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The incumbent will perform laboratory experiments in the area of basic heart rhythm research in cell and animal models. Experiments are directed at understanding (1) the development and architecture of nodal tissues, specialized conduction tissues, and atrial myocardium in the vertebrate heart; (2) the electrophysiology of normal and diseased myocardial tissue in animal models, and (3) translational research to develop novel treatments for heart rhythm disorders, including but not limited to sinus node dysfunction, conduction system disease, atrial fibrillation, and ventricular arrhythmia.
The responsibilities of this position are: Under the general direction of Dr. Vedantham, the incumbent will perform scientific research experiments related to several ongoing research projects on arrhythmias. Specific experimental techniques will include cellular and molecular electrophysiology, optical mapping and calcium imaging, mouse surgery, immunohistochemistry and immunocytochemistry, stereomicroscopic dissection of mouse hearts and embryos, cardiomyocyte isolation, a limited amount of mouse colony management, and standard molecular biology experiments including RNA work, preparation of libraries for sequencing, basic cloning and generation of expression constructs.
In addition, the incumbent will be expected to analyze data generated, identify pitfalls in experimental design, and troubleshoot experiments independently. The incumbent will also be involved in the design and interpretation of experiments, and in some cases, charting new experimental directions.
Preparation of figures and manuscripts will be expected as well as poster presentations at local and national meetings, as is warranted. In addition, the incumbent will be the “go-to person” in charge of implementation of all cellular and molecular electrophysiology experiments in the lab, as well as mouse surgical procedures, both with respect to training others and with respect to developing or adapting new methods for use in the lab.
Overall, the expectation is that the incumbent will engage in highly significant research and scholarship in heart rhythm, and will use her or his professional expertise to further the mission of the university and to have an impact on the field.
Finally, the incumbent will be expected to participate in university and/or public service and will be offered opportunities to participate in committees at the departmental level, possibly including (but not limited to) organization of research seminar series and working groups on specific scientific topics in her or his area of expertise.
The selected candidate must possess a Ph.D. (or equivalent degree) or ten or more years of experience in the relevant specialization.
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. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.
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 high-quality patient care. It is the only UC campus in the 10-campus system dedicated exclusively to the health sciences.