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Staff Research Associate II
University of California, San Francisco in San Francisco, California
Date Posted 12/09/2021
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Neurological Surgery

Full Time


Job Summary

The Brain Tumor Center at UCSF focuses on developing new treatments for patients by studying the mechanisms through which brain tumors develop and grow. Research in the Raleigh laboratory makes use of molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, mouse genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, pharmacology, and multidisciplinary collaborations to gain new insights into the molecular determinants of human malignancies. Our team is comprised of biologists, computational scientists, and physician-scientists working together to advance understanding of cancer biology and improve patient outcomes. Scientific insights stemming from our work have directly inspired clinical trials and changed treatment options for patients at UCSF and beyond.

The Staff Research Associate II’ (SRA II’) responsibilities will include cell culture, CRISPR gene editing, molecular biology, biochemistry, genomic sequencing, immunofluorescence, microscopy, single cell RNA sequencing, flow cytometry, and mouse genetic models. 

Current laboratory members include graduate, medical, and medical scientist training program students at UCSF as well as research residents and postdoctoral fellows. 

This position will focus specifically on defining genetic drivers of treatment resistance in glioblastoma using CRISPR systems under the joint supervision of Dr. David Raleigh and Dr. John Liu. The project involves close collaboration with the neighboring labs of Luke Gilbert and also the UCSF Preclinical Therapeutics Core. In addition, the successful applicant will receive direct mentorship to ensure specific laboratory responsibilities are directed toward big picture career objectives. 

Department Description

The Department of Neurosurgery is a highly active clinical and research department within the School of Medicine (SOM). The Department has 65 full-time faculty working as clinicians and/or basic research scientists, 10 recall faculty, 20 volunteer faculty, 29 non-faculty academics, 44 postdoctoral scholars, 21 residents, 6 clinical fellows, 7 graduate students and approximately 185 administrative, clinic and research staff.  The department conducts its clinical, teaching, and research activities at four UCSF campuses: Parnassus, Mt. Zion, Veteran’s Administration Medical Center (VAMC), San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) and the Helen Diller Cancer Building at Mission Bay. Faculty and staff are located at the Parnassus and Mission Bay Campuses as well as SFGH and the VA.

Required Qualifications

•    BA/BS degree 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
•    Strong organizational and communication skills. Initiative to work independently and efficiently is expected.

Preferred Qualifications

•    Effective use of laboratory instruments and their maintenance; knowledge of biomedical and biotechnological techniques and methodologies
•    Working knowledge in tissue culture and basic molecular biology (including immunoblotting, cloning, viral transduction methods, PCR, and immunofluorescence) 

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 diversity.ucsf.edu

Join us to find a rewarding career contributing to improving healthcare worldwide.

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.

Job Code and Payroll Title

009617 SRA 2 NEX

Job Category

Research and Scientific

Bargaining Unit

University Professional Technical Employees – Research Support Professionals Unit (UPTE-RX)

Additional Shift Details

Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, 40 hours per week

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