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Associate Specialist- Volgmaier Lab

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The University of California, San Francisco

The Department of Psychiatry/LPPI is now recruiting for an Associate Specialist. Using techniques of cell biology live cell imaging, and mouse genetics, candidate will engage in research to understand how the regulation of neurotransmitter release affects brain processes such as information processing, behavior, learning, and memory. These processes depend on the transport of neurotransmitters into storage vesicles and their regulated release from these synaptic vesicles. Candidate will be studying the vesicular transport of the major excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmitters in the brain. This research may lead to a better understanding and treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and epilepsy. Primary neuronal culture—requires microdissection of embryonic rodent brain structures. Assay of neurotransmitter flux, requiring rapid handling of 1-200 microliter quantities of radioactive and sensitive biological materials. Live cell microscopic imaging using specialized equipment. This is a laboratory research position only, with no involvement in patient care services.

Required Qualifications:
This is a specialty occupation requiring a PhD in biochemistry or a related field, and the theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge in the area of biochemistry, molecular and cell biology, and microscopy.

Preferred: Post-graduate training in field.

Please apply online and submit a CV, cover letter, statement of research and contact information for 3 references to

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.

Job location

San Francisco, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity (Optional)

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)