Junior Specialist- Chou Lab University of California, San Francisco School Of Medicine - Biochemistry & Biophysics United States

Junior Specialist- Chou Lab



Recruitment Period


Open date: March 26th, 2019
Last review date: Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: Saturday, Sep 26, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

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.



University of California, San Francisco
Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics


The Chou Lab at UCSF’s Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics is a new interdisciplinary research group focused on biological research at the interface of structural biology, microbiology, and pathogenesis. We are seeking a specialist at the junior level to join our group. We strive to build a collaborative team that is rooted in equity, scientific rigor, and open access. This position would be an ideal opportunity for highly motivated individuals with a long-term interest in research and potential goal of attending a research-intensive graduate program. The available research position will allow one to expand their experimental skillset in molecular biology and biochemistry while learning how to drive an independent research project. Excellent communication and organization skills a must.


Manage day-to-day lab operation: Perform general lab duties including but not restricted to: preparation of stock solutions, plates, and media; equipment maintenance; cleaning of glassware.


Assist in molecular biology and microbiology research. We seek a candidate with basic experience in molecular techniques (DNA/RNA extractions, PCR, cloning, DNA/protein quantification, DNA and SDS PAGE electrophoresis, Western blot analysis). Preference will be given to candidates with previous experience in recombinant protein expression and purification techniques, including FPLC instrumentation experience. In addition to being able to independently drive a research project, we are seeking an individual with superior organization skills to streamline lab operations by assisting with other major research projects in the lab.


We are seeking at least a 1.5-year commitment. Depending on performance and workload, opportunities for independent research, mentorship of other trainees, and scientific writing will be available. This position is ideal for someone seeking research experience towards the pursuit of graduate school or medical school.


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 will be commensurate with the applicants experience and training.


• A B.S. or B.A. (or in process) with at least one year (part-time) research experience biochemistry lab
• Experience with recombinant protein expression and automated protein purification
• Must have strong people skills with the ability to work with diverse trainees.
• Highly organized and detail oriented.


Preferred Skills
• Ability and desire to learn new experimental approaches


UC San Francisco seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research, or community service 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.


Please apply online at https://aprecruit.ucsf.edu/JPF02433


Job location

San Francisco, CA



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