Cell Biologist- Junior, Assistant, or Associate Specialist Series (Arkin Lab) University of California, San Francisco, School of Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Chemistry United States

Cell Biologist- Junior, Assistant, or Associate Specialist Series (Arkin Lab)


  • SCHOOL OF PHARMACY - Pharmaceutical Chemistry



Open date: October 16th, 2018
Last review date: November 30th, 2018

Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: April 16th, 2020

Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


Cell Biologist
Junior, Assistant, or Associate Specialist Series
Arkin Lab, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
University of California, San Francisco


The Laboratory of Michelle Arkin and the Small Molecule Discovery Center (SMDC) in the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry is seeking a highly self-motivated and responsible individual for a cell biologist position. The successful candidate will work with the Accelerating Therapeutics for Opportunities in Medicine (ATOM) Consortium to develop and run multiple 2D and 3D High Content cell based assay formats to measure and predict hepatocyte toxicity. The ATOM Consortium is a partnership between academia, industry, and government labs with the goal of rapidly accelerating drug discovery by integrating modeling, machine learning, and human-relevant in vitro models. One of our goals in ATOM is to optimize preclinical safety predictions, so we can incorporate predictive toxicology early in the drug discovery process.


Relevant websites:

Arkin Lab


Small Molecule Discovery Center: 


ATOM Consortium: 


Required Qualifications

  • Specialists appointed at the Junior rank must possess a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent degree) in life sciences or related field.
  • Specialists appointed at the Assistant or Associate rank must possess a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) or at least five years of research experience in the relevant specialization.
  • Interest and/or experience working in a team research environment. Strong written and communication skills.


Preferred Qualifications

  • MS in life sciences or related field.
  • Expertise working with a variety of mammalian cell lines, cell-based assay development, microscopy, cell staining, immunofluorescence and techniques.
  • Familiarity with basic statistical and graphical analysis of data.
  • Experience in cell health assays, drug safety related work, preclinical drug discovery research including High throughput screening and High content analysis (HCA).
  • Experience and familiarity in Complex in vitro model biology.
  • Experience in transfection, selection and isolation of stable cell lines, molecular biology, and plasmid vector construction.
  • Eager to learn new technologies and develop as an independent scientist.


Salary will be commensurate with the applicant’s experience and training.


Applicants must submit a brief cover letter and a curriculum vitae. Please apply online and submit these documents along with the contact information for at least two references to: https://aprecruit.ucsf.edu/apply/JPF02161


UCSF seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment of 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.



San Francisco, CA



Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity (Optional)

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

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