Research Associate II – Campisi lab

Science Novato, California



The Research Associate II (RAII) will develop an independent research project focusing on cellular senescence in human cell culture and mouse models with the help of Dr. Campisi. The RAII will also work closely with experienced and skilled PhD students and postdocs in the lab, providing support when needed and working as a collaborative member of the team. In addition, the RAII will serve as the lab manager for Dr. Campisi.

The Campisi lab studies the regulation and characteristics of cell states, with an emphasis on cellular senescence. We use simple and complex human and mouse cell cultures, intact human and mouse tissues, and mouse models to understand the molecular pathways that drive cellular senescence and other cell states. We also use genetic and pharmacological manipulations to understand how cell states cause both the degenerative diseases of aging as well as cancer and to design strategies to modulate or ameliorate their effects.

The RAII is an integral member of the Campisi lab. This is a great opportunity to develop professional laboratory skills while receiving occupational experience and supervised training.


  • Exciting, dynamic work environment at the forefront of science using state-of-the-art techniques
  • Competitive salary ($65,000 - $80,000) commensurate with experience
  • Benefits package including health insurance, paid parental leave, generous vacation/sick leave and 401(k) with 5% employer match
  • Collaborative environment – both for science and social activities
  • Work with the principal investigators to design, plan, and execute cell culture and rodent experiments.
  • Extract and prepare samples for gene expression and proteomic analysis.
  • Work as part of a collaborative team in executing and troubleshooting experiments.
  • Clean and maintain stocks of general laboratory reagents.
  • Maintain a careful record of laboratory experiments in notebooks.May teach specific techniques to Buck Institute employees. May provide technical services to other Buck Institute laboratories.
  • Help with administrative tasks for the lab.
  • Maintain and improve upon an efficient workspace for the lab.
  • Routine oral presentations.


Education & Experience

  • BS/BA, MS, or PhD in Biology or Biochemistry and 3+ years of experience working in a laboratory setting

Specialized Skills

  • Experienced with mammalian cell culture and routine molecular biological techniques
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Excel and GraphPad Prism
  • Willingness to handle laboratory mice and learn to collect tissues/biological fluids
  • Strong motivation to perform research
  • Excellent technical and problem-solving ability
  • Precise attention to detail and accuracy
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Additional training in areas key to the project will be provided as needed


Our success will ultimately change healthcare. At the Buck, we aim to end the threat of age-related diseases for this and future generations by bringing together the most capable and passionate scientists from a broad range of disciplines to identify and impede the ways in which we age. We are an independent, non-profit institution located in Marin County, CA, with the goal of increasing human healthspan, or the healthy years of life. Globally recognized as the pioneer and leader in efforts to target aging—the number one risk factor for diseases including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer, macular degeneration, heart disease, and diabetes—the Buck seeks to help people live better longer. We are an equal opportunity employer and strive to create an atmosphere where diversity of identity, experience, and background are welcomed, valued, and supported. Candidates who contribute to this diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.


Interested candidates should upload both a CV and a document that includes a brief statement of your interests plus the names/contact information for 3 references.