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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.

#111057 Staff Research Associate

Filing Deadline: Fri 9/17/2021

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:

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 8/16/21 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 8/26/21. 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 area specific to this position posting are related to pharmaceutical, biomedical, and basic life science research. The school is committed to offering a dynamic learning environment and growing opportunities to its talented and dedicated employees.

Under supervision, the Staff Research Associate will provide support for current scientific research projects in the lab. Assist with molecular biology and biochemistry techniques, including gel electrophoresis, DNA cloning, transformation of bacteria, plasmid sequence verifications, plasmid purification, DNA band purification from agarose gel, PCR, and recombinant protein expression and purification with FPLC. Assist with sample preparation for structural studies. Assist with bacteria and yeast cell culture, freezing and thawing cells, transfection of cells with plasmid DNA or siRNA. Responsible for general laboratory and equipment maintenance, such as keeping accurate records of antibodies, DNA vectors, bacterial stocks and general chemical stocks, and the maintenance of a safe and clean workplace. Responsible for calling in service requests for equipment repair. Responsible for area safety coordination. The incumbent ensures compliance with lab, department, university, state, and federal safety-related mandates and guidelines.


  • Theoretical knowledge in the area of biochemistry, molecular biology or related field.

  • Ability to work with basic molecular biology techniques such as cloning, protein/DNA purification, PCR, Agarose, SDS-PAGE and PAGE-Urea electrophoresis, and GST-pull down. Demonstrated ability to research and implement strategies for coordinating projects on a daily basis.

  • Ability to perform routine cell culture work such as maintaining cell lines, harvesting cells for assays, treating cells, counting cells, and preparing cells for long term storage. Ability to handle cell line and plasmid requests from other laboratories and follow proper shipment procedures for requested plasmids and cell lines (in compliance with the Codes of Federation for Transportation and IATA).

  • Excellent communication skills. Ability to interact with varied personalities at all levels of the organization, exercising good judgment, diplomacy, and flexibility to promote positive working relationships with colleagues and the community.

  • Experience in using computers for basic word processing, figure preparation (such as PowerPoint or Adobe illustrator), data entry (such as Excel), database searching (such as PubMed), and/or basic database analysis (such as BLAST). Ability to work with and learn new software for analysis. Willing to learn web-based tools, maintain websites.

  • Skills, knowledge, and experience to undertake research with minimal supervision. Must have enthusiasm and ability for learning and genuine interest in scientific research.

  • Demonstrated skill in accurate record keeping and ability to organize, analyze and calculate data. Strong organizational skills needed in order to maintain laboratory supplies and equipment, monitor laboratory safety requirements, set up and maintain records of bacterial and chemical stock.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to foster good working relationships with a diverse group of people, using tact, diplomacy and flexibility to get the job done.

  • Knowledge of UC San Diego Environmental Health and Safety requirements and the ability to adhere to established UC San Diego guidelines for safety and environmental issues.


  • Knowledge of proper UC San Diego purchasing procedures and familiarity with the UC San Diego IFIS purchasing system for ordering general lab supplies, special items, and equipment repairs.

  • Demonstrated skill and experience in assistance of writing, editing and proofreading material for grants, reports, and peer-reviewed scholarly publications.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

  • Must be willing to work with hazardous materials.

  • Must be available to work evenings and weekends if necessary.

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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UC San Diego Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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