Job Description

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Hiring Salary Range
$24.16 - $25.75 / Hour
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RX Contract
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Work Schedule:
8 hrs/day, Mon - Fri 8-4:30p, occasional overtime as needed

#111558 Staff Research Associate

Filing Deadline: Fri 9/17/2021

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The research focus of the lab involves developing and using novel microfluidics and imaging technologies to quantitatively track the dynamics of molecular processes in single living cells and construct computational models to describe and predict cellular behaviors using algae, yeast, bacterial, and mammalian cell systems.

Under supervision of the PI, the Staff Research Associate will support lab research by utilizing general molecular biology techniques including recombinant technology using nucleic acids isolation, purification, cloning, sequencing, and genome-scale gene expression, gene deletion, and gene insertions. Use microfluidics and make and design wafers. Use water-testing protocols to test levels of COD, phosphorous, nitrogen, and other levels in water. Analyze simple data and prepare graphics, tables, and reports for presentations and meetings. Assist with developing and modifying general laboratory testing protocols. Perform routine analysis and maintain records of test sample receipt, use, and distribution for research purposes.

Incumbent will also perform lab management duties, which include preparation of buffer solutions for research activities; ordering, receiving and distributing laboratory supplies to other researchers and students; cleaning and maintenance of equipment and supplies; and the maintenance of safety procedures. Retrieve samples from collaborators or suppliers for experimentation. Conduct general laboratory upkeep, including minor maintenance of equipment, cleaning, and waste disposal. Prepare documentation and maintain various spreadsheets of assigned tasks and progress. Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Theoretical understanding of cell and molecular biology; BS in molecular biology OR an equivalent combination of education and laboratory experience.

  • Experience with basic molecular biology techniques, such as recombinant technology using nucleic acids (DNA and RNA) isolation, purification, cloning, sequencing, and genome-scale gene expression, gene deletion, and gene insertions.

  • Knowledge with experimental bacterial fermentation processes in a lab focused on experimental development of high throughput cultivation of bacterial strains. Knowledge of MATLAB and VectorNTI computational software platforms.

  • Practical knowledge of basic laboratory skills and fermentation equipment and demonstrated skill performing batch and fed-batch fermentation.

  • Demonstrated ability to perform experiments including repetitive functions associated with fed-batch fermentation.

  • Knowledge of molecular biology in bacterial and eukaryotic systems

  • Understanding of principles/theory of fluorescence microscopy and application of this technique in addition to demonstrated skill with image acquisition/analysis, testing, and data collection.

  • Working knowledge of bio-process optimization protocol for bacterial models.

  • Knowledge of the proper operation and maintenance of lab equipment including incubators, centrifuges, pipettes, balances, pH meters, fluorescence microscopes, and blood filtration equipment.

  • Fine motor skills for preparing solutions and samples with the ability to calculate molarity and perform dilutions when necessary.

  • Ability to be organized and dependable. Maintain accurate laboratory records. Timeliness in all work activities. Proficiency at performing repetitive but highly specialized & accurate lab procedures.

  • Excellent written communication skills with demonstrated ability to effectively compose, and edit, reports, proposals, summaries, correspondences, letters and emails in a clear and concise manner.

  • Experience with laboratory cleanliness and maintenance including ordering supplies and chemicals.

  • Experience with computer software programs including MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint®, Labview, Matlab, Photoshop®, and other statistical programs.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to interact successfully with a wide variety of people within and outside UCSD.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of basic lab safety requirements and procedures.

  • Knowledge of EH&S regulations and methods for handling, cleanup and waste disposal for biohazardous materials.

  • Knowledge/understanding and experience with Safety Data Sheets, hazard communication and Injury and Illness Prevention Program. Familiarity with a Chemical Hygiene Plan addressing safety precautions including appropriate clothing and shoes, safe handling of chemicals, use of protective items. Willingness and ability to keep safety training current and consistent with research involvement.

  • Willingness and demonstrated ability to embrace and consistently uphold the principles of community for a collaborative work environment.


  • Overtime (evening or weekend) may be required based on needs.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

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