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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.

#110408 Research Associate II

Extended Review Date: 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 07/09/21 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 07/20/21. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


UCSD Department of Psychiatry 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, cutting-edge research, and state-of-the-art clinical services. The department is committed to offering a dynamic learning environment and growing opportunities to its talented and dedicated employees.

Under supervision of the Principal Investigator (PI) and senior laboratory members, the Research Associate will independently work on human genetic research projects aimed at identification of genes responsible for psychiatric disorders such as autism and schizophrenia. The incumbent will independently perform routine molecular biology techniques such as, but not limited to: PCR, DNA/RNA isolation, quantitative PCR, protein isolation, western blot techniques and genotyping. Other duties include mouse handling, tissue culture and CRISPR genome editing. Incumbent will assist with general laboratory maintenance including maintenance of tissue and DNA samples. Must work both independently and as part of a team, establishing and maintaining good working relationships with PI, post-doctoral fellows, and other members of the research group.


  • Theoretical knowledge of Biological Science, Biochemistry or Molecular Biology as typically attained by a Bachelor’s degree and/or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Thorough knowledge of Molecular Biology techniques. Proven knowledge of experimental work or general laboratory experience.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of basic genetics and animal breeding.

  • Experience in performing standard and routine molecular biology techniques such as, but not limited to: PCR, DNA/RNA isolation, quantitative PCR, protein isolation, western blot techniques and genotyping.

  • General experience operating and maintaining a variety of laboratory equipment and tools, including but not limited to PCR & RT-PCR machines, luminometers, incubators, centrifuges, autoclaves, spectrophotometers, and other molecular biology equipment and tools.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills to be effective in communicating and interacting with a diverse group of people within a research setting.

  • Ability to maintain accurate experimental records that allow subsequent replication, validation, or troubleshooting.

  • Theoretical understanding of basic statistical tests.

  • Excellent time management and strong demonstrated organizational and multi-tasking skills. Ability to establish priorities, meet multiple and frequently changing deadlines with flexibility. Detail oriented.

  • Experience with database and reporting tools such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Illustrator, Photoshop, Adobe, NCBI, UCSC Genome Browser.

  • Proven ability to handle, process, and store tissue, DNA, and other experimental samples; preparation of laboratory reagents and chemicals.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Must be able to work on evenings and weekends if procedures require it.
  • Willingness and ability to work with animals, mice as laboratory model system.
  • Ability to work carefully with potentially harmful agents and biohazardous materials.

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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