The Basbaum lab is seeking a Junior/Assistant/Associate/Full Specialist to join our group and contribute to new and ongoing projects. Our lab focuses on mechanisms that underlie the generation of acute and persistent pain. We take a multidisciplinary approach, involving molecular, neuroanatomical, pharmacological, behavioral and cortical imaging approaches in mice to address these pain processing mechanisms. In parallel studies we examine circuits that contribute to chronic itch. The candidate will be expected to contribute to this research by working on two rather distinct projects, one involving pharmacological evaluation in the mouse of the pain relieving effects of different novel compounds. The drugs are administered systemically and the animal’s behavior is examined using different tests of heat and mechanical sensitivity in both the control and injury models. The second research project involves brain imaging of the activity of the large populations of neurons in the mouse brain. The candidate will be responsible for preparing mice for the recordings, which involves surgical implantation of a lens through which a head mounted camera can monitor activity. Additionally, the junior specialist will assist with managing day-to-day lab operations, and perform general lab duties and be a positive lab citizen.
Required Qualifications: • Excellent organizational and interpersonal communication skills (verbal and written) • 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. • Must have (or be in process of obtaining) a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent degree) or four years of research experience to be appointed at the Junior rank. • Must have (or be in process of obtaining) a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) or at least five to ten years of research experience to be appointed at the Assistant or Associate ranks. • Must have (or be in process of obtaining) a terminal degree (or equivalent degree) or at least ten or more years of research experience to be appointed at the Full rank.
Preferred Qualifications: • Prior experience with behavioral testing of rodents • Prior experience with stereotaxic surgical procedures in rodents
We are seeking at least a 2-year commitment. Depending on performance and workload, opportunities for independent research, mentorship of other trainees, and scientific writing will be available.
Applicants must meet requirements by the time of appointment.
UC San Francisco seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research, or community service 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.
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 high-quality patient care. It is the only UC campus in the 10-campus system dedicated exclusively to the health sciences.