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La Jolla
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Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday - Friday

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

#110599 Staff Research Assistant

Filing Deadline: Mon 10/11/2021

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Under the supervision of PI, position will assist in mitochondrial research projects aimed at identifying mitochondrial dyfunction and neuroprotection in glaucoma. Assist in the maintenance of the animal colony, including husbandry and breeding. Performs tissue culture experiments, PCR, genotyping, immunoblotting, and immunofluorescence microscopy. Also responsible for preparing buffers, solutions, and routine lab chemicals, and is responsible for laboratory administrative duties that include maintaining a research database and ordering/receiving supplies.


  • Theoretical knowledge such as typically acquired by a Bachelors Degree in a life science.

  • Extensive experiences in animal care and handling such as small rodent surgery and breeding

  • General laboratory experience. Knowledge of lab laboratory procedures and equipment, such as sterile techniques.

  • Demonstrated computer skills including word processing, data entry, photoshop and email capabilities.

  • Ability and willingness to work with small rodents. Skilled at proper handling of small animals.

  • Familiarity with standard immunological techniques such as immunohistochemistry, immunocytochemistry and immunofluoresence.

  • Knowledge of small rodent breeding colony procedures.

  • Knowledge of cell culture and ability to work using sterile technique.

  • Clear and effective communication skills, including telephone, in person and writing.

  • Good interpersonal skills with ability to interact with diverse groups of staff, research subjects, and investigators.

  • Knowledge of DNA extraction, genotyping, PCR and Western blot.


  • Awareness of laboratory animal protocols.


  • 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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