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Junior Specialist- Kheirbek Lab

Application Window

Open date: February 9, 2024

Most recent review date: Friday, May 10, 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: Saturday, Aug 9, 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

Junior Specialist- Kheirbek Lab
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
University of California, San Francisco

The Kheirbek lab in the in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is seeking a Junior Specialist. Our lab is focused on understanding the neural circuits that generate emotional behavior (see for more information). The successful candidates will assist in general laboratory tasks including general laboratory management, ordering supplies, compliance with animal and chemical regulatory protocols, mouse colony maintenance, immunohistochemical analysis of brain tissue, behavioral analysis, conducting chemogenetic/ optogenetic and calcium imaging experiments in awake behaving mice, beginning with generation/ genotyping of mice, construction and surgical implantation of optical cannulas, mouse behavioral experiments, imaging and data analysis. We are especially keen to hire an individual who is highly motivated and capable of both working in a team and independent problem solving. Selected candidates will have the opportunity to contribute meaningfully to projects and co-author peer-reviewed publications.

Required Qualifications:

  • Specialists appointed at the junior rank must possess a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent degree) in biology or a related discipline by the start date.
  • Experience working in a research laboratory is a prerequisite.

Please apply online at, with a CV, cover letter, and three references.

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

  • 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