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#112556 Neurosciences Research Assistant

Filing Deadline: Thu 12/16/2021

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UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 10/25/2021 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 11/03/2021. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

Depending on the experience of the selected candidate, this position will be hired at the SRA 1 or SRA 2 NEX level.

This position will remain open until filled.


The Center for Neural Repair in the department of Neurosciences studies combinatorial treatments for neurodegenerative disorders and spinal cord injury.

Under supervision incumbent will provide surgical and veterinary support in a neurosciences research laboratory studying gene therapy in animal models of neurodegenerative disease. Primary responsibilities include rodent surgery, post-operative care, perfusion, and dissection, as well as maintaining transgenic mouse lines. Additional responsibilities include assisting with tissue sectioning, immunohistochemical staining, and microscopy. Applicant should maintain detailed records, perform rigorous data management, and collaborate effectively with a diverse laboratory staff.


  • Theoretical knowledge in biology or related field, as typically attained by a Bachelor’s degree and/or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Ability and knowledge in handling and performing survival surgery in rodents.

  • Ability and knowledge performing rodent perfusion and dissection.

  • Experience with transgenic mouse breeding and genotyping.

  • Experience with sectioning of rodent tissue on microtome and cryostat.

  • Knowledge and ability to perform routine histology and immunohistochemistry

  • Strong computer skills and experience with word processing, spreadsheets, and graphics software. Ability to learn new software for analysis of microscopic images.

  • Excellent verbal, written, and electronic communication skills and ability to keep accurate records, prepare study reports, and write detailed protocols

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate effectively with a diverse laboratory staff, politely resolve issues, and communicate clearly.


  • Solid scientific thinking skills and ability to independently troubleshoot assays, identify and correct problems, improve protocols, and train others.
  • Knowledge of basic lab safety requirements and procedures including EH&S regulations and methods for handling, clean-up, and waste disposal for biohazardous materials.
  • Experience performing stereotactic injection of rodent brain.
  • Experience performing intrathecal infusion in rodents.
  • Experience performing light, fluorescent, and confocal microscopy.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Must be willing and able to work with rats and mice in a research environment.
  • Must be willing to work on occasional evenings, weekends, and holidays.

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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