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Genome Research Specialist

Recruitment Period

Open date: November 16th, 2017
Last review date: December 16th, 2017
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: May 17th, 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.


Assistant or Associate Specialist

The UCSF Cancer Center Laboratory for Cell Analysis (LCA) is searching for a Specialist (Assistant or Associate) to work in its Genome Services sector.

The successful candidate will be expected to help manage collaborative and individual projects in cancer genetics in a data production laboratory working with researchers and users from a variety of backgrounds in clinical and research sciences. He/she will participate in the daily production needs of the lab with the expectation of meeting pre-determined turnaround times, help lead projects throughout all stages of planning, feasibility testing, protocol development, and validation. Additionally, the individual will help develop customized training and educational opportunities for different experience levels and degrees. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to troubleshoot and develop procedures that will improve the efficiency and quality of the data provided by the lab.

The UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center (HDFCCC), or Cancer Center, combines basic science, clinical research, epidemiology/cancer control and patient care throughout the University of California, San Francisco system. The HDFCCC Laboratory for Cell Analysis (LCA) Genome services is a PCR-based laboratory providing boutique genetic and genomic services, training, instrumentation, and support to a large number of biomedical researchers on a request basis in a professional, time-sensitive environment.

Scientific responsibilities:

  • Provide consultation to users on the appropriate instruments, tools, and preparation techniques to use as well as in the experimental design.
  • Work closely with researchers to devise and implement highly complex experiments on the instruments that are beyond basic operation.
  • Provide analytical approaches for data analysis, including nucleic acid quality analysis, gene expression analysis, genotyping, and somatic mutation/rare variant analysis.

Training responsibilities:

  • Train researchers in the proper and safe use of the Core instruments, including the qPCR and Bioanalyzer.
  • Assist users with data analysis and presentation of results, and ensure users understand the concepts behind the instrumentation they are using.

Oversight of instrumentation:

  • Provide excellent customer service. Showing up to work, and being able to keep appointments scheduled with clients as well as perform required daily tasks on the schedule to insure instrumentation is working properly for the users. Cater to the customer’s needs as well as going above and beyond to help.
  • Apply in depth scientific and engineering concepts in overseeing QC/QA for all instruments, cleaning and alignment, regular diagnostics and calibration of complex scientific instrumentation. Use professional concepts and technical knowledge to provide resolutions to complex problems. Act as a primary contact with the vendors providing preventative maintenance and repairs.
  • Be available on-call to help users with problems on instrumentation.


  • Operational logistics of the facilities ensuring the appropriate supplies are available and overseeing scheduling the instruments. Maintain accurate records of the work performed.

Research and Development:

  • Provide support on various projects assigned by the Director to help make the Core run more efficiently with the goal to provide benefits to all users.


  • Specialists appointed at the Assistant/Associate rank must possess at a minimum a M.S. in cancer genomics, bioengineering, or other biological discipline or have at least 5 years of experience in cancer genomics or related field.
  • Appointees at the Associate level must have significant record of academic accomplishment including published or in-press publication, and a demonstrated record of University and/or public service. Additionally, appointees at the Associate level will provide considerable independence in planning and execution of research
  • Appointees at the Associate level must have 2-4 years post-graduate training in genetics
  • Experience performing PCR and other nucleic acid manipulations
  • Meticulous laboratory bench skills and demonstrated understanding of requirements for working with nucleic acids
  • Familiarity with genomic databases and genetic assay design
  • Demonstrated data manipulation and computer processing software skills relevant to genetic data
  • Demonstrated experience writing clear plans, reports, and laboratory protocols

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Flow sorting and flow analysis skills
  • Demonstrated customer service interests and experience
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills. Ability to work with a diverse group of people.
  • Knowledge of safety procedures in a laboratory environment
  • Excellent organizational, record keeping, and time management skills. Must be flexible and able to prioritize tasks. Careful attention to detail.
  • Proficiency with MS operations, including advanced skills in Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently to a high standard of accuracy and ability to follow and operate in compliance with standard operating procedures.
  • Previous experience mentoring and training users and lab personnel
  • Management experience

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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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San Francisco, CA



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