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Junior/Assistant Specialist (Shiow Lab)

Recruitment Period

Open date: August 15th, 2017
Last review date: August 30th, 2017
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: February 15th, 2019
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.


Junior/Assistant Specialist (Shiow Lab)

The Shiow Lab, located in the Stem Cell building (Institute for Regeneration Medicine) at the UCSF Parnassus campus, is seeking a highly motivated candidate interested in conducting basic science research with translational relevance to newborn brain injury. This full-time position will involve working closely with the PI and other members of the laboratory to understand how developing brain progenitors are impacted by and trigger inflammation.

The chief responsibilities include performing cell culture, histologic, and/or flow cytometric experiments under the supervision of the PI. There is potential to develop and execute an independent project. The position will also involve assistance in lab organization and maintenance such as transgenic animal breeding, ordering supplies, prepping and logging reagents, scheduling meetings or social events, orienting new members, and updating lab protocols.

This position is for two to three years and suitable for an individual with a molecular biology and/or pre-medical background who is looking to gain research experience on the way to further career development, such as going on to graduate, medical, or MD/PhD training.

Appointees in the Specialist series will be expected to engage in specialized research, professional activities and do not have teaching responsibilities. Specialists are expected to use their professional expertise to make scientific and scholarly contributions, and may participate in University and Public Service. Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue as needed throughout the recruitment period. Salary and rank will be commensurate with the applicants experience and training.

Specialists appointed at the junior rank must possess a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent degree). Specialists appointed at the Assistant rank must possess a master’s degree (or equivalent degree). Individuals with doctoral degrees may also apply and may be considered for higher step.

Strong analytical, organizational, and communication skills are important. Candidates should be detail-oriented and capable of developing independent working habits. Ideal skills include experience with sterile tissue culture, histology, confocal microscopy, mouse handling and dissection, molecular biology (PCR, western, cloning), ELISAs, flow cytometry, and familiarity with ImageJ, Adobe Illustrator, FlowJo, and MS Word/Excel/Powerpoint software.

UC San Francisco seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research, or community service that 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.

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