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Category: Research
Facility: Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute
Department: CHORI
Schedule: Full Time
Shift: Day Shift
Hours: 40 hours/week
FTE: 1.00000
Job Details: Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science

***This position is contingent upon external funds*** 

Job Summary:
This position is in the Center for Vaccine Development and Immunobiology at CHORI. The purpose of the position is to support a cutting-edge research project focused on the pathogenesis of Chlamydial diseases using molecular and cell biology along with informatics. The results of this research could yield significant improvement in the ability to identify lead candidates for an efficacious vaccine and new drug targets. Experimental laboratory procedures include but are not limited to preparation, qRT-PCR, tissue culture, ELISA, Westerns, nucleic acid extractions from cultured cells and primary human and/or mouse tissue, Western blots, FACS, GC/MS, microscopy, bioinformatics, fluorescent and light microscopy, bacterial cloning and protein expression and purification.

Initiative and scientific engagement are exceedingly valued within this particular laboratory workplace community.  The position allows for attendance at the CHORI Faculty Seminar Series, monthly seminars given by visiting scientists, and on-site journal clubs.  The employee with exceptional leadership abilities and work ethic will also have the opportunity to present their project progress to the CHORI scientific community via slide presentation and/or poster session.  For the highest caliber employee, mentorship and opportunities to contribute to projects leading to abstract submission at national scientific conferences and journal publication are available. The position affords numerous additional opportunities for career growth, workplace education, and advancement

The Staff Research Associate I, under supervision, performs technical laboratory procedures that require special training and skill, and usually has a theoretical background in one scientific field; or performs non-routine or a wide variety of routine, technical laboratory procedures but without (or before having demonstrated) the speed, resourcefulness, ingenuity, adaptability, or other qualities required in the performance of such duties at the Staff Research Associate II level. Employee will work on our Chlamydia pathogenesis and vaccine projects collecting and processing samples, organizing and maintaining data, and running routine lab experiments. The employee supports, initiates, maintains and completes experiments for the investigator and other members of the lab using molecular and cell biology and immunology techniques. The research requires interfacing with postdocs, graduate students, medical students and undergraduates in the lab.

Position Requirements:
Minimum Education: BA/BS with a major in an applicable natural science.
Knowledge/Skills: Under general direction, performs a wide variety of routine laboratory procedures or performs non-routine procedures in a specialized field with resourcefulness and adaptability to special and changing needs of research or performs a limited variety of routine but highly specialized laboratory procedures. Lab experience as it relates to molecular and cell biology, immunology, are important.  Will be responsible for general lab sterilization, equipment calibration, biohazard safety, supply management and self-development. Must have computer knowledge of database software, Excel, and Prism. Strong organizational skills, excellent at working with others and in a team, and able to solve problems are required.

Physical Requirements:
Sit: Up to 8 hours/day
Stand/Walk: Up to 6 hours/day
Bend/Stoop: Up to 6 hours/day
Reach: Up to 6 hours
|Rep Use of UE/Grasp: Up to 8 hrs
Lift/Push/Pull: 25lbs, over 25# with assistance or equipment
This job requires the ability to hear alarms clients and/or instruction. The ability to see accurately from 20 inches to 20-ft. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function of this position.

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland seeks candidates whose skills, and personal and professional experience, have prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence, and the communities we serve.

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