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Staff Research Associate

Job Description

Orofacial Sciences

Full Time


Job Summary

A Staff Research Associate 1 (SRA 1) position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Ophir Klein in the Program in Craniofacial Biology at UCSF. The SRA's key responsibilities will be to provide assistance for the smooth running of the lab. The main responsibilities are: mouse colony management, wet lab experimental support under the supervision of senior scientists and postdoctoral scholars, as well as general lab maintenance. The laboratory is located at the UCSF Parnassus Heights campus, in the center of San Francisco. UCSF offers an outstanding developmental and stem cell biology community and a supportive working environment.

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Please note: The compensation ranges listed online for roles not covered by a bargaining unit agreement are very wide, however a job offer will typically fall in the range of 80% - 120% of the established mid-point. An offer will take into consideration the experience of the final candidate AND the current salary level of individuals working at UCSF in a similar role.

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Department Description

The Department of Orofacial Sciences is a new and exciting academic and clinical enterprise, the role of which is teaching and practicing the diagnosis and treatment of localized and systemic oral diseases and developmental conditions, and advancing knowledge about them. Research in the Department covers a broad spectrum of basic, translational and clinical sciences that complement the clinical activities of the Department.

The Klein Laboratory, in addition to being affiliated with this Department in UCSF School of Dentistry, is also part of the Program in Craniofacial Biology (PCB). The PCB program brings together faculty, research labs and investigators who are interested in the development, function, and regeneration of the craniofacial complex. Researchers in the program study the biology of various stem cells, and how these progenitors differentiate into tissues through highly regulated mechanisms.

Required Qualifications

  • BA/BS in a related 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;
  • Basic understanding of Genetics and molecular biology
  • Willingness to work with mice and other rodents
  • Previous experience with basic laboratory skills
  • Excellent organization skill and attention to detail
  • Excellent time and task management skills
  • Excellent communication skills (both oral and written)
  • Proficiency with software programs such as Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment and independently
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated record of excellent attendance and punctuality
  • Ability to follow verbal and written instructions

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior experience in PCR
  • Prior experience in mouse and other rodent handling and genotyping
  • Prior experience in mouse and other rodent colony management
  • Prior experience with RNAscope, RNA in situ hybridization and immunofluorescence
  • Knowledge of UCSF policies and procedures
  • Prior experience in a research laboratory
  • Prior experience with molecular biology

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

009613 SRA 1

Job Category

Research and Scientific

Bargaining Unit

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


Parnassus Heights (SF)

Additional Shift Details

M-F; 9am – 5:30pm

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