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Careers with Us

The Ott lab fosters all kinds of career paths and empowers members to impact health, science and society in different ways. Our alumni have become professors, industry leaders, patent lawyers, entrepreneurs, and doctors. Our members embrace diversity and community involvement by teaching at local schools, mentoring young scientists, and speaking to lay audiences. We always welcome applications from anyone with a passion for science and a desire to work in a vibrant environment with deep ties to the community.

Opportunities at Gladstone Institutes

Multiple projects available! Email us to discuss opportunities.

Please apply through one of the UCSF graduate programs.



Lab Members in the Spotlight

Takako Tabata

In early 2020, when the Ott Lab pivoted to the COVID-19 pandemic, Takako took charge of implementing the SARS-CoV-2 infectious clone workflow and generating infectious virus for our team’s research. Doing so with a newly emerging virus was a challenge, and it took time, effort and perseverance. Takako’s hard work allowed all of us at The Ott Lab to join the global research effort to understand and combat this new, highly infectious virus.

Camille Simoneau

In addition to her research on Sars-CoV-2, Camille organized a Town Hall at UCSF to discuss gender and sexual harassment in academia. Using the National Academies’ recommendations, the discussion focused on how to to implement changes at UCSF.

Ott Lab in the Community

For more than 20 years, Melanie Ott, MD, PhD, Director of Gladstone Institute of Virology, Senior Vice President of Gladstone Institutes and Professor of Medicine at UC San Francisco, has been a leader on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives including the programs below.


PUMAS (Promoting Underrepresented Minorities Advancing in the Sciences) aims to provide historically underrepresented community college students with lab experience before they transfer to a 4-year institution to pursue a bachelor’s degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM).

The PUMAS program was established in 2014 by Melanie Ott and Kathryn Ivey, PhD, former director of Gladstone’s Stem Cell Core facility. It is funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health through a grant that supports educational activities that enhance diversity in biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research.



Embark, Gladstone’s Presidential Postdoctoral Program, aims to increase the representation of underrepresented minoritized groups within the sciences and at Gladstone. This program was launched in 2020 as part of our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. People are the most important part of our organization and are at the center of everything we do. At the Ott Lab and Gladstone Institutes, we know it takes a diverse group of empowered individuals to effectively use science to overcome disease.



PROPEL is a 1-2 year paid post-baccalaureate research opportunity serving 10-15 incoming post-bac researchers from groups underrepresented in science. The program offers incentives for faculty, hiring managers, career and professional development training, networking opportunities, and laboratory mentorship. Trainees earn a salary and benefits, some supported by NIH supplements (in combination with additional incentives). Initiated by colleagues at UCSF, the Ott Lab is an avid supporter of the program.