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Research Scholar
San Francisco VA Medical Center in the San Francisco, California
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Date Posted 02/04/2019
Employment Type 1
Application Deadline Open until filled

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Research Scholar

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SF VA Medical Center


San Francisco




A postdoctoral fellow (Ph.D., M.D., or M.D./Ph.D.) is needed to advance HIV cure research aimed at reversing latent HIV infection and leading to the death of infected cells. These projects involve the implementation and development of laboratory assays to apply to latency models and samples from infected and uninfected individuals. This position is training under Dr. Yukl and Dr. Wong.

Essential Functions:
• Assist in maintaining and monitoring all equipment and procedures for quality control
• Review pertinent medical literature
• Design and execute experiments using cellular, biochemical, and molecular biology techniques 
• Process human biological samples, including isolation of cells from blood and tissues; store and ship samples
• Perform molecular biology procedures, including DNA and RNA isolation, reverse transcription, PCR, qPCR and qRT-PCR, ELISA, and possibly others 
• Perform cell culture procedures, including culture of cell lines and primary cells, transfection, in vitro infection, fluorescent microscopy, flow cytometry, single cell analysis methods, and possibly other techniques
• Implement, trouble-shoot, optimize, and develop new assays, making innovative contributions to laboratory procedures
• Assist with training of research methods and approaches to laboratory group
• Maintain detailed written record of work performed
• Perform analysis of experiment results and findings, including data collection, entry, statistical analysis and graph creation
• Produce written reports detailing results of experiments and analysis of results; draft manuscripts of results for publication
• Present oral and/or poster reports at laboratory, local, and national meetings 
• Assist with composition of grant applications
• Adhere to data security requirements
• Perform other duties as assigned


• PhD in biological related science, MD, MD/PhD, or equivalent combination of education and experience 
• 2+ years of related work experience desirable
• Knowledge of principles and practice of cellular and molecular biology
• Working knowledge of safety standards in laboratories
• Solid interpersonal skills 
• Excellent organizational skills
• Careful attention to detail; ability to accurately follow experimental protocols
• Ability to manage multiple projects, tasks, and priorities to achieve desired goals.
• Ability to meet deadlines.
• Ability to think creatively and solve problems
• Ability to work under minimal supervision
• Strong written/oral communication skills
• Computer literacy with full working knowledge of MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and graphing software
• Ability to analyze data and perform statistical analyses.
• Ability to make sound decisions in a manner consistent with the essential job functions.

  • Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.

  • Please view Equal Employment Opportunity Posters provided by OFCCP here.

  • The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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