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Research Specialist II - Smale Lab


Job Description

Primary Work Address: 405 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90095-1662

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We are currently looking for an eager, self-motivated Research Specialist to work full-time in the lab of Dr. Stephen Smale on-site at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The Smale lab focuses on gene regulation during inflammatory and innate immune responses and during lymphocyte development and leukemogenesis. More information about Dr. Smale and the lab’s research can be found by visiting https://profiles.ucla.edu/stephen.smale    

What we provide:

  • A competitive compensation package, with comprehensive health and welfare benefits.
  • One on one mentorship relationship with the principal investigator.
  • Flexible Schedule

What you’ll do:

  • Lead a research project focused on gene regulation during inflammatory and innate immune responses or during lymphocyte development and leukemogenesis.
  • Perform various specialized experimental procedures in support of research projects.
  • Learn and perform basic bioinformatic analyses methods with genomics data.
  • Conduct literature reviews to be used in determining most suitable research methods.
  • Review available technology and assist in bringing appropriate new technology into the laboratory. 
  • Present research findings at scientific meetings.
  • Prepare manuscripts for publication.
  • Train others in specialized research protocols and complex processes.

What you bring:


  • PhD degree in biological or physical sciences. A degree in either molecular biology, immunology, biochemistry, or a closely related field is preferred.


  • Postdoctoral training followed by at least one year of experience as a Research Specialist I or equivalent (Five years of related work experience).

Skills and Abilities

  • Technical proficiency, scientific creativity, collaborative ability as well as independent thought.
  • In-depth knowledge of multiple areas and of the underlying principles and concepts. 
  • Ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a diverse population.
  • Ability to monitor performance of self and others and identify areas where additional training can further research goals.
  • Ability to supervise technicians and undergraduate student researchers.
  • Ability to write and prepare reports or manuscripts for presentation to large audiences.   

Physical Requirements

Remaining in a normal seated or standing position for extended periods of time; reaching and grasping by extending hand(s) or arm(s); dexterity to manipulate objects with fingers, for example using a keyboard; communication skills using the spoken word; ability to see and hear within normal parameters; ability to move about workspace. The position requires mobility, including the ability to move materials weighing up to several pounds (such as a laptop computer or tablet). Work may involve possible exposure to malodorous vapors, low dose radiation, contamination by toxic chemicals and acids and presence of carcinogenic substances or other hazardous materials.

Persons with disabilities may be able to perform the essential duties of this position with reasonable accommodation. Requests for reasonable accommodation will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Please Note:

This job description sets forth the job’s principal duties, responsibilities, and requirements; it should not be construed as an exhaustive statement, however.  Unless they begin with the word “may,” the Essential Duties and Responsibilities described above are “essential functions” of the job, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Compensation and Benefits

Our employees are compensated from a total rewards perspective in many ways for their contributions to our mission, including competitive pay, exceptional health benefits, retirement plans, time off, and a range of recognition and wellness programs. Visit our Benefits at HHMI site to learn more. 

Compensation Range

$77,740.00 (minimum) - $97,200.00 (midpoint) - $126,385.00 (maximum)

Pay Type:


HHMI’s salary structure is developed based on relevant job market data. HHMI considers a candidate's education, previous experiences, knowledge, skills and abilities, as well as internal equity when making job offers. Typically, a new hire for this position in this location is compensated between the minimum and the midpoint of the salary range.

HHMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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