Job Description

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Torrey Pines Center North
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RX Contract
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Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday-Friday

As a federally-funded institution, UC San Diego Health maintains a marijuana and drug free campus. New employees are subject to drug screening.

#112671 Staff Research Associate

Filing Deadline: Tue 12/7/2021

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 11/3/2021 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 11/15/2021. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The Skaggs School of Pharmacy, UCSD, is a consortium of laboratories focused on discovering and developing therapeutics for a variety of diseases, such as neglected tropical diseases, inflammatory diseases and cancer. The Handel lab is building a highly qualified interdisciplinary team to utilize structural biology and pharmacology to aid in the development of new drugs targeting chemokine receptors for inflammation and cancer.

Under supervision, the position will assist with molecular biological and biochemical techniques to express and purify recombinant proteins. The position will also be responsible for placing orders, keeping records of chemical inventories, equipment maintenance and repair and lab safety compliance. Will also be responsible for the maintenance and general upkeep of the lab, and help with training and mentoring of undergraduate students in the lab.


  • Theoretical knowledge of biology, chemistry, or biochemistry, or equivalent previous laboratory experience.

  • Mathematical skills to perform routine laboratory calculation, i.e. Molarity etc.

  • Knowledge of or skill in preparation of media buffers.

  • Basic knowledge of SDS-PAGE electrophoresis, Western blots, agarose gels and other biochemical techniques

  • Basic knowledge of molecular biology, protein biochemistry and structural biology techniques.

  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills including tact, diplomacy and ability to interact effectively with other lab members.

  • Good organizational skills with the ability to keep accurate records.

  • Basic understanding of experimental and laboratory techniques including knowledge of and adherence to laboratory safety policies and procedures.


  • Experience with UCSD ordering systems (Marketplace).
  • Experience with UCSD Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S).
  • Experience with repairing minor issues with lab equipment.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Must be willing to work with hazardous materials.
  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.

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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