University of California, San Francisco Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
The Chou Lab (www.choulab.com) at UCSF’s Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics is an interdisciplinary research group focused on biological research at the interface of structural biology, microbiology, and pathogenesis. We are seeking a professional research scientist at the assistant or associate level to join the group. We strive to build a collaborative team that is rooted in equity, scientific rigor, and open access. This position would be an ideal opportunity for highly motivated individuals with a long-term interest in research and potential goal of leading a small group of their own. The available research position will allow one to expand their creativity in designing a project centered around understanding the molecular basis of tick¬–microbe relationships while learning how to manage an independent research program. Excellent communication, organization and mentoring skills a must. Only candidates with relevant experience with the experimental tick/murine transmission model will be considered.
DESCRIPTION The Assistant or Associate Research Scientist will be a major contributor to an innovative program studying the mechanisms by which blood-feeding arthropods interact with animal hosts and bacteria. They will lead independent projects, which may be guided by or in collaboration with Dr. Seemay Chou and external experts. This will provide the opportunity to manage a small team, obtain internal and external funding through independent research grants, and run tick-feeding/experimental transmission experiments.
As part of this project, they will: • Work with a multidisciplinary team of experts. • Engage in relevant research and translation of research. • Mentor and train technicians, graduate students, and postdocs • Develop, maintain, and review safety protocols, animal protocols, and SOPs • Conduct and collaborate on original research and publish papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals. • Manage active collaboration with a wide range of internal and external partners, including trainees, leading academics in the field, biostatisticians, and computational experts. • Support and write grant proposals • Support presentations, publications, and other projects as needed • Participate in scholarly conferences and symposiums
The Assistant or Associate Research Scientist is expected to use their creativity and expertise to make substantial scientific and scholarly contributions, may participate in University and Public Service, but do not have teaching responsibilities.
Required qualifications: • Applicants must possess a doctorate degree in the biological sciences and have at least 2 years of post-doctoral training followed by at least 2 years of lab managerial experience. • A strong publication track record in the peer-reviewed scientific literature • Attention to detail and ability to manage multiple priorities and projects • Ability to develop, maintain, and manage internal and external collaborations • Excellent teamwork skills and the ability to communicate effectively and collaboratively with students, postdoctoral fellows, staff, and faculty • Desire to secure funding through academic, foundation, NGO, or government grants • Demonstrated ability to work with EH&S and IACUC staff to develop, maintain, and review approvals for the use of biological agents, animals, and controlled-substances • Experience writing safety and animal protocols and SOPs • Hands on experience in molecular biology, microbiology, protein expression and purification, tissue culture, and tick/animal models • Familiarity with arthropod anatomy and physiology • At least 2 years expertise maintaining, handling, and feeding ticks • At least 2 years expertise culturing and handling tick-borne Borrelia spirochetes. • Familiarity with microscopy, including the use of dark-field, fluorescent, and dissecting microscopes • Expertise mentoring and training technicians, graduate students, and postdocs. • Demonstrated written and oral communications skills and ability to communicate with both scientists and non-scientists. • Commitment to lifelong learning, mentoring, diversity, and inclusion. • Must meet the requirements by the time of appointment. • Candidate’s CV and/or cover letter must list basic qualifications (or if pending) upon submission.
Desired qualifications • Experience with social media and usage in an academic/ professional setting. • Familiarity with or desire to learn computer programming (R, python or similar language).
Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue as needed throughout the recruitment period. Salary and rank will be commensurate with the applicant’s experience and training.
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.