Specialist Staff Research Associate - UCSF

San Francisco, California
$40,000 - $50,000
Apr 20, 2021
Jun 19, 2021
Field of specialization
Nuclear / Radiochemical
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

A junior (non Ph.D.-level) chemist position is currently available in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in the laboratory of Dr. David Wilson (https://radiology.ucsf.edu/research/labs/wilson) to study the metabolic imaging of infection using bacteria-specific PET and hyperpolarized 13C MRI methods. Both D-amino acid and para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA)- derived radiotracers have recently been reported, as well as a hyperpolarized 13C spectroscopy method:

https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acscentsci.9b00743; https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acsinfecdis.9b00196; https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acsinfecdis.8b00061; https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acsinfecdis.7b00234.

The ideal candidate has a B.S. or M.S. in a relevant area (chemistry or biochemistry) and interest/ experience in small animal work, metabolism, and/or cell physiology. Some background in synthetic/organic chemistry would be outstanding.

The successful applicant will work as part of a collaborative team and have access to a wide range of equipment, including at μPET/CT scanner, on-site cyclotron, 18F and 11C synthesis modules, hot cells, and liquid scintillation equipment. A dedicated cell and molecular biology laboratory, fully equipped for biological assays as well as a recently installed state of the art LC-MS system are used for complementary investigations.

The UCSF molecular imaging research program is directed by Dr. Wilson (https://radiology.ucsf.edu/research/research-interest-groups/CPMT) and is a dynamic and thriving environment with three additional laboratories developing both small- molecule and antibody-derived radiotracers: the groups of Dr. Robert Flavell (https://radiology.ucsf.edu/research/labs/flavell), Dr. Michael Evans (https://radiology.ucsf.edu/research/labs/evans#-), and Dr. VanBrocklin (https://radiology.ucsf.edu/people/henry-vanbrocklin). These four laboratories enjoy close and productive collaborations that enhance the experience of our fellows.

If interested please contact Dr. David M. Wilson via email.