High Parameter Specialist

Job Details
Institution: University of California San Francisco
Keyword Names: Academic/Research, Core/Shared Resource Laboratory
Line 1: University of California San Francisco
City: San Francisco
Country: United States

Job Description

High Parameter Specialist

University of California San Francisco, USA

Job Summary

The High Parameter Specialist’ role applies professional and specialized concepts to provide information, support and guidance on basic science research in the field of flow and mass cytometry. This position will directly interact with researchers including training, consulting, assay development, data interpretation, and troubleshooting as needed. Responsibilities include but not limited to implementing developed daily, weekly and monthly quality control and maintenance procedures, operation of two Mass Cytometers (Helios), and diagnose and maintain instrumentation, schedule management, ordering, maintaining stocks of necessary supplies. 

Department Description

The Flow CoLab offers state of the art instrumentation in the area of flow and mass cytometry to the entire UCSF research community, affiliated hospitals, research foundations, and local biotechnology companies.  The CoLab provides administration of over 20 sophisticated flow and mass cytometer platforms and the technical support needed to make use of these instruments through: education, practical resources offerings and providing expert advice to UCSF students, staff, and faculty in cytometry technology and applications; developing new cytometric methods and applications; managing all operational aspects of the facility. The flow and mass cytometers are complex pieces of equipment, in the Flow CoLab we provide access to these sophisticated and highly specialized technologies through partnership with the researchers.

CoLabs is a new model for research collaborations and core labs for the UCSF community. CoLabs brings together several established and successful but previously separate cores plus new institutional support into a new centralized research organization at the Parnassus campus. CoLabs seeks to revitalize the model for core resources by capitalizing on critical personnel and cutting-edge technologies and driving collaboration across disciplines. CoLabs will centralize research teams and create a set of common pipelines and workflows. It will recruit and retain world-class staff and develop transformative methods and technologies through engagement with the research community and institutional investments. The CoLabs initiative is launching now with participation of five founding CoLabs teams, Biological Imaging Development (BIDC), Data Science (DS), Disease to Biology (D2B), Flow Cytometry, and Genomics. The CoLabs will help organize and integrate the UCSF community through common pipelines and data curation around a set of collaborative “CoProjects” that will tackle fundamental questions in the biomedical research. CoProject day-to-day operations are managed and run through the CoLabs. Several CoProjects are already underway, with more coming in line soon.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in related area and 2+ years of recent, directly related work experience; and/or equivalent experience/training
  • Two or more years of related work experience
  • Experience with training and evaluating skill sets of junior lab members and/or research users
  • Working knowledge of research function
  • Working skills in analysis and consultation
  • Skills to communicate complex information in a clear and concise manner both verbally and in writing
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills. Ability to work with a diverse group of people and interact with all levels; work independently and within a team environment
  • Excellent logistical, organizational, record keeping and time management skills. Must be flexible and able to prioritize tasks. Careful attention to detail

Note: Physical/health screening required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree - MSc in biophysics, bioengineering, or related field and 5+ years of directly related lab work
  • PhD in biophysics, bioengineering, or related field and 2+ years of directly related lab work
  • Working skills in statistical analysis, systems programming, database design and data security measures
  • Hands-on knowledge of and skill in using flow cytometers and mass cytometers (CyTOF-Helios) common to biological research; including panel design and antibody conjugation techniques
  • Research experience in high parameter cytometry analysis (conventional flow, full spectrum or mass cytometry)
  • Experience or knowledge of Cytometry related R programing scripts in the context of biological sciences
  • Experience with grant writing