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Staff Research Associate II

at University of California San Francisco

Posted: 10/3/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2936190

Job Description

Job Code and Payroll Title
9617 Staff Research Associate II-Non Exempt

Job Summary
The Staff Research Associate II (SRA II) will use state of the art next generation sequencing approaches to identify biomarkers and targets that define distinct classes of immunopathology associated with cancers, which may predict overall survival and response to therapy. Working as part of a multidisciplinary group, the SRA II will utilize various protocols to generate DNA and RNA sequencing libraries. Responsibilities will include both manual and automated RNA extraction and sequencing library preparation methods and pre-processing of next generation sequencing data.

The SRA II will interact closely with other laboratory members and will be responsible for meticulous handling and processing of research and clinical samples. The candidate will also aid in new and ongoing research projects involving other sample types. Strong organization skills are required. This position represents an excellent opportunity to further basic laboratory and high-throughput molecular biology skills in a dynamic, well-established functional genomics research environment.

The UCSF Functional Genomics Core Facility serves as a genomics resource for investigators who wish to use next generation sequencing technologies to address a wide range of questions relevant to human disease. We are a multidisciplinary group that interacts closely with investigators and offers support for all phases of each study, including experimental design, sample preparation, and data analysis. The facility provides support for various types of applications including RNA-Seq, small RNA-Seq and ChIP-Seq. Application of these technologies requires a substantial investment of time, effort, and funds.

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

Mission Bay

Job Title
Staff Research Associate II

Appointment Type


Shift Length
8 Hours


Work Days
Monday - Friday; 40 hours per week

Required Qualifications
• BA/BS degree in a related science and one or more years of recent, directly related work experience utilizing molecular biology techniques or methods required by the position; or an equivalent combination of education and experience
• Experience with general molecular biology techniques including, but not limited to RNA isolation, gel electrophoresis, PCR and RT-PCR
• Strong interpersonal communication skills (verbal and written)
• Excellent organizational skills
• Willingness and ability to learn new methods and skills for changing research priorities
• Ability to work independently and as a member of a research team
• Ability to prioritize tasks, coordinate work tasks with others, and meet multiple deadlines

Preferred Qualifications
• Prior experience with library preparation for RNA-Seq (or other next generation sequencing) technologies
• Prior experience with RNA methods
• Experience with high-throughput automation
• Prior experience in writing reports to include methods / protocols / procedures, results and tentative conclusions


Position Type
Full Time

Department Name
Lung Biology / Medicine

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.