Flow Cytometry Position

April 11, 2016

We are recruiting a Staff Research Associate (SRA)/Specialist to help purify immune cells from human blood samples of healthy individuals and patients with autoimmune diseases. Our research aims to understand transcriptional networks that control T cell function in human health and disease (see Marson et al., Nature 2007; Farh and Marson et al., Nature 2015). We integrate genomic analyses (e.g. ChIP-seq, ATAC-seq, RNA-seq) with human disease genetics, genome engineering (see Schumann et al., PNAS 2015) and in vitro and in vivo studies of T cell function.

Working as part of a multidisciplinary group, the SRA will utilize various protocols to process human blood samples and sort immune cell subsets from both healthy and autoimmune patient samples. S/he will interact closely with other laboratory members and will be responsible for meticulous handling and processing of research and clinical samples. The candidate will also aid in new and ongoing research projects involving other sample types and will perform other duties as assigned. Strong organization skills are required. This position represents an excellent opportunity to gain exposure to basic laboratory skills as well as genetics and genome engineering skills in a dynamic, well-established functional genomics research environment.

Required Qualifications

• BA/BS degree and one or more years of recent, directly related work experience utilizing flow cytometry techniques or methods required by the position; or an equivalent combination of education and experience
• Experience with general laboratory techniques including but not limited to cell isolation from whole blood, flow cytometry and cell culture
• Excellent organizational skills
• 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
• Strong interpersonal communication skills (verbal and written)
• Ability to prioritize tasks, coordinate work tasks with others, and meet multiple deadlines

Preferred Qualifications

• Prior experience with cell culture, especially T cell culture
• Prior experience in writing reports to include methods/protocols/procedures, results and

tentative conclusions


Payment is according to the UCSF pay scale. UCSF is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. Please submit your complete application documents including CV and references to: Alexander.marson@ucsf.edu


Alex Marson, MD, PhD

UCSF Sandler Faculty Fellow

University of California, San Francisco