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Shiley Eye Institute
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RX Contract
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Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday-Friday

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#112658 Research Associate

Filing Deadline: Fri 12/10/2021

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 10/28/21 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

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

This position is 50-100%. Depending on the needs of the department and availability of the candidate the position may be offered 50-100% (20-40 hours per week).


Under supervision, assisting with performing genetic research project aimed at identifying causative factors/biomarkers involved in ophthalmic diseases. Incumbent will participate in recruiting patients for clinical studies, explaining the contents of consent forms, tissue processing and maintenance of data base with records of patients and samples.

In addition, perform techniques including, but not limited to experiments involving Polymease Chain Reaction (PCR), DNA and RNA extractions, transforming cell lines, processing tissue and blood samples, genotyping, mutation screening and protein analysis. Responsible for maintenance of tissue, DNA, and other samples. Other duties include maintaining research database, assisting with general laboratory maintenance, provide training to students and lab personnel, ordering supplies, disposal of biohazardous, miscellaneous laboratory waste, record keeping, maintaining accounts and preparing/renewing IRB applications.


  • Theoretical knowledge of a life science as is typically acquired by a Bachelor's Degree in a field related to the research being conducted such as biology, genetics, molecular biology or biochemistry; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Proven experience in general laboratory techniques and molecular techniques; biochemistry, molecular biology, basic genetics.

  • Thorough knowledge and experience with basic and general techniques in molecular biology.

  • Ability to prepare solutions at proper concentrations, operate analytical balances and perform accurate calculations.

  • Strong ability to communicate clearly and interact with patients.

  • Strong ability to read and interpret protocols and policies.

  • Demonstrated experience in operating various lab instruments including balance and autoclave.

  • Proven experience with measuring, weighing, and mixing chemicals.

  • Proficient experience with personal computers. Ability to use database and spreadsheet.


  • Experience with calibration and maintenance of test equipment used in fluid/tissue analysis.
  • Familiarity with recruiting, screening, tracking and retaining subjects for research studies.
  • Phlebotomy certification and/or willingness to obtain one.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.
  • Must be willing to work with patients, process patients’ blood and tissue samples and work in patient and animal-related research environment.

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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