Job Description

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Hiring Salary Range
$50,000 - $54,000 /year
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RX Contract
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8 hrs/day

#112709 Staff Research Associate

Filing Deadline: Fri 12/31/2021

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 11/01/21 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 12/31/21. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

This is a 100% career position for one year.


The Congenital Anomaly Research Laboratory is seeking a Staff Research Associate to join our team studying the etiology of congenital heart defects using the chick animal model. The research associate will assist the Principal Investigator (PI) in conducting scientific research using the chick animal model. Chick embryo experiments will include standard developmental biology techniques as well as mechanical manipulations, including but not limited to dissection, imaging and immunohistochemistry.

In addition, the incumbent will maintain and grow viral vectors. Furthermore, the incumbent will help manage the lab and be responsible for ordering/quoting equipment, organizing equipment/supplies, equipment maintenance, making solutions, writing standard operating procedures, biohazardous/chemical waste management/disposal, and assisting with writing/publishing manuscripts. Chick embryo work will also include transfection of plasmid DNA, and selection and cloning of the appropriate transformants on the selectable media.


  • Theoretical and practical knowledge of biology, molecular biology or biochemistry acquired through a BS or BA Degree in Biology, Bioengineering or related field.

  • Demonstrated experience working with antibodies.

  • Experience working with molecular biology procedures such as DNA and RNA cloning.

  • Proven knowledge and skill working with sterile equipment and supplies. Exerience with the operation of laboratory equipment, including centrifuges, ultracentrifuges, balances, and pH meters.

  • Proven experience using fluorescent microscope.

  • Knowledge of purchasing and reimbursement procedures. Skill in maintaining purchasing records, steady levels of lab supplies, and training others in purchasing procedures.

  • Proven knowledge of PubMed or library literature search to identify relevant research papers, journals and books.

  • Ability to record scientific data in a well-organized laboratory notebook. Strong organizational skills to keep clear and accurate records.

  • Knowledge of Material Data Safety Sheets, and hazardous communication and Injury and Illness Prevention programs. Proven knowledge of laboratory safety precautions, including use of protective items such as goggles, coats, etc., and the ability to train other laboratory members in safety precautions.

  • Experience and knowledge of proper handling, storage and disposal of chemicals, radioisotopes, biochemicals, hazardous chemicals, and biohazardous materials, including radioactive materials.

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills. Ability using tact, diplomacy, discretion, and flexibility with diverse personalities. Ability to work as part of research team and interact effectively with collaborating labs and others in scientific community. Ability to maintain confidentiality of matters related to work.


  • This position will be 100% full time career for 1 year.

  • Background check required.

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

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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