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Associate Director ARI-UCSF Laboratory of Clinical Virology

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Associate Director ARI-UCSF Laboratory of Clinical Virology
Professional Research or Specialist Series, Job Description

The Department of Medicine, Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases and Global Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco is seeking an individual with a strong understanding of current HIV research initiatives and HIV diagnostics to serve as the Associate Director of the ARI-UCSF Laboratory of Clinical Virology (LCV). The ultimate goal of the position is to oversee the clinical and translational research, and recharge operations of the laboratory with an emphasis on supporting and enhancing the HIV-focused research programs of the laboratory’s users and stakeholders. To this end, the incumbent will play a key role in high profile research initiatives at local, national and international settings. Specific responsibilities include:

  1. oversight and management of the LCV recharge facility
  2. leadership, and consultation on the use and interpretation of diagnostic testing to qualitatively and quantitatively assess HIV and associated biomarkers in human tissues and in vitro experimental systems.
  3. development, and validation of new and useful diagnostics to enhance users’ project needs.
  4. leading initiatives to generate funding through grants for equipment, salary support, improvement and enhancement of laboratory operations, and, if appropriate, the incumbent’s own research program.
  5. providing strategic direction for the CFAR Virology Core guided by CFAR Center aims, preparing annual reports, summaries and input to the CFAR co-Directors, and staff.
  6. providing technical expertise for the clinical laboratory’s sequence-based drug resistance testing program in consultation with the Medical Director and the Clinical Laboratory Supervisor.

ARI-UCSF Laboratory of Clinical Virology description:
Since 1997, the ARI-UCSF Laboratory of Clinical Virology (LCV) has served as a clinical and translational research laboratory with a mandate to bridge the bench-to-bedside interface of basic and clinical research in HIV/AIDS and associated diseases. The laboratory is located at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFGH) with its associated sentinel population of HIV-infected individuals, thriving research and clinical programs, and integrated core laboratories. Also serving as the Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) Virology Core Laboratory, it is administered by the AIDS Research Institute (ARI) at UCSF. The LCV’s Director is Dr. Teri Liegler (Adjunct Professor, UCSF Medicine HIV, ID and Global Medicine) and the Medical Director is Dr. Robert Grant (Professor UCSF Medicine, Senior Investigator Gladstone Institutes of Virology and Immunology).

The laboratory provides state-of-the-art molecular diagnostic testing, specimen services, consultation and training for multidisciplinary, translational research in order to advance collaborators’ research programs in the prevention, treatment and understanding of HIV/AIDS. The LCV is funded through recharge income, contracts and grants and clinical testing.

The laboratory is licensed as a clinical laboratory by the State of CA (CLIA 05D0969871) in Virology and Immunology and performs HIV-1 genotypic resistance testing for patient care and management. The laboratory is GCLP-compliant and participates in multiple external proficiency testing programs administered by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and the Adult AIDS Clinical Trial Group Virology Quality Assurance (AACTG VQA), NIH/DAIDS. In addition the laboratory participates in annual monitor visits for Good Clinical Laboratory Practice (GCLP) compliance. The laboratory employs 9 full and part-time employees.

Required qualifications:
PhD, MD or MD/PhD or equivalent in a related biomedical field (preferable virology) and at least 3 years postdoctoral training. An interest in collaborative research supporting established and early stage investigators in high profile and dynamic HIV/AIDS research areas is required. Advanced communication and presentation experience preferred. Experience with intra- and extramural research applications and awards, and scholarly publications preferred. Salary, rank, and series will be commensurate with related experience.

UCSF seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. UCSF 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.

Review of applications will commence immediately. Applicants should send a CV, cover letter, including summary of past research and future goals. In addition, applicants will be asked to provide the contact information of three references.

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Job location

San Francisco, CA


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

  • Cover Letter - including summary of past research and future goals

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity (Optional)

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)