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Junior or Assistant Specialist (Protein Biochemistry) - Kortemme Lab

University of California - San Francisco
United States, California, San Francisco
Jun 21, 2024

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Open date: January 10, 2023




Most recent review date: Wednesday, Apr 24, 2024 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: Wednesday, Jul 10, 2024 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.



Position description

Junior or Assistant Specialist (Protein Biochemistry) - Kortemme Lab

Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry

University of California, San Francisco

The Junior / Assistant Specialist will join an interdisciplinary research group working on designing proteins with new structures and functions with applications in biotechnology and medicine. This position is also an exciting opportunity to contribute to research efforts developing small molecule drugs targeting diverse viruses including SARS-CoV2, as part of an international collaboration (for more information see https://qbi.ucsf.edu/qcrgAViDD). The Specialist will collaborate with graduate students and postdocs to target viral proteins and to test proteins designed computationally using new approaches, including deep-learning. The Specialist will be in charge of protein expression, purification, and biochemical activity assays. The Specialist will analyze experimental data and present the analysis to the research group. The Specialist will be required to accurately document all experiments and will need to have excellent written and verbal communication skills. Candidates interested in obtaining research experience prior to applying to graduate school as well as those who prefer to be long-term staff specialists will be considered.

Required Qualifications:



  • One year or more of research experience in protein biochemistry or high-throughput technology in academia or industry.

  • Ability to work as a member of a dynamic, interdisciplinary team.

  • Motivation for scientific research and strong work ethics.

  • Excellent ability to document experiments and to communicate (written and verbal).

  • Specialists appointed at the junior rank must possess (or in process of obtaining) a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent degree) in biochemistry, bioengineering, or a related field.

  • Specialists appointed at the Assistant rank must possess (or in process of obtaining) a master's degree (or equivalent degree) in biochemistry, bioengineering, or a related field or a BS/BA degree with five years of full-time research experience in the relevant specialization.

  • Candidates must meet the required qualifications at the time of appointment.

  • Applicant's materials must list (pending) qualifications upon submission.



Preferred Qualifications:



  • Ability to independently troubleshoot experiments
  • Experience with protein purification
  • Experience and interest in protein design


Please apply online at https://aprecruit.ucsf.edu/JPF04340, with a CV, cover letter, and two references (contact information only).

See Table 24B (https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/2022-23/july-2022-salary-scales/t24-b.pdf) for the salary range for this position. A reasonable estimate for this position is $49,000-$63,000.


Application Requirements
Document requirements
  • Cover Letter


  • Curriculum Vitae - CV must clearly list current and/or pending qualifications (e.g. board eligibility/certification, medical licensure, etc.).


  • Statement of Research (Optional)


  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)


  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Please see the following page for more details: https://diversity.ucsf.edu/contributions-to-diversity-statement

    (Optional)


  • Misc / Additional (Optional)


Reference requirements
  • 2 required (contact information only)

About UC San Francisco

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

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.


Job location
San Francisco, CA

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