Description: Job Description: The Ricardo-Gonzalez Lab is a newly established immunology laboratory interested in understanding how immune cells influence tissue physiology and function. The research specialist will perform basic and translational research to investigate the role of innate immune cells in tissue homeostasis and models of infection, inflammation, and cancer. We seek a specialist who will assist the team by performing laboratory and investigative procedures using a wide array of experimental techniques such as PCR, cell culture (cell lines and primary cells), plasmid prep and purification, molecular cloning, flow cytometry, immunofluorescence imaging, and ELISA-like assays. Translational research components will involve experiments with human blood and tissue samples. Specialist responsibilities regarding transgenic mouse model systems may include breeding, screening, and immunizing mice as well as dissecting tissues to obtain cells for culture and analysis of gene expression.
Required Qualifications: • Excellent organizational skills • Excellent interpersonal communication, ability to consent and recruit patients for the studies • Willingness and ability to learn new methods and skills as needed for changing research priorities. • Ability to work independently and as a member of a research team. • Must be organized and have the ability to prioritize tasks, coordinate work tasks with others, and manage to meet multiple deadlines. • Ability to maintain a comprehensive laboratory notebook of experiments done on a daily basis • Demonstration of accuracy and attention to detail in sample preparation during prior research experience is required. • Ability to use or learn to enter information into RedCaps data base • Specialist appointed at the Junior rank must possess (or be in process of obtaining) a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent degree) in biology, biochemistry, or a related scientific discipline or four years of research experience. • Specialists appointed at the Assistant rank must possess (or be in process of obtaining) a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) in biology, biochemistry, or a related scientific discipline or five of experience in the relevant specialization. • Candidates must meet the requirements by the time of appointment.
Preferred Qualifications: • Experience with mouse models of human disease • Experience with cell culture and sterile technique • Experience with infectious disease models in mice • Computational biology coursework and/or research experience • Flow Cytometry (FACS): Ability to perform multicolor flow cytometry. Demonstration of accuracy and attention to detail in sample preparation during prior research experience is required. • Transgenic Mouse Work: Experience with experimental animal research. Comfort with handling, manipulating, euthanizing, and dissecting experimental animals. • Fluorescence Microscopy: Experience with sample preparation, immunofluorescence staining, and use of epifluorescence and confocal microscopes for image acquisition. • Communication, logistical, and time management skills to coordinate work with other lab members.
Physical Requirements: • Good visual acuity and accurate color discrimination. • The position requires excellent manual dexterity and familiarity utilizing delicate instrumentation. • Occasionally lifts and/or carries objects weighing up to 20 pounds. • Work involves possible exposure to malodorous vapors, low dose radiation, contamination by toxic chemicals and acids and presence of carcinogenic substances. • Long periods of standing and/or sitting.
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.
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 high-quality patient care. It is the only UC campus in the 10-campus system dedicated exclusively to the health sciences.