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17 June 2022: See this for open position Professional Academic Assistant Researcher (Step 1)

We are committed to training, mentoring, and enabling the next generation of scientists and clinicians

Doing impactful science of substance and longevity requires an outstanding and dedicated team. We take pride in mentoring and training young people who are curious and passionate. We like to host people from diverse scientific backgrounds and enable them to reach their full potential in a dynamic and highly collaborative environment here at UCSF and beyond. We are fully committed to diversity and inclusion and want to promote diversity in biological science and medicine.

We do appreciate integrity, kindness, curiosity, enthusiasm, and an open mindset. Depending on their interests, all trainees can expect to gain experience in one or more of the following areas: developmental biology, mouse genetics, molecular biology, genomics, multi-omics approaches, evo-devo, and animal models of human birth defects. Our goal is to provide the conceptual, technical, oral and written communication skills, and leadership skills for our trainees to succeed in the lab and then in their career pursuits.

Postdoctoral and Clinical Fellows

Independent fellows with a passion and dedication to discovery and with backgrounds in genetics, developmental biology, molecular biology, biology of model organisms, or evo-devo are encouraged to apply. Please email a cover letter, CV, and three references to [email protected] directly. 

Graduate Students

UCSF graduate, MD/PhD, and medical students should email [email protected] directly to inquire about a rotation. Please include a CV and a short description of research interests.

Research Associates

We are always looking for enthusiastic and dedicated students who have recently received or are about to receive their undergraduate degrees and want to be exposed to an intensive two-year research experience prior to applying to graduate school or medical school. Please email a cover letter, CV, and three references to [email protected] directly.

Medical and Dental Students

We are happy to host medical students who have a real interest in exploring research related to the mechanisms underlying tissue and organ morphogenesis and their perturbation in human birth defects. We also welcome dental students who are fascinated by the biology of the craniofacial complex and the genesis of craniofacial malformations. We will accept medical and dental students for summer rotations and gap year. Please email a cover letter and CV to [email protected] directly to inquire about potential opportunities.


We always welcome undergraduates who are highly motivated, passionate, and want to acquire real experience to do experimental work in a laboratory setting. Please email [email protected] directly to inquire about potential opportunities.


Professional Academic Assistant Researcher (Step 1)

Position Requirements Summary

Position for highly motivated Professional Academic Assistant Researcher (Step 1) is available with the Program in Craniofacial Biology, and Institute for Human Genetics, at the University of California, San Francisco. Candidate will be hosted in a highly interactive, collaborative, and friendly laboratory with emphasis on mentorship and personal growth.

We study the epigenetic and transcriptional regulation of morphogenesis in development, evolution, and disease. To this end, we use genome-wide, systems-level approaches, leveraging the strengths of different organismal systems, including mouse, chick, and human embryos. A special focus is on organogenesis of the craniofacial & appendicular skeleton.

Candidate will be expected to carry out specific experiments at the laboratory bench to enable the broader mission of the lab. These studies will include basic molecular biology techniques, multi-omics approaches such as RNA-seq, scRNA-seq, ATAC-seq and ChIP-seq on embryonic tissue samples, assistance in characterization of mouse mutant phenotypes including lineage tracing, RNAScope, imaging by confocal microscopy. These experimental approaches will require the candidate to be highly engaged and proactive in a dynamic research environment and in a highly collaborative atmosphere.

Candidate will be expected to supervise the work and performance of two Staff Research Associates guiding them and providing assistance as needed.

Candidate will be responsible for overall mouse colony management, monitoring cage counts and breeding schemes.

Candidate will be expected to advise and train post docs and other scientific members (e.g., collaborating faculty labs at UCSF and other institutions) on complex scientific techniques, e.g., CRISPR CAS9.

Required Qualifications

• PhD required in genetics, developmental biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, or relevant field and postdoctoral experience following completion of the PhD, utilizing techniques or methods in developmental biology, genetics, and genomics; or an equivalent combination of education and experience;

• Basic knowledge of laboratory practices and safety;

• General computer skills and ability to quickly learn and master computer programs, databases, and scientific applications;

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to interact productively with lab and campus personnel;

• Ability to manage multiple tasks effectively and work under deadlines with general guidance;

• Excellent organizational and planning skills to accurately complete detailed work;

• Team player Highly Preferred Qualifications • Research experience in genomics and next generation sequencing strongly preferred.

• Prior hands-on experience in genomic technologies including RNA-seq, scRNA-seq, ATAC-seq and ChIP-seq is highly valued and preferred.

• Mouse husbandry and mouse colony management experience.

• Familiarity using mouse models including dissections of embryos at early gestational days and tissue collection and tissue specimen processing (preservation, cryosectioning, staining, imaging) will also be highly valued.

• Bioinformatic skills highly desirable.

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.

Please apply online at: with cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references.

Applicant materials must list current qualifications upon submission.

The selected candidate must meet the qualifications at the time of application.

UC San Francisco seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research, or community service that 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.