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#112322 Molecular Biologist Research Associate

Initial Review Date: Thu 11/18/2021

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The UCSD Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences is composed of 65 faculty 14 clinical fellows, 4 Assistant Project Scientists/Postdoctoral Fellows. The department is composed of 7 divisions: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Gynecologic Oncology, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Hospitalist, Family Planning and Urogynecologic and Reconstructive Surgery. The department is currently ranked 5th in the nation in NIH funding among ObGyn departments.

This project is focused on identifying biomarkers of pregnancy complications using genomic methods.

Under the close supervision of the PI, the incumbent will primarily be performing basic molecular biology techniques. Perform nucleic acid purification, quantitative real-time PCR, Western blotting, next-generation sequencing library preparation, confocal microscopy, and immunofluorescence analysis. The incumbent will independently be performing basic bioinformatic data analysis. The incumbent will also perform sample processing and management from animal and human subjects including biorepository samples, and/or cell culture experiments. Participate in animal studies including euthanasia and dissecting tissue for analysis. Also responsible for installing, operating and maintaining relevant laboratory equipment.

This position will be open until filled


  • Theoretical knowledge in a life science such as is typically acquired by a Bachelors Degree in a field related to molecular, cellular, and developmental biology and/or appropriate work experience.

  • Ability and willingness to handle and work with human tissues, animal tissues, and other bio-hazardous, toxic, and carcinogenicmaterials, and to recognize safety problems.

  • Knowledge of radiation safety and bio-safety techniques and practices.

  • Demonstrated ability to follow established Safety and Bio-hazardous Material Guidelines.

  • Proven skill in the operation and maintenance of various lab equipment such as centrifuges, spectrophotometers, balances, pH meters, autoclaves and electrophoresis equipment.

  • Demonstrated experience with DNA and RNA isolation, RTPCR and qPCR.

  • Proficient with the operation of PC's and associated software, including MS Access, Word, Excel, etc. Ability to work with and learn new software for data-analysis.

  • Knowledge of and ability to adhere to established UCSD guidelines for safety and environmental issues.

  • Superb oral and written communication skills.


  • Experience in keeping accurate and well-organized lab records, lab notebook and computer data files.
  • Prior experience and demonstrated organizational skills in the order/maintenance of lab equipment and supplies.
  • Knowledge in sterile technique and bio-specimen repository management.
  • Experience in library preparation for Next Generation Sequencing.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Willingness to work with human and animal cells including animal handling.
  • Must be available for working according to variable schedules including occasional weekends.
  • Must be willing to work occasional extended shifts and/or flexible hours.
  • Must have valid California driver's license and acceptable driving record and/or reliable transportation.
  • Must be willing to travel off-site.

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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