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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.

#109842 Staff Research Associate

Extended Deadline: Mon 9/27/2021

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:

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

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 06/18/21 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 06/29/21. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

This position will be hired at the Staff Research Associate 1 or Staff Research Associate 2 level depending on the experience of the selected candidate.

Please Note: Minor changes have been made to the description and qualifications as of 9/19/21.


Under the supervision of the PI, incumbent will perform specialized experimental techniques in Molecular Biology, Cell Culture, and a variety of other general laboratory experiments. Duties will include handling and processing of laboratory specimens, using techniques including microsatellite assays, electrophoresis, Western blotting, DNA and RNA extraction, immunohistochemistry, and transfection experiments, including those involved in cell culture, clonogenic assays, kinase assays and expression of green fluorescent protein constructs. Position is also responsible for data entry and analysis, and general lab duties as assigned.

Install, operate and maintain laboratory and field instruments and specialized equipment including fluorescent microscopes, DNA analyzers, -80C freezers, etc. Complete and maintain data properly, including lab notebooks, cell lines, and bacterial strains and animal records. Perform data calculations and analysis from experimental results and use appropriate computer software. Order laboratory supplies and handle biohazardous materials. Inventory and dispose of biohazardous wastes.


  • Theoretical knowledge of a life science such as typically acquired by a Bachelor’s Degree in molecular biology, biochemistry, or related field.

  • Experience and ability to perform standard repetitive techniques including: microsatellite assays, electrophoresis, Western blotting, DNA and RNA extraction, immunohistochemistry, transfection experiments, including those involved in cell culture, clonogenic assays, kinase assays and expression of green fluorescent protein constructs.

  • Proven ability to read, interpret and apply protocols in conducting research. Ability in following step wise experimental protocols. Skill to troubleshoot adaptations of experimental protocols.

  • Demonstrated skill in the operation and maintenance of various lab equipment such as DNA and protein apparati.

  • Knowledge to read and use Material Safety Data Sheet's. Knowledge of UCSD Environmental Health and Safety requirements and the ability to write with correct syntax and grammar and to clearly communicate ideas and protocols in writing to EH&S. Experienced in working and maintaining a sterile environment.

  • Strong communication skills (verbal and written) needed to interact professionally and effectively in the work environment, as well as effectively and accurately document research procedures. Ability to read, comprehend and discuss research materials. Ability to assist in the writing of papers for publication, research proposals.

  • Proficient experience with the operation of a personal computer and software application, such as Access, MS Word and Excel. Knowledge to work with and learn new software for analysis.

  • Effective and diplomatic oral and written communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to work with a variety of personnel from different laboratories and instruct in optimal procedures for assays.

  • Knowledge sufficient to coordinate studies with other departments and the lab. Skill to plan and organize work assignments in an efficient and productive manner.

  • Manual dexterity and legible handwriting. Ability assist with general lab maintenance, including cleaning and restocking supplies and manage a regular schedule in the lab.

  • Knowledge of biosafety techniques and practices. Experience to work with chemical and biological hazards and to recognize safety problems.

  • Demonstrated ability to follow established Safety and Biohazardous Material Guidelines.

  • Willingness and ability to work with rodents and/or other lab animals and/or infected samples, if required.


  • Demonstrated experience in Dermatologic research.

  • Demonstrated experience with DNA extraction from skin swabs.

  • Skill to work with animals, as well as animal and human tissues; tissue trimming and histology analysis, and knowledge in necropsy.

  • Knowledge to care for and handle small lab animals (mice, rats, guinea pigs, and rabbits) and to administer medications and anesthesia to perform phlebotomy and minor surgical procedures on animals, euthanize small laboratory animals.

  • Familiarity with the writing of Animal Subjects protocols and with the surgical microscope and surgical procedures.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

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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