The Department of Neurological Surgery is seeking a Junior Specialist, or Assistant Specialist who will support the design and conduct of research focused on the development of novel experimental therapies for human malignancies. This individual will have a working knowledge of molecular biology, cellular biology, biochemistry, and in vivo models of human cancers. He or she will work under supervision to design and perform complex experimental studies requiring advanced molecular, cellular, and virological techniques, to troubleshoot technical problems, and to record, organize, and analyze data. He or she will be able to initiate and contribute to collaborations with scientists within UCSF and elsewhere. This individual must be able to work as part of a team under supervision from the Professor, Lab Manager, and Senior Scientists, and will be responsible for assisting Lab Manager in maintaining daily operations and performing procedures related to new and on-going research projects. This individual will work cooperatively in a team setting with other research staff in performing experiments, providing technical assistance, solving problems in scientific and technical execution, interpreting experimental data, and maintaining accurate records.
Responsible for assisting Lab Manager and Professor in maintaining daily operations and performing procedures related to new and on-going research projects. Specific duties include, but are not limited to, the following: a. Assisting with ordering, purchasing, and maintenance of all required reagents and supplies for lab activities, and monitor and maintain inventory of supplies and stocks. b. Assisting with maintenance of institutional biosafety and animal care protocols, laboratory safety records, and standard operating procedures. c. Assisting with on-going routine maintenance and repair of lab equipment and facilities, as necessary; d. Perform and assist other research staff with standard lab techniques including mammalian cell culture, retroviral or lentiviral vector production, transduction of human and murine cells, routine molecular biology procedures (e.g., plasmid preps, DNA/RNA extraction, Q-PCR, western blotting, etc), flow cytometry, and in vivo studies.
Work cooperatively in a team setting with other research staff in performing experiments, providing technical assistance, solving problems in scientific and technical execution, interpreting experimental data, and maintaining accurate records. May need to develop, adapt and implement new lab procedures.
Record, organize, and write up experimental results for submission of manuscripts and for scientific presentations using Power Point, and other graphics software as needed.
Keep abreast of latest literature in the field and search for references to technical problems and keep up-to-date of the methods and techniques relevant to the specific field of research.
Perform other duties as assigned. “Job descriptions are not intended, and should not be construed to be exhaustive lists of all responsibilities, skills, efforts or working conditions associated with a job. Management reserves the right to revise duties as needed.”
Required Qualifications: • Specialist appointed at the Junior rank must possess (or in process of obtaining) a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Biological Sciences, Life Science or other related field. • Specialist appointed at the Assistant rank must possess (or in process of obtaining) a Master’s degree in Biology, Biological Sciences, Life Science or other related field. • Applicant’s materials must list qualifications (or pending qualifications) upon submission. • Applicants must have obtained the degree requirement for the Specialist rank by the time of hire. • Have at least one year of laboratory experience performing non-routine and complex laboratory duties requiring advanced technical skills and proficiency. • Must be able to work independently and as part of a team taking direction from the Professor, Lab Manager, and Senior Scientists. • Strong Computer Skills. • Effective Written and Communication Skills.
Preferred Qualifications: • Preferred individuals will have substantial experience with some or all of the following techniques: plasmid preparation, cell culture, flow cytometry, viral vector production, and in vivo models of cancer.
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.
The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and high-quality patient care. It is the only UC campus in the 10-campus system dedicated exclusively to the health sciences.