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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.

#110756 Lab Assistant II

Initial Review Date: Tue 11/9/2021

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 and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 08/02/21 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 08/11/21. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is growing in the diverse areas of professional educational programs, cutting-edge research, and pharmacy services. Research areas specific to this position posting are related to medication safety in the ambulatory care setting, practice-based research, collaborative practice, and a pharmacogenomics education program. The school is committed to offering a dynamic learning environment and growing opportunities to its talented and dedicated employees.

Under supervision the Lab Assistant will assist with and carry out various experimental and data analysis tasks pertaining to mass spectrometry analysis. Incumbent will follow safety protocols for a chemistry laboratory. In addition, incumbent will perform laboratory maintenance duties, including aqueous solutions, solvent and reagent preparation/purification, sample preparation, disposal of hazardous waste and instrument maintenance. Will be expected to interact easily with faculty, postdoctoral scholars, students and technicians in a laboratory.


  • Graduation from high school or a GED and two (2) years of laboratory experience or three (3) years of college courses including courses in the natural, physical or social sciences, one (1) year of laboratory experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience; and have the ability to successfully performance of the duties assigned to the position.

  • Proven ability to perform technical laboratory research in chemistry (e.g., carry out multistep synthetic experiments). Proficiency in NMR structural elucidation. Proficiency in purification and isolation of compounds.

  • Strong computer literacy, including experience in using ChemDraw, Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.

  • Ability to follow basic research protocols and follow instructions. Attention to protocol and details.

  • Knowledge and understanding of laboratory safety and ability to work carefully with potentially harmful agents.

  • Excellent interpersonal, as well as written and verbal communication skills to interact with a variety of personalities and a diverse group of people.

  • Have a strong interest in data analysis.


  • Understanding of UC ordering procedures.
  • College degree in chemistry and industrial experience.
  • College-level course work in chemistry.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Must be able to work evenings and/or weekends, if necessary.
  • Must be willing to work with hazardous 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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