Research Assistant / Research Associate

University of California, San Francisco
Parnassus Heights (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
A Research Assistant/Research Associate position is available to study genetic models of human disease at the UCSF School of Medicine in San Francisco. Our lab uses cell biological and genetic approaches to study diseases as diverse as ocular development, hemorrhagic stroke, muscular dystrophy and brain development. The overall goal of our research is to identify molecular mechanisms underlying a novel connective tissue disorder that may be targeted with therapeutic interventions. The successful candidate will assist laboratory research by providing technical assistance, preparing and arranging reagents, ordering and inventory of stocks and maintenance of an extensive research database for animal husbandry.

The successful candidate will be responsible for animal husbandry including careful maintenance of a colony–tracking database, be responsible for general lab organization including organizing and maintaining inventories of stocks and reagents, and contribute technical assistance to scientists working on genetic models of cerebral cortical development and muscular dystrophy.

Techniques may include, but are not limited to: basic molecular biology, biochemistry, cell culturing, immunofluorescence, immunohistochemistry, and microscopy. The Research Assistant/Research Associate will work under the direct supervision of a postdoctoral fellow. There may be opportunities for co-authorship of manuscripts if the individual is motivated and exerts extra effort.
Req Number
Job Title
Research Assistant / Research Associate
Employee Class
Shift Length
8 Hours
Additional Shift Details
Monday - Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm
Bargaining Unit
University Professional Technical Employees – Research Support Professionals Unit (UPTE-RX)
Job Category
Research and Scientific
Required Qualifications
  • BA/BS/BSc degree in Molecular and Cell Biology or related biological science and knowledge of, or experience with, the basic techniques or methods required by the position; and/or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Must be efficient and organized with meticulous record keeping skills
  • Lab skills including PCR, qPCR, westerns and immunohistochemistry, histopathology and microscopy
  • Must have strong communication skills, computer skills, be highly motivated and work well as a team or independently
  • Ability to work independently and effectively after receiving instruction, while managing and prioritizing multiple projects
  • Cell and molecular biology experience as obtained in school
  • 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, and/or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
Note: Classification and salary will depend on the qualifications of the applicant
Preferred Qualifications
  • Animal husbandry and rodent behavior experience as obtained in school

Position Type
Full Time
Department Name
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 Department of Ophthalmology is one of the leading ophthalmology departments in clinical care, training, and research nationwide. The Department of Ophthalmology is a one of the largest recipients of federal grant funds among peer departments. We are ranked 1st in National Eye Institute Funding and 2nd in overall National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding in the country. Additionally, we have been the #1 recipient of the Research to Prevent Blindness funding nationwide with nearly $1.2 million granted in a single year. Overall, the Department has a wide-ranging portfolio of 60 active research grants.

UCSF’s renowned eye care services has a new state-of-the-art home. In November 2020, the Wayne and Gladys Valley Center for Vision opened its doors. Located at UCSF's Mission Bay Campus, the center houses the Vision Clinics, where many of UCSF's eye care programs relocated, as well as research and teaching facilities. Ophthalmology conducts its patient care, teaching, research, and public service activities currently at multiple UCSF campuses: Parnassus, Mt. Zion, Veteran’s Administration Medical Center (VAMC), San Francisco General (SFG), East Bay and Benioff Children’s Hospital at Mission Bay and in Oakland. The Department sponsors numerous invited speakers, research seminars, journal clubs, as well as a postdoctoral training program focused on mentorship, networking, and recognition. The UCSF Department of Ophthalmology consists of approximately 300 FTE’s (including UCSF Health employees) including faculty, basic scientists, postdoctoral scholars, graduate students, residents, fellows, clinical, research and administrative staff.
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.
Parnassus Heights (SF)

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