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Junior Specialist - Lu Lab

Application Window

Open date: April 4, 2024

Most recent review date: Monday, May 20, 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, Oct 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

Dr. Rongze Olivia Lu Lab in the Department of Neurosurgery and Brain Tumor Center at University of California, San Francisco are seeking applications for a Junior Specialist. Our lab is focused on identifying the molecular mechanisms driving immunosuppression and evasion in brain tumor microenvironment, such as the biology of tumor associated macrophage and microglia. The candidate will apply cutting-edge approaches in caner immunology research to develop immunotherapy for brain tumor. The selected candidate will contribute to a team in the performance of laboratory and investigative procedures by conducting a variety of experimental techniques such as immunology-based assays, molecular cloning, cell culture (cell lines and primary cells), qPCR, WB, flow cytometry and animal work. The successful candidate should be able to learn new cell biological assays quickly and execute them. Data will need to be collected, verified, recorded, and compiled in support of research.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Performing various investigative procedures and operating a variety of instruments and other scientific equipment after training. Examples of equipment routinely used are flow cytometry machine, FACS sorter, qPCR machine.

  2. Immune and cancer cell-based co-culture assays.

  3. CRISPR gene modification technology for immune and cancer cell lines. Lentivirus and retrovirus plasmids design and virus transduction.

  4. Animal work in vivo studies such as intracranial injection, mice breeding colony maintenance, isolate brain tumor tissue for further analysis.

  5. Collect, record, organize and verify the accuracy of data; perform calculations and prepare charts, graphs and reports. May use software applications to assemble, manipulate and/or format data and test reports.

Required Qualifications:

  • Baccalaureate degree (or equivalent degree) in Immunology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, or related field by the time of hire.
  • Ability to learn new technology quickly.
  • Ability to communicate verbally well.
  • Ability to draft routine reports and keep accurate records of work performed.
  • Actively seeks opportunities to increase skills and expertise.
  • Able to learn complex tasks with general instruction.
  • Applicants’ materials must list current and/or pending qualifications upon submission.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of Immunology and bioinformatics is preferable.

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

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 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