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Cell Biology and Assay Development Specialist

Recruitment Period

Open date: July 31st, 2018
Last review date: August 15th, 2018
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: January 31st, 2020
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.


Cell Biology and Assay Development Specialist
University of California, San Francisco
Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases

The Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases (IND) at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is seeking an experienced research scientist in the Specialist Series. The director of the IND is Nobel Laureate Dr. Stanley Prusiner. This position will be part of a collaborative environment with access to state-of-the-art facilities in the new Sandler Neurosciences Building on the UCSF Mission Bay campus.

Responsibilities for this position are to design and create cellular models of Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, and translate these tools into screening assays for the existing drug discovery platform at the IND. The successful candidate will have a strong track record in assay development and pharmaceutical research.

The candidate must have experience working with a multi-disciplinary team of scientists, and preferably a team focused on developing therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases. The candidate must have strong practical experience in assay development and optimization, with an emphasis on high-content imaging. He or she must have excellent communication and organization skills and work well in a team environment.

Required qualifications:

  • Specialists appointed at the junior rank must possess a baccalaureate degree in Biology or Biotechnology (or equivalent degree) or at least four years of research experience (e.g., with instrumentation and research equipment, social science research methods, or creative activities).
  • Specialists appointed at the Assistant rank must possess a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) or five years of experience in the relevant specialization.
  • Specialists appointed at the Associate rank must possess a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) or five to ten years of experience in the relevant specialization.
  • Specialists appointed at the full rank must possess a terminal degree (or equivalent degree) or ten or more years of experience in the relevant specialization.
  • Must have at least 5 years of experience in a drug discovery environment developing and conducting screening assays with practical examples of how these assays advanced drug discovery programs.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills

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.

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 - Cover letter should include 1-2 paragraphs describing applicant's research experience and long-term 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)

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