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Arjomandi Lab - Associate Specialist

Application Window

Open date: April 2, 2024

Most recent review date: Wednesday, Apr 17, 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, Oct 2, 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

Associate Specialist (50%) – Step 3

An Associate Specialist position is available in the Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care at the San Francisco VA in the laboratory of Dr. Mehrdad Arjomandi. Salary will be commensurate with the level of experience.

The Arjomandi lab’s focus is centered on the paradigm that respiratory exposures to pollutants and toxicants contribute to development and advancement of chronic lung diseases, and may further yield systemic effects well beyond lungs involving other organ systems. Under this paradigm, the research activities in the lab have focused on understanding the physiologic and immunologic mechanisms via which respiratory exposures contribute to chronic lung disease and how knowledge of these mechanisms could be translated into ways to better define, prognosticate, and manage disease burden at both individual and societal levels.

The overall goals of the projects related to this position are to understand the cardiopulmonary physiological changes associated with inhalational exposure to airborne hazards and the pathophysiology and biology associated with those changes.

Job Requirements:

• Must hold a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) or five to ten years of experience in the relevant specialization.
• Expertise in clinical/translational research with demonstrated skills to lead research projects independently, along with general direction, to execute, manage, and coordinate research protocols, as directed by the Principal Investigator (PI).
• Experience with the guidelines of academic clinical research protocols and regulating agency policies.
• Experience with handling of human biological samples including blood, sputum, and bronchoalveolar lavage.
• Experience data collection, management, analysis, interpretation, and dissemination in the form of scientific abstracts, presentations, and writing under the supervision of PI.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills. Actively participate in writing journal articles and grant proposals.
• Work independently and as part of a team, collaborating with others.
• Strong statistical and analytical skills.
• Have at least two years of availability.

Key responsibilities:

• Supporting the management of the tasks of clinical research studies assigned to them, depending on their size and complexity.
• Manage Investigator’s protocols in the Institutional Review Board online system, as well as renewals and modifications of protocol applications and the implementation of new studies.
• Participate in the review and writing of protocols to ensure institutional review board approval within university compliance. Help assure compliance with all relevant regulatory agencies.
• Implement and maintain periodic quality control procedures.
• Recruiting, screening, coordinating visits of human subjects.
• Administering questionnaires and entering and maintaining accurate data records.
• Performance of spirometry tests, vital signs measurements, cardiopulmonary exercise testing, controlled human exposure studies, sputum induction, and processing, storing, and shipping of biological samples obtained by phlebotomy, sputum induction or bronchoscopy.
• Monitoring and documenting the general well-being of the participant during their study participation.
• Manage and report on study results; create, clean, update, and manage databases and comprehensive datasets and reports. Oversee study data integrity, management, analysis, and interpretation.
• Act as intermediary between services and departments while overseeing data and specimen management. Interface with departments to obtain UCSF approval prior to study initiation; maintain all regulatory documents.
• Report study progress to investigators and prepare scientific presentations in form of abstracts, presentations, and manuscripts.
• Assist with training of research support staff including clinical research coordinators and research specialist under PI oversight.
• Assist in writing scientific grants.
• Perform other duties as assigned.

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 $70,500-$181,800.

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
  • 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