity (Optional)
Misc / Additional (Optional)

2 references required (contact information only)

See Table 24B for the salary range for this position. A reasonable estimate for this position is $51,300-$54,600.

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 (Optional)

  • 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