Staff Research Associate I
San Francisco, CA 
Posted 1 day ago
Job Description
Job Code and Payroll Title
9613 Staff Research Associate I

Job Summary
The Wilson lab (lab website: is looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic and organized junior researcher to assist in our aims in multiple sclerosis, meningitis and encephalitis research. We perform deep sequencing and phage display pan-serologic testing to identify novel and unusual infectious and autoimmune causes of meningitis and encephalitis as part of several global health projects.

The Staff Research Associate I/II (SRA I/II) will assist the lab with processing of human peripheral blood and cerebrospinal fluid samples for deep sequencing and phage-based pan-serology protocols. Additionally, the SRA is expected to assist in ordering lab supplies, making stock reagents, and maintaining equipment.

Patient visit schedules are constantly changing so some scheduling flexibility and a positive attitude are important. In return, you will receive the opportunity to participate in several highly impactful global health initiatives and utilize cutting edge technology to look at fascinating patient populations. We are a passionate, energetic group and hope to find someone who shares our commitment to the exciting work we are doing.

Throughout the Department of Neurology at UCSF, our mission is to deliver superb patient care, to apply state-of-the-art translational research methods to discover the causes of and treatments for human nervous system disorders, and to educate each generation of medical students, neurology residents and postdoctoral fellows. By fostering cross-disciplinary interactions among scientists around the world, we accelerate the pace of discovery and champion the University's global health initiatives.

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.


Req Number

675 Nelson Rising Lane - Mission Bay

Job Title
Staff Research Associate I/II

Appointment Type


Shift Length
8 Hours


Work Days
M-F, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Required Qualifications
* BA/BS degree in a related science and knowledge of, or experience with, the techniques or methods required by the position; or an equivalent combination of education and experience
* Conceptual understanding of basic human physiology and immunology
* Knowledge of scientific equipment (centrifuge, pipettes, ultra-low freezers)
* Strong computer skills including the use of Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook (coding experience in R is a plus)
* Ability to multi-task and prioritize
* Excellent communication skills
* Flexible schedule - ability to work evenings and weekends
* Meticulous record keeping abilities

* In addition to the above, one or more years of recent, directly related work experience following degree completion, utilizing the techniques or methods required by the position.
* Experience working with human biological samples

Preferred Qualifications
* Minimum of one year prior experience working with human biological samples
* Minimum of one year prior experience with phage display and/or patient antibody based techniques
* Generally experienced in job duties and in the principles and practices associated with those duties with an understanding of the underlying scientific principles
* Ability to draft routine reports and keep accurate records of work performed
* Actively seeks opportunities to increase skills and expertise
* Able to learn complex tasks with general instruction. Able to use experience to perform a variety of new techniques


Position Type
Full Time

Department Name

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 Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
1+ years
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