Staff Research Associate, Lab for Cell Analysis (LCA)

University of California, San Francisco
Mission Bay (SF)

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Job Code and Payroll Title
009617 SRA 2 NEX
Job Summary
The UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center (HDFCCC), or Cancer Center, combines basic science, clinical research, epidemiology/cancer control and patient care from throughout the University of California, San Francisco system.

Staff Research Associate II position is to fill the operational & organizational needs of the Lab for Cell Analysis (LCA). The LCA is a Flow cytometry & microscopy Core Facility at UCSF based out for the Helen Diller Cancer Center. We provide cytometric & microscopy services for the UCSF community, and also surrounding UC affiliates, National Labs & external for profit biotech companies. The LCA provides expertise in operating various cell sorters, analyzers & microscopes, in addition to training & education on our systems, advice for staining protocols, applications & data analysis. Under supervision and guidance, Staff Research Associate II will be responsible for managing our instruments, keeping them in good working order & training users in their operation, along with billing, calendar management, supply ordering, record keeping & service coordination. We handle many of the administrative aspects of running the core and also user outreach. UCSF core facilities are highly specialized non-profit entities which provide access to complex equipment and/or services to our local research community.

Under supervision and guidance, the Staff Research Associate II position will perform general maintenance, timely instrument start-up/shutdown, QC/QA following documented SOPs, assist in generating new SOPs if necessary, scheduling & calendar management, operation of cytometers & sorters on behalf of users, trouble shooting, keeping track of & ordering of basic supplies, helping to coordinate service visits by technicians. Training new users in the proper use, techniques & rules for using LCA instrumentation will be a large component of the job. Excellent customer service is extremely important & an ability to work with & communicate well with people is essential. Attendance & time keeping at work is key to providing a reliable experience for our users. Microscopy experience is beneficial, but not critical. 
Req Number
Job Title
Staff Research Associate, Lab for Cell Analysis (LCA)
Employee Class
Shift Length
8 Hours
Additional Shift Details
Mon-Fri; 8 hours/day
Bargaining Unit
University Professional Technical Employees – Research Support Professionals Unit (UPTE-RX)
Job Category
Research and Scientific
Required Qualifications
    BA/BS in a related science and one or more years of recent, directly related work experience following degree completion, utilizing the techniques or methods required by the position; and/or an equivalent combination of education and experience;He/she will be self-motivated, dedicated and adaptable to change. He/she must have excellent communication skills and have the ability to work at high standard with a care to detail. Excellent time management & organizational skills. Ability to multitask & prioritize.Excellent customer service & interpersonal skillsExcellent written & verbal communication skills Ability to work independentlyThe candidate must have good computer skills and familiarity with MS Office applications.

Preferred Qualifications
    Experience with training & teaching othersExperience in Flow cytometry analysis and/or sortingKnowledge of safety procedures in a laboratory environment

Position Type
Full Time
Department Name
HDF Comprehensive Cancer Ctr
Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of California San Francisco 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, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.
Department Description
The UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center (HDFCCC) is one of only two cancer centers in the Bay Area to receive the prestigious designation of “comprehensive” from the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

The HDFCCC integrates the work of researchers and clinicians dedicated to four fundamental pursuits: laboratory research into the causes of cancer progression; clinical research to translate new knowledge into viable treatments; compassionate, state-of-the-art patient care; and population research that can lead to improvements in prevention, early detection, and quality-of-life for those living with cancer. The twin pillars of precision medicine and precision population health guide research and treatment at HDFCCC.
About UCSF
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. We bring together the world’s leading experts in nearly every area of health. We are home to five Nobel laureates who have advanced the understanding of cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, aging and stem cells.
Pride Values
UCSF is a diverse community made of people with many skills and talents. We seek candidates whose work experience or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity and excellence – also known as our PRIDE values.

In addition to our PRIDE values, UCSF is committed to equity – both in how we deliver care as well as our workforce. We are committed to building a broadly diverse community, nurturing a culture that is welcoming and supportive, and engaging diverse ideas for the provision of culturally competent education, discovery, and patient care. Additional information about UCSF is available at

Join us to find a rewarding career contributing to improving healthcare worldwide.
Mission Bay (SF)

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