Junior Specialist - Kheirbek Lab

The Kheirbek Lab in the Department of Psychiatry is seeking a Junior Specialist. Our lab specializes in research aimed at understanding the neural circuits that go awry in psychiatric illness, with a specific focus on anxiety and depression related illnesses using mouse models (see kheirbeklab.org for more information).

The successful candidate will assist in general laboratory management and bench work, immunohistochemical analysis of brain tissue, conducting optogenetic and calcium imaging experiments (fiber photometry and miniscope) in awake behaving mice, beginning with generation/genotyping of mice, construction and surgical implantation of optical cannulas, mouse behavioral experiments and data analysis.

Key responsibilities:

  • Laboratory bench work (immunohistochemistry, genotyping, cloning) and management (ordering, organization)
  • Mouse stereotactic surgery
  • Mouse behavior (with optogenetics or calcium imaging)

We are especially keen to hire an individual who is highly motivated and capable of both working in a team and independent problem solving. Specialists appointed at the junior rank must possess a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent degree) in biology or a related discipline. Experience working in a research laboratory is a prerequisite. This would be an ideal position for a recent or upcoming graduate seeking to gain laboratory research experience using state-of-the-art techniques in neuroscience prior to applying to graduate school, and it is our intention for the selected candidates to contribute meaningfully to projects and co-author peer-reviewed publications. Previous experience with stereotactic surgery and working with mice are preferred.

Please apply online and submit a CV, cover letter, and three names and emails of references at aprecruit.ucsf.edu/apply/JPF01885.

Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue as needed throughout the recruitment period. Salary and will be commensurate with the applicants experience and training.

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.