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As a federally-funded institution, UC San Diego Health maintains a marijuana and drug free campus. New employees are subject to drug screening.

#109354 Research Associate

Filing Deadline: Thu 9/30/2021

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit:

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 05/13/21 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 05/25/21. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

This position will remain open until a candidate has been successfully identified.


UCSD Department of Radiology is one of the most innovative and productive academic departments in the country, offering challenging career opportunities in the diverse areas of advanced educational programs, leading-edge research, and state-of-the-art services for clinical and translational studies. The department is committed to offering a dynamic learning environment and growing opportunities to its talented and dedicated employees.

Under supervision, incumbent will independently participate in an interventional oncology research lab examining the effects and mechanisms of action of minimally invasive thermal ablation in conjunction with a variety of immune modulators including viral nanoparticles, therapeutic antibodies, and chemical adjuvants on mouse models of primary liver cancer.


  • Theoretical knowledge of cell biology, molecular biology, cancer behavior and tissue culture or related field; or combination of education and experience.

  • Proven experience with techniques involved in small animal care including drug administration, colony management, weight checks and monitoring.

  • Thorough knowledge of sterile techniques for cell culture. General analytical chemistry skill (mixing chemicals and reagents, balancing equations, etc.)

  • Demonstrated experience in animal care, handling, and restraining skill and knowledge (dogs, pigs, rabbits, rats, mice, etc.).

  • Thorough knowledge of laboratory procedures and equipment, such as sterile techniques, preparation of buffers, centrifuges, balance pH meters and electrophoresis equipment.

  • Strong ability to keep detailed records including but not limited to, lab notebook, imaging logs, cell logs, animal health and surgical records.

  • Proficient computer skills. Experience with various software packages. Ability to collect, reduce and analyze data.

  • Experience in general laboratory maintenance and cleanliness.

  • Experience with library and internet literature searches, scientific reading of articles and manuscripts.

  • Exceptional organization skills and ability to work in a team. Must be capable in general laboratory management including to monitoring and adhering to compliance regulations.


  • Knowledge of anatomy and physiology.
  • Fundamental knowledge of immunology and immunological techniques, including flow cytometry.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Willing to work with research animals including assistance with minimally invasive procedures, imaging, and tissue collection.
  • Willing to work with anesthetics.
  • Work requires a flexible schedule, which may occasionally include weekends, late nights, and holidays as necessary to achieve research goals.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system in the San Diego region, providing leading-edge care in patient care, biomedical research, education, and community service. Our facilities include two university hospitals, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, and several outpatient clinics. UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest is a designated Level I Trauma Center and has the only Burn Center in the county. We invite you to join our dynamic team!

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