Research Associate

San Francisco, California, US
Jul 10, 2019
Science/R&D, Research
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Associate Degree
Position Type
Full time

The Gladstone Institutes is an independent, not-for-profit research institution. Its mission is to improve the health and well-being of all people through medical research and education in neuroscience, cardiovascular biology, immunology, and stem cell biology. Home to notable leaders in science and biomedicine, Gladstone comprises four institutes as well as various centers and programs. All of its approximately 500 members are aligned in their mission to carry out or support science that overcomes disease. Located in an award-winning building at the Mission Bay Campus, Gladstone offers a competitive salary and benefits program. It provides an ideal environment for those seeking to maximize and fully leverage their potential. Please consider Gladstone and make a difference in human health.


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

Must have:

Ability to work effectively in small groups and excellent computer skills
Experience in using epifluorecence and/or confocal microscopes
Interest in developing software to control microscopes, analyze and interpret data
Interest in engineering and customization of microscopes


· Experience with robotics and automation

· Experience with Python and Java programming languages

· Physics, Biology, Engineering or similar background

· Experiece 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 microscopy 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 neurons 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: Associate's degree. in biological sciences, engineering, math, physics, bioengineering, computer science or related field

BS degree preferred.

Skills/Experience required:

· Experience deriving quantitative data from images using automated analysis techniques

· Experience with Python Programming

· Familiarity or experience with optogenetics

· Ability to troubleshoot and use creativity to solve cutting edge problems

· Highly organized

· Independent, creative, and self-motivated

· Familiarity and interest in neurodegenerative diseases

· Familiarity and interest in artificial intelligence and deep learning