Staff Research Associate II (Drug Discovery)

Job Summary

The Staff Research Associate II (SRA II) will contribute, as part of the HTS (high throughput screening) team, to screening chemical compounds from both chemical libraries and medicinal chemistry synthesis to identify active drug candidates (hits or leads) leading to the discovery and development of treatments and cures for a number of neurodegenerative diseases.

The employee is responsible for screening small molecules using cell-, biochemical-, and other screening-based assays, and for converting assays to an HTS format. The HTS team is a key part of the overall multidisciplinary Drug Discovery research effort whose research interests span many fields of scientific research and report to the Team Leader. The goal of the team is to identify effective therapeutics against neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s disease, progressive supranuclear palsy, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, and multiple system atrophy.  

Note: A physical/health screening is required for this position.

Department Description

The Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases (IND) at UCSF is pursuing a cutting-edge blend of basic science and clinical medicine to provide outstanding care to those suffering from neurodegenerative diseases. Founded in 1999, the IND is committed to creating therapeutics that will halt diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and dementia resulting from traumatic brain injuries. The IND is poised to make serious contributions to this struggle at the frontier of neuroscience and medicine. The mission of the Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases is to discover causes and develop cures for these illnesses with an innovative program of basic research and clinical medicine.

Required Qualifications


  • B.S. degree in Biology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Immunology, or related science and one or more years of recent, directly related work experience following degree completion, utilizing the techniques or methods required by the position; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • At least one year of laboratory work in a research setting
  • BSL 2/3 approved (Bio Secure Lab)
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, organizational and record-keeping skills
  • Ability to work as an effective and efficient team member, and to participate in team meetings and planning
  • Enthusiasm, positive outlook, collegiality, and scientific curiosity


Preferred Qualifications


About UCSF

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It is the only campus in the 10-campus UC system dedicated exclusively to the health sciences. We bring together the world’s leading experts in nearly every area of health. We are home to five Nobel laureates who have advanced the understanding of cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, aging and stem cells.

Pride Values

UCSF is a diverse community made of people with many skills and talents. We seek candidates whose work experience or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity and excellence – also known as our PRIDE values.

In addition to our PRIDE values, UCSF is committed to equity – both in how we deliver care as well as our workforce. We are committed to building a broadly diverse community, nurturing a culture that is welcoming and supportive, and engaging diverse ideas for the provision of culturally competent education, discovery, and patient care. Additional information about UCSF is available at

Join us to find a rewarding career contributing to improving healthcare worldwide.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California San Francisco 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, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.



Job Code and Payroll Title

009617 SRA 2 NEX

Job Category

Research and Scientific

Bargaining Unit

University Professional Technical Employees – Research Support Professionals Unit (UPTE-RX)

Employee Class





Mission Bay (SF)



Shift Length

8 Hours

Additional Shift Details

Monday - Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm


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