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Knox Lab - Junior Specialist

Application Window

Open date: March 25, 2024

Most recent review date: Tuesday, Apr 9, 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 25, 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

Knox Lab – Junior Specialist
Department of Cell & Tissue Biology
UC San Francisco

The Knox Lab is seeking a Junior Specialist to join the group and contribute to new and ongoing research focused on dry eye disease and nerve-tissue interactions in the cornea. Using an autoimmune disease mouse as our model system, we study the cellular and molecular basis of dry eye and the mechanisms of chronic injury and cornea regeneration. The candidate will be expected to contribute to these research directions, by using techniques including mouse genetics, molecular biology, immunohistochemistry, 3D imaging, bioinformatics, etc. An exception 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 Junior Specialist will be expected to assist with managing day-to-day 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 Qualifications:

  • Must have (or be in process of obtaining) a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent degree) or at least four years of research experience to be appointed at the Junior rank.
  • 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.

We are seeking an 18-month to 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.

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

Please apply online at with CV 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