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Research Assistant, Microbial Genomics

Application Window

Open date: March 4, 2024

Most recent review date: Saturday, May 25, 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: Thursday, Sep 4, 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

Research Assistant, Microbial Genomics


The Benioff Center for Microbiome Medicine (BCMM) is seeking a Junior/Assistant Specialist to join our Microbial Genomics team and contribute to new and ongoing projects. The BCMM is focused on human microbiome research, with a particular interest in accelerating discovery and translation in the fields of early life microbiome and therapeutic development.

Research projects facilitated through the Microbial Genomics technology hub will be diverse, spanning disciplines within all schools across campus, and may include one or more of the following: Providing guidance on appropriate sample collection and preservation methods, sample extraction for library preparation, sequencing (16S rRNA, ITS2, metagenomics, dual RNASeq) and data analyses. The candidate will provide technical support to the facility, receiving, cataloging, and processing a variety of sample types from investigators across campus. The research assistant will work closely with the Manager, Assistant Director, another research assistant, and computational biologist to facilitate timely data generation and analysis. In addition to research projects, the candidate will collaborate with other team members on the development of novel tools to address ongoing challenges in the field of translational microbiome research.

Enabling leadership and professional development opportunities is central to the BCMM culture. Candidates will have opportunities to collaborate on scientific publications and will work with their supervisor to create a tailored professional development plan to further their career goals.

Required Qualifications:
• A B.Sc. or higher in Biology or related field
• 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.

Preferred Qualifications:
• At least one year of experience in microbiome research
• Prior experience with handling pathogenic microbes, aseptic techniques
• Prior experience in microbial genomics assay implementation, including DNA/RNA extraction, library preparation, and high throughput sequencing (16S rRNA, ITS2, metagenomics, and/or dual RNASeq)
• Prior experience in high throughput sequencing data analysis
• Experience in large-scale sample handling and processing

Please apply online at Applicants’ materials must list current and/or pending qualifications upon submission.

See Table 24B for the salary range for this position. A reasonable estimate for this position is $51,300-$65,900.

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
  • 3-5 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