IND Molecular/Cell Biologist/Adjunct Professor Series


University of California, San Francisco


San Francisco, California

Principal Investigator

Stanley Prusiner



The Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases (IND) at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is seeking a molecular/cell biologist to design, develop, and validate novel tools for the study of neurodegenerative diseases. The director of the IND is Nobel laureate Stanley Prusiner.

The successful candidate will have a strong track record in neuroscience research and will join a multidisciplinary team of scientists dedicated to finding a cure for neurodegenerative diseases by discovering small molecule drugs that prevent the propagation of misfolded proteins in cells, animal models, and eventually, human patients.  The team is engaged in fundamental research to understand the process of protein misfolding as well as translational research to apply this knowledge toward drug discovery assays.

The candidate should have strong practical experience in protein expression and cell culture. He or she should have excellent management and communication skills and work well in a team environment.

This is a full-time position with excellent benefits. Salary is dependent upon experience.

Interested applicants should submit curriculum vitae with a list of publications, a brief statement of research accomplishments and interests, and contact information for three professional references. Please apply online at

UC San Francisco seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


  • Ph.D. with emphasis in neuroscience or neuropharmacology.
  • At least three years of post-Ph.D. experience in both molecular and cell biology, including: (1) DNA cloning and the construction of expression vectors, (2) Transfection and viral infection, (3) Western blotting, immunoprecipitation and protein purification, (4) Cell line differentiation, (5) Stable transfection and cloning.
  • Candidates with experience in cell-based assay development and/or cellular models of neurodegenerative diseases are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants should possess excellent managerial, leadership, organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills, as well as exhibit evidence of imagination in problem-solving.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with a demonstrated superb command of oral and written English.