Research Associate I

San Francisco, California
Aug 31, 2018
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

The Gladstone Institutes is an independent, not-for-profit research institution affiliated with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), contributing to the health and well-being of all people through medical research, education, and outreach in the areas of heart disease, HIV/AIDS, and neurological disease. Gladstone is composed of three separate institutes and approximately 400 employees. Our employees receive exceptional benefits. We are located in an award-winning building adjacent to UCSF's Mission Bay Campus. Gladstone has consistently ranked as one of the top places to work in academia in the United States.

We are looking for an Research Associate, entry-level microscopist/engineer to join our group. The candidate will be a critical member of a team of biologists to maintain and develop our cutting edge automated microscopy platform. The ideal candidate would be someone who is interested in engineering, biology, high-throughput systems, and have the following expertise:

Must have:

  • Ability to work effectively in small groups, excellent computer skills
  • Experience in using epifluorecence and/or confocal microscopes
  • Interest in developing software to analyze and create automated pipelines for complex microscopy data
  • Interest in engineering and getting involved with customization of microscopes
  • Flexibility with time with and availability on some nights and weekends


  • Experience with robotics and automation
  • One or more of the following programming languages: Python, Java, R
  • Physics, Biology, Engineering or similar background
  • Experience with Tensorflow, Keras, Tortch, or related deep learning frameworks

About our group:

The lab consists of BS, MS, and PhD level neuroscientists studying neurodegenerative diseases. We use different cellular and vertebrate animal model systems, combined with cutting edge micrscopy technology to answer basic biology questions and discover new drugs for terrible diseases. At the core of our research is a novel microscopy system that we have invented to collect images and time-lapse movies of fluorescently-labeled neurons in a high throughput format. We use our microscopy system to extract various types of information about how patient stem cell derived neurons grow and respond to candidate drugs. We have collaboration with many industry and academic groups, publish our work in high profile scientific journals, and present our work at international conferences.

Education Required:

  • Minimum: B.S. in biological sciences, engineering, bioengineering, computer science or related field

Skills/Experience required:

  • Experience in deriving quantitative data from images using automated analysis techniques
  • Experience with Python programming
  • Ability to troubleshoot and use creativity to solve cutting edge problems
  • Highly organized
  • Independent, creative, and self-motivated
  • Familiarity and interest in neurosegenerative diseases
  • Familitiarity and interest in artificial intellegence and deep learning