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Pollen Lab - Assistant Specialist

University of California - San Francisco
United States, California, San Francisco
Jun 29, 2024

Application Window

Open date: March 2, 2023

Most recent review date: Friday, Mar 17, 2023 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: Monday, Sep 2, 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

Pollen Lab Assistant Specialist

Center for Regeneration Medicine & Stem Cell Research, UC San Francisco


The Pollen Lab at UCSF (https://www.pollenlab.org) is looking for a new research specialist. Our lab combines advances in single cell genomics, genome engineering, and great ape cerebral organoids to identify genomic differences underlying unique features or vulnerabilities of the human brain. Ultimately, we aim to identify novel therapeutic targets by combining an evolutionary approach to selective vulnerability of neurons with new cellular models.

This is a full-time position, but there is start-date flexibility for the right candidate. The candidate should be experienced with molecular biology techniques such as handling DNA and RNA samples, cloning, PCR, viral transduction and nucleus isolation. In addition, the candidate should have experience with culturing cerebral organoids, and executing and analyzing single cell transcriptomic studies. This would be an ideal position for a graduate seeking to gain advanced laboratory research experience using state-of-the-art techniques in neuroscience, and it is our intention for the selected candidates to contribute meaningfully to projects and co-author peer-reviewed publications.

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. 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.


* Must have (or in process of obtaining) a Master's degree (or equivalent degree) in neurobiology or related discipline, or at least five years of research experience.

* At least 1 year of total experience working in a neuroscience research laboratory/ neuroscience laboratories.

* Candidates must meet the required qualifications by the time of appointment. Candidate's CV or cover letter must state basic qualifications upon submission.


* Stem Cell Culturing Experience

* Single Cell Genomics Experience (including CITE-seq)

* Bioinformatics Experience (Python and/or R)

* Nucleus Isolation Experience

* Fluorescence Activated Cell Sorting (FACS) experience

* Experience handling adult human brain tissue

* Experience developing transcriptomic data analysis pipelines

* Cloning Experience

* Adeno-associated Virus (AAV) production experience

If you are interested, please apply online at https://aprecruit.ucsf.edu/JPF04412 with a CV, cover letter, and two reference contacts.

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 $56,600-$63,000.

For other inquiries, please contact Clif Duhn (clif.duhn@ucsf.edu).

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

  • Cover Letter

  • 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


  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 2-4 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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