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Research Specialist- Davis Lab

Recruitment Period

Open date: February 26th, 2018
Last review date: June 8th, 2018
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: August 26th, 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.


The Davis Laboratory at the University of California San Francisco has an open position for a research specialist.

The Davis laboratory is a multi-disciplinary neuroscience research laboratory at the new Mission Bay Campus at UCSF. For more information see our lab website: Ideally, this individual will be highly experienced in patch clamp electrophysiology and the analysis of neuronal excitability and synaptic transmission. Experience with vertebrate neuronal cell culture is essential. Basic familiarity with molecular biology and gene manipulation in mammalian cells is also essential. Basic familiarity with pharmacology is important. A basic understanding of computer programming is considered a plus. A basic understanding of quantitative light microscopy is also considered a plus.

The individual will be responsible for conducting research in the Davis laboratory on the fundamental principles governing neuronal excitability and synaptic transmission in the mammalian central nervous system. The individual will be responsible for the experimental design and execution of all technical aspects of each task.

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.

Required qualifications-

  • Specialists appointed at the Full rank must possess a PhD or equivalent in science with a minimum of 5 years post graduate research experience (with electrophysiological recording and analysis of neuronal and synaptic function in the mammalian nervous system) and demonstrable expertise in the techniques considered essential for this position.
  • Specialists appointed at the Assistant or Associate rank must possess a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) or at least 5 years of experience in the relevant specialization.
  • Must have multiple years experience with patch clamp electrophysiology.
  • Must have a basic understanding and working knowledge of molecular biology.

Preferred qualifications-

  • Demonstrable evidence of experience in cell culture and imaging.
  • Experience in multiple biological systems is considered a bonus.
  • Experience with basic computer programming is considered a bonus.
  • Experience with computer models of basic neuronal biophysics is considered a bonus.
  • Additional skills related to quantitative live imaging will be considered a bonus.
  • Authored publications in their field to demonstrate mastery of these techniques is preferred.

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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Job location

San Francisco, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity (Optional)

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

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