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Staff Research Associate I/II

Job Description


Full Time


Job Summary

The Lakkaraju laboratory https://ophthalmology.ucsf.edu/lakkarajulab/ at UCSF School of Medicine studies mechanisms that cause neurodegeneration in the retina with the goal of developing effective therapies.

We seek an enthusiastic Staff Research Associate I/II (SRA I/II) to work as part of a diverse and dynamic team investigating the cell biology of neurodegeneration. Recent research from the lab has identified novel drugs that are currently in clinical development for age-related macular degeneration, a neurodegenerative disease that causes permanent vision loss in over 50 million older adults.

Responsibilities include: Managing mouse colonies, including breeding and genotyping; Extensive animal handling (basic manipulation and injections); Performing standard biochemical and molecular biology experiments; Generating and maintaining primary cell cultures; Immunohistochemistry, confocal imaging, etc. Assisting in general upkeep of the laboratory such as ordering and organization of supplies and reagents and keeping equipment in operation.

The Lakkaraju lab is an inclusive, creative, and collaborative environment with a strong commitment to mentoring, professional development, and fostering independence. Lab alumni of diverse backgrounds have established successful careers in academia or industry. We offer a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.

Department Description

The UCSF Department of Ophthalmology is one of the leading ophthalmology departments in clinical care, training, and research nationwide. The Department of Ophthalmology is a one of the largest recipients of federal grant funds among peer departments. We are ranked 1st in National Eye Institute Funding and 2nd in overall National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding in the country. Additionally, we have been the #1 recipient of the Research to Prevent Blindness funding nationwide with nearly $1.2 million granted in a single year. Overall, the Department has a wide-ranging portfolio of 60 active research grants. UCSF’s renowned eye care services has a new state-of-the-art home. In November 2020, the Wayne and Gladys Valley Center for Vision opened its doors. Located at UCSF's Mission Bay Campus, the center houses the Vision Clinics, where many of UCSF's eye care programs relocated, as well as research and teaching facilities. Ophthalmology conducts its patient care, teaching, research, and public service activities currently at multiple UCSF campuses: Parnassus, Mt. Zion, Veteran’s Administration Medical Center (VAMC), San Francisco General (SFG), East Bay and Benioff Children’s Hospital at Mission Bay and in Oakland. The Department sponsors numerous invited speakers, research seminars, journal clubs, as well as a postdoctoral training program focused on mentorship, networking, and recognition. The UCSF Department of Ophthalmology consists of approximately 300 FTE’s (including UCSF Health employees) including faculty, basic scientists, postdoctoral scholars, graduate students, residents, fellows, clinical, research and administrative staff.

Required Qualifications


  • BA/BS/BSc degree in Molecular and Cell Biology, utilizing the tech or related biological science and knowledge of, or experience with, the basic techniques or methods required by the position; and/or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Cell and molecular biology experience
  • Animal husbandry and rodent handling experience
  • Hands-on experience working with mice, including colony management
  • Lab skills including PCR, qPCR, westerns and immunohistochemistry, histopathology and microscopy
  • Must have strong communication skills, computer skills, be highly motivated and work well as a team or independently
  • BA/BS degree in Molecular and Cell Biology or related biological science and one or more years of recent, directly related work experience, utilizing the techniques or methods required by the position; and/or equivalent experience/training.

Note: Classification and salary will depend on the qualifications of the applicant.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with ocular disease models

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 diversity.ucsf.edu

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

009617 SRA 2 NEX

Job Category

Research and Scientific

Bargaining Unit

University Professional Technical Employees – Research Support Professionals Unit (UPTE-RX)


Parnassus Heights (SF)

Additional Shift Details

Monday - Friday, 8am-5pm

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