Staff Research Associate I/II

Job Details
Institution: University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
Keyword Names: Academic/Research, Research Associate
Line 1: UCSF
City: San Francisco
Country: United States

Job Description

Staff Research Associate I/II

Cellular Molecular Pharmacology, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), USA


The Laboratory for Genomic Research (LGR) is a new functional genomics center on the UCSF Mission Bay campus. The LGR represents a novel hybrid model that brings together researchers from UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco, and GlaxoSmithKline under a single roof working on projects both together and independently. The outputs of those research projects will be focused on deciphering biological functions of genes, identifying new drug targets and developing new technologies that will advance discovery in both academia and industry. The new laboratory will also be a resource for investigators at both UC campuses who will be able to access and use the LGR to answer their own biological and biomedical questions. At this time, we are beginning the staffing needed to fill several roles.

The Staff Research Associate I/II (SRA I/II) will be working in LGR which is a cell and molecular biology laboratory. In this position, he/she will be an integral member of a research team that is using CRISPR screens in mammalian cell lines to study a variety of biological questions and to identify potential drug targets. The responsibilities can include culturing and maintaining human cell culture lines, performing flow cytometry, performing basic molecular biology techniques, imaging data, performing basic statistical calculations.
Alternatively, the responsibilities include extensive molecular biology work to develop new methods of sequencing sample preparation. Some time will be spent performing literature reviews and attending lab meetings / journal club meetings. Multiple openings are available.


The Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology (CMP) within the UCSF School of Medicine (SOM) pursues two related academic goals: [1] to discover new knowledge through innovative research on chemical and biological phenomena; [2] to transmit knowledge to students (graduate students, postdoctoral colleagues, and students and fellows in medicine, pharmacy and dentistry) at the conceptual and empirical levels.


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 excellence in patient care. It is the only campus in the 10-campus UC system dedicated exclusively to the health sciences.

Required Qualifications


  • BA/BS degree in natural sciences (preferably biology or chemistry) or a related science and knowledge of, or experience with, the basic techniques or methods required by the position; or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Practical knowledge of basic molecular biology techniques and cloning
  • Sterile technique and mammalian cell culture skills
  • Ability to effectively use / maintain laboratory instruments such as flow cytometry instrument and / or cell sorter
  • Ability to use internet as a resource for experimental tasks and literature searches
  • Working knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Math skills required for everyday calculations
  • Capability to learn / use basic statistical tools
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills


  • In addition to the above, one or more years of recent, directly related work experience following degree completion, utilizing the techniques or methods required by the position; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Note: Classification and salary will depend on the qualifications of the applicant.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Practical knowledge of CRISPR / Cas9 system
  • Flow cytometry skills
  • Drug dose titration skills