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Wittmann Lab - Junior/Assistant Specialist

Application Window

Open date: March 12, 2024

Most recent review date: Wednesday, Mar 27, 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, Sep 12, 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

Wittmann Lab – Junior/Assistant Specialist
School of Dentistry – Cell & Tissue Biology

The Wittmann lab integrates fundamental cell biology with quantitative microscopy and synthetic biology to decipher mechanisms by which the cytoskeleton directs cell dynamics and morphogenesis in relation to cancer and neurodevelopmental disease. The overall purpose of this job is to support research operations in the Wittmann lab and to advance an independent project. Under direct supervision, duties of the Specialist will include but are not limited to: assisting lab personnel with ongoing projects, which will involve molecular, biochemical and cell biological experiments, maintaining mammalian cell culture including differentiation of human induced pluripotent stem cells, fluorescence microscopy, microfabrication and other techniques as instructed. The Specialist will also be expected to assist with ordering and organizing lab supplies, to maintain communication with support staff and lab personnel and perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • 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.
  • Familiarity with basic biomedical laboratory techniques.
  • 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.
  • Must have (or be in process of obtaining) a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) or a baccalaureate degree with three or more years of research experience to be appointed at the Assistant rank.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience with mammalian and/or induced pluripotent stem cell culture.
  • Prior experience with molecular biology such as design and assembly of DNA constructs and/or genome editing.
  • Prior experience with live cell fluorescence microscopy.

We are seeking at least a 1-year commitment. Depending on performance and workload, opportunities for independent research, mentorship of other trainees, and scientific writing will be available.

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.

Please apply online at with curriculum vitae and contact information for two references. Applicant materials must list current and/or pending qualifications upon submission. The selected candidate must meet all of the qualifications at the time of appointment.

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 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