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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.

#110470 Staff Research Associate

Initial Review Date: Wed 10/20/2021

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UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 7/19/21 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 7/28/21. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


Under supervision of the PI, the incumbent will assist with as well as conduct experiments and perform techniques such as PCR, gel electrophoresis, cloning, RT-PCR, bacterial cell culture, extraction of both viral and bacterial DNA/RNA from human samples using sterile technique, and preparing samples for high-throughput DNA sequencing. Perform lab maintenance, order and maintain supplies and equipment. Prepare buffers and solutions as needed. Data processing and presentation and statistical analysis as needed.


  • Theoretical knowledge in molecular biology techniques and genetics or related field preferably as typically attained by a Bachelor’s degree and/or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Demonstrated experience in gel electrophoresis and transfers, various gel and membrane stains, western blots, and densitometry.

  • Willingness to operate large equipment for clinical microbiology.

  • Demonstrated excellent communication and interpersonal skills over a wide range of situations and individuals needed to interact professionally and effectively in the work environment in person, on the phone, and in writing to a diverse population; including persons from foreign countries, the business community, academicians, students and staff with a high degree of diplomacy, mature judgment, tact, and flexibility.

  • Demonstrated experience with the operation of a personal computer and software applications, such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access), Photoshop, Acrobat.

  • Demonstrated organizational skills to order and maintain lab reagents and supplies and keep accurate lab records and computer files. Experience in ordering, maintaining, troubleshooting, and calibrating general laboratory equipment (e.g. centrifuges, incubators, microscopes, water baths, et.c).

  • Knowledge of proper formats, grammar, and spelling in English and proofreading ability sufficient to compose, edit, and publish professional correspondence as well as effectively and accurately document research procedures. Ability to read, comprehend, discuss, and present research materials.

  • Demonstrated experience making decisions, analyzing situations, problem solving, and initiating action for laboratory maintenance.

  • Willingness to learn new theory, techniques, and tasks and share knowledge.

  • Demonstrated experience making independent decisions, analyzing situations, problem solving, and initiating action for laboratory maintenance. Proven ability to work independently


  • College coursework or two or more years of recent, directly related work experience

  • Knowledge of bio, chemical, and radiation safety techniques and practices. Demonstrated ability to follow established Safety and Biohazardous Material Guidelines and implement measures to ensure compliance and maintain associated records.

  • Experience with UCSD ordering, EH&S, and facilities policies and business systems.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

  • Must be able to work nights and weekends on occasion, with biological and chemical hazards, and with human/animal tissues. Must also be able to work in 2 separate locations approximately 5 miles apart.

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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