Under the direction of the Microbial Genomics CoLab Director, the incumbent will serve as a research assistant, with a focus toward providing microbiome genomics analysis services to users within the Benioff Center for Microbiome Medicine (BCMM), the University of California San Francisco and beyond.

The BCMM is focused on human microbiome research, with a particular interest in accelerating discovery and translation in the fields of early life microbiome and therapeutic development. The Center supports multiple collaborative labs (CoLabs), technology hubs that facilitate microbiome research projects. Research projects facilitated through the Microbial Genomics CoLab will be diverse, spanning disciplines within all schools across campus, and may include one or more of the following: Providing guidance on appropriate sample collection and preservation methods, sample extraction for library preparation, sequencing (16S rRNA, ITS2 and metagenomics) and data analyses. In addition the research assistant, under direction of the Microbial Genomics CoLab Director will be responsible for development of novel genomics tools to address ongoing challenges in the field of translational Microbiome research.

The candidate will provide technical support to the CoLab, receiving, cataloging, and processing a variety of sample types from investigators across campus. The research assistant will work closely with the director, anther research assistant, and computational biologist to facilitate timely data generation.


  • A B.Sc. or higher in Biology or related field, with at least two years of experience in microbiome research.
  • Experience in large-scale sample handling and processing.
  • Expertise in microbial genomics assay implementation, including nucleic acid extraction, biomarker and metagenomic library preparation and data handling.
  • Proven project management skills; capacity to manage multiple sub-projects simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, interpret, evaluate, and present research findings in a variety of formats including research manuscripts, grant proposals, external manuscripts, and oral presentations and in collaborative and instructional scientific interactions within laboratory and discussion settings.
  • Ability to utilize on-line databases and other software to create, retrieve, and compile data using standard software programs.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills to establish and maintain excellent working relationships with colleagues, faculty, donors, and industry partners, with an emphasis on collaboration, tact, diplomacy, flexibility, professionalism, and discretion.
  • Solid communications skills with the ability to speak and write clearly about technical and scientific research and develop narrative for correspondence, brochures, and other public relations material.

Please apply online at https://aprecruit.ucsf.edu/JPF03604. Applicants’ materials must list current and/or pending qualifications upon submission.

Application deadline: Open until filled
Start date: Open until filled
Location: San Francisco, California (USA)