Company:  Confidential

Job Title: Research Associate – Zebrafish Genetic Manipulation

Job Number: 73036

Location: San Francisco, US

Job Description

The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub San Francisco (CZ Biohub SF) ( is an independent nonprofit research institute that brings together three powerhouse universities – Stanford, UC Berkeley, and UC San Francisco – into a single collaborative technology and discovery engine. CZ Biohub SF itself supports some of the brightest, boldest engineers, data scientists, and biomedical researchers to investigate the fundamental mechanisms underlying disease and develop new technologies that will lead to actionable diagnostics and effective therapies. We are guided by our values of scholarly excellence; disruptive innovation; hands-on engineering/hacking/building; partnership and collaboration; open communication and respect; inclusiveness; and opportunity for all.

Our Vision

We pursue large scientific challenges that cannot be pursued in conventional environments
We enable individual investigators to pursue their riskiest and most innovative ideas
The technologies developed at CZ Biohub San Francisco facilitate research by scientists and clinicians at our home institutions and beyond
Diversity of thought, ideas, and perspectives are at the heart of CZ Biohub Network and enable disruptive innovation and scholarly excellence. We are committed to cultivating an inclusive organization where all colleagues feel inspired and know their work makes an important contribution.

The Opportunity

The Jacobo, Balla, and Royer groups are building an interdisciplinary team of researchers with experience in biology, physics, computer science, and microscopy, to study groundbreaking scientific questions using zebrafish as a model system. As part of this effort, we are looking for an energetic, curious, and team-oriented Research Associate to join our Zebrafish Genetic Manipulation Unit. The candidate will expand the unit’s efforts to develop a versatile toolbox of genetically modified zebrafish. The tools we develop will enable our team to study immune responses and cell state dynamics at the organ and whole-organism level.

What You’ll Do

Under the mentorship and supervision of senior researchers, plan and execute hands-on laboratory procedures to generate transgenic zebrafish, develop more efficient approaches for genetic modification, and deploy new molecular tools in diverse experimental contexts

Rapidly learn and apply molecular biology lab techniques and zebrafish husbandry in an active research environment with access to state-of-the-art resources

Troubleshoot protocols, maintain detailed records, analyze results, and contribute ideas to research projects

What You’ll Bring

Essential –

Bachelor’s degree in a life science

1 year molecular biology lab experience (such as one or more of the following: cloning, PCR, in vitro transcription, handling of DNA and RNA)

Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail

Must be a dedicated team player who can also work independently

Strong verbal and written communication skills

Nice to have – 

Master’s degree in a life science

3 years experience in molecular lab techniques

Experience working with zebrafish

The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Network requires all employees, contractors, and interns, regardless of work location or type of role, to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, including a booster vaccine dose, if eligible, by their start date. Those who are unable to get vaccinated or obtain a booster dose because of a disability, or who choose not to be vaccinated due to a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance must have an approved exception prior to their start date.


Research Associate I = $52,000 – $77,000
Research Associate II = $67,000 – $99,000

New hires are typically hired into the lower portion of the range, enabling employee growth in the range over time. To determine starting pay, we consider multiple job-related factors including a candidate’s skills, education and experience, market demand, business needs, and internal parity. We may also adjust this range in the future based on market data. Your recruiter can share more about the specific pay range during the hiring process.

What We Provide

Resources to disrupt and innovate at the frontiers of our knowledge of biology and disease
A collegial and collaborative environment consisting of diverse expertise
Existing collaborations within CZ Biohub: Technology Platforms (Bioengineering, Computational Microscopy, Data Science, Genomics & Mass Spectrometry), Infectious Disease, and Quantitative Cell Science

Access to collaborators, resources and facilities at our three partner universities (Stanford, UC Berkeley, and UC San Francisco) and at partner organizations in the Bay Area and beyond
Competitive compensation and benefits commensurate with the experience

We offer a robust benefits program that enables the important work Biohubbers do everyday. Our benefits include healthcare coverage, life and disability insurance, commuter subsidies, family planning services with fertility care, childcare stipend, 401(k) match, flexible time off and a generous parental leave policy. In addition, we honor our commitment to career development and our value of scholarly excellence through regular onsite opportunities to learn from the world’s leading scientists.

The CZ Biohub Network is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity of thought, ideas and perspectives. We are committed to cultivating an inclusive organization where all Biohubbers feel inspired and know their work makes an important contribution. Therefore, we provide employment opportunities without regard to age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.

Pursuant to the California Fair Chance Act, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Headhunters and recruitment agencies may not submit resumes/CVs through this website or directly to managers. The CZ Biohub Network does not accept unsolicited headhunter and agency resumes. The CZ Biohub Network will not pay fees to any third-party agency or company that does not have a signed agreement with the CZ Biohub Network.

Application Deadline: 2024-03-16


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