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Staff Research Associate

Company: University of California - San Francisco
Location: San Francisco
Posted on: February 10, 2024

Job Description:

Staff Research Associate

Cardiovascular Research Inst

Full Time


Job Summary

This is a laboratory-based research position focusing on molecular and cellular mechanism of cardiac and neuronal function and signaling, using molecular biology assays, cell culture techniques and microscopy. The successful candidate will get trained and work with the PI in isolating cardiac cells and neurons, preparing retroviral and adenoviral genes and performing cell culture gene transfection/infection/knockdown procedures. Experiments include, mouse maintenance and husbandry, cell culture techniques, dissection and various live cell-imaging techniques.The final salary and offer components are subject to additional approvals based on UC policy.To see the salary range for this position (we recommend that you make a note of the job code and use that to look up): TCS Non-Academic Titles Search ( note: 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.For roles covered by a bargaining unit agreement, there will be specific rules about where a new hire would be placed on the range.To learn more about the benefits of working at UCSF, including total compensation, please visit:

Department Description

The primary mission of the Cardiovascular Research Institute, the largest organized research unit on the San Francisco campus, is to promote fundamental and clinical research on the cardiovascular and pulmonary respiratory systems and to provide opportunities for postdoctoral training in these fields. With over 200 faculty, staff, and postdoctoral fellows, the CVRI supports faculty from a variety of departments (Medicine, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Lab Medicine, Pediatrics, Anatomy, Anesthesia, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Physiology, Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology). The total extramural funding is $34 million annually (direct and indirect costs), with $1M in indirect cost return, and $561K in State funds. Assets include $38 million in endowment income and gifts, $3M in clinical reserves, and $5.8M in opportunity funds.

Required Qualifications

  • BA/BS in a related science and knowledge of, or experience with, the basic techniques or methods required by the position; or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Knowledge or experience in basic laboratory skills: Molarity calculations, accurate solution formulation, pH determination, maintenance of accurate notebooks, ability to understand and follow basic laboratory protocols with direct supervision, ability to perform complex tasks without committing errors.
  • Knowledge or experience in molecular biology: Laboratory experience including experience with: PCR, DNA isolation, agarose gel electrophoresis, ligation of DNA, transformation of DNA, mini and maxi-preparation of DNA, Preparation of retroviral and adenoviral genes and Western blotting.
  • Knowledge or experience in microscopy techniques: General understanding of microscopy and familiarity with live-cell imaging techniques.
  • Knowledge or experience in animal care: Familiarity and ability to work with both mice and rat. Specifically, experience with primary cell isolation such as cardiac cells and neurons, husbandry for both mouse and rat.
  • Team player with good communication and interpersonal skills. Willingness to learn and motivated to succeed

    Preferred Qualifications

    Knowledge or experience in molecular biology: PCR, DNA isolation, agarose gel electrophoresis, ligation of DNA, transformation of DNA, mini and maxi-preparation of DNA, Preparation of retroviral and adenoviral genes and Western blotting.
    • Animal care and maintenance: Familiarity with mouse and rat breeding

      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.

      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)

      Employee Class





      Mission Bay (SF)



      Shift Length

      8 Hours

      Additional Shift Details

      M-F, 8 hours/day, 8am-5pm

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