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UCSF Research Specialist Position - McManus Lab

Recruitment Period

Open date: May 22nd, 2017
Last review date: October 14th, 2017
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: November 20th, 2018
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.


UCSF Research Specialist Position - McManus Lab

The UCSF ViraCore and the McManus Lab at University of California San Francisco is seeking a Junior/Assistant/Associate Lab Specialist, depending on qualifications. A major focus of the position will be to assist in the development and the derivation of large-scale genomic resources within the UCSF ViraCore. The candidate will engage in wetbench research in a team setting and independently oversee a University Core facility. Candidate must be willing to work as an integral member of a research team and have strong communication skills. This is a full-time position at UCSF and ideal position for applicants having a sincere fascination with basic science and the interface between industry and academia.
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• Perform molecular biology techniques including DNA extraction, PCR, plasmid preparation and basic cloning.
• Tissue culture and flow cytometry.
• Perform basic molecular and cellular biology experiments.
• Maintenance of accurate notebooks and computer records.
• Oversee lentivirus production.
• Managerial duties related to customer service and possibly personnel oversight.
• Perform other duties as assigned.

• At the junior level, candidates must have a BA/BS in biological sciences or a related science by the time of hire, or at least 4 years of related work experience
• At the Assistant/Associate level, a master’s degree in biological sciences or related science is required by the time of hire or at least 5 years of related work experience.
• Knowledge of and experience with basic cell and molecular biology protocols: tissue culture, PCR, DNA sequence analysis and cloning; comfort working with instrumentation and computers; maintenance of accurate notebooks and computer files; team player with good communication and interpersonal skills; willingness to learn, seek out advice and admit errors; highly motivated to succeed.
• Strong organization skills and the ability to multitask and work under minimal supervision is key for this position.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Lentiviral and/or retroviral generation and transduction experience.
• Experience carrying out flow cytometry assays.
• Analytical skills and comfort with basic statistics a plus.
• Knowledge of and experience with basic molecular biology protocols.

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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


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity (Optional)

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