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Company Name :
University of California San Francisco
Company Location :
San Francisco, CA 94143
Job Position :
Staff Research Associate
Job Category :
Jobs in California

Job Description :
One of the main goals of the Memory and Aging Center (MAC) is to make biospecimens banked at the Sample Processing Laboratory (SPL) / Biospecimen Core (BC) available to researchers who are performing studies related to dementia, aging, and other disorders. To achieve this goal, MAC banks samples from a wide range of studies. These samples are collected to serve the goals of the research study they are collected under, and also to make samples available to other researchers.

The SPL/BC is responsible for both the initial processing of such samples and their posterior biobanking.

The new SPL/BC member will be a key player in both duties. They will need to work with clinical research coordinators to accommodate participant visits into the workload of the SPL, be able to process all samples received in a given day, and track them using the adequate LIM system. In addition, they will need to work closely with their supervisor to fulfill sample requests from internal and external collaborators that require the finding and preparations for shipment of biospecimens banked in our biorepository. In summary, they will perform a wide variety or repetitive laboratory experimental procedures, simultaneously with a variety of non-standard experimental procedures that require ingenuity, resourcefulness, and adaptability to special and constantly changing needs of research in the very specialized field of biospecimen processing. The new team member is expected to make innovative contributions to optimize the process they are involved with.
In addition to these research related activities, the new SPL/BC member will contribute to the management of the inventory of lab consumables and supply purchases.

Department Description

The Memory and Aging Center (MAC) is a clinical research unit within the UCSF Department of Neurology that investigates the clinical (neurological, cognitive, behavioral, neuroanatomic) characteristics of various neurodegenerative diseases. The Primary Investigator’s (PI) research within the MAC focuses on the decision-making processes in patients with frontotemporal dementia (FTD), Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), primary progressive aphasia (PPA), and other neurodegenerative disorders.

Required Qualifications


BA/BS in a related 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.
Working knowledge of scientific methodology and related research and technical literature sufficient to contribute to optimization of processes. Profound knowledge of basic wet lab techniques (pipetting, using centrifuges, etc). Ability to learn and ask questions.
Working knowledge of safety standards in laboratories including OSHA regulations and use of hazardous substances with knowledge of safety regulations and training.
Computer literacy (Macintosh and/or PC-compatible) and efficiency with MS Office suite.
Effective communication skills.
Ability to manage multiple projects, tasks and priorities to achieve desired goals. Modify, vary or adapt standard procedures to meet the needs of research projects, or improve tests that are unsatisfactory.
Ability to perform assigned duties under minimal supervision, after an initial training (as needed for novel techniques)

BA/BS degree in a related science and 1+ years of experience (wet lab), or an equivalent combination of education and experience

Preferred Qualifications

Prior experience with a Laboratory Information Management System. Freezerworks experience will be valued.
IATA training
Good Clinical Practices

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

009617 SRA 2 NEX

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

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