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#113005 Stem Cell Research Associate I

Filing Deadline: Fri 12/3/2021

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The UCSD Stem Cell Program, Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center, and the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine are three of the University’s most highly visible and top priority interdisciplinary and multi-institutional programs. Program personnel work on a daily basis with various academic and administrative Vice-Chancellors due to the complexity of these programs and substantial institutional investment. In addition, these programs are highly covered by local and international newspapers and other media outlets, including ethically sensitive stem cell research and cutting-edge therapy development efforts. These advancements involve substantial investments of UCSD financial physical and human resources.

The UCSD Stem Cell Program was launched at the end of 2006 and has experienced rapid growth, substantial success, and recognition since its inception. The UCSD Stem Cell Program operates multiple core facilities, manages substantial amounts of space in the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine, and hosts large multi-departmental and multi-institutional scientific meetings, conferences, and workshops. The UCSD Stem Cell Program has also led several successful and highly visible faculty recruitment and retention efforts, and routinely supports and facilitates numerous complex grant applications that are ultimately managed primarily by home departments of faculty. The success and growth of the UCSD Stem Cell Program and its highly productive integration with the multi-institutional Sanford Consortium, has required development of a novel programmatic structure and new administrative practices.

The Stem Cell Program is important to UCSD as a result of San Diego’s interdisciplinary nature as well as its substantial public and private investment in stem cell science and medicine. In addition, because of the local, national, and international visibility of this program and its active collaboration as part of the San Diego Consortium for Regenerative Medicine, there is a need for scientific and administrative talent. Thus, sound administrative management is crucial to the Stem Cell Program.

The hESCCF is a medium-sized laboratory in the UCSD Stem Cell Program providing services to an increasing number of research users who pay recharge costs to the facility.The current number of frequent users is 30. Created in 2005, the hESCCF is a cornerstone of the UCSD Stem Cell Program and the UC San Diego institutional commitment to leadership in Regenerative Medicine. It fosters and promotes human Embryonic Stem Cell research at UC San Diego and partner institutions of the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine. The facility trains scientists in the basic methods to conduct human Embryonic Stem Cell research, facilitates hESC research for many investigators, both established and beginning scientists, provides a "safe haven" that is sheltered from any federal funding source, thus allowing unimpeded hESC research, and provides state-of-the-art technologies necessary to advance stem cell research. hESCCF sustains ongoing research projects and allows the proposal of new projects necessitating such facilities.

Under supervision, the Stem Cell Research Associate will assist in the operation and maintenance of three Fluorescence Activated Cell Sorters (FACS) and three bench top flow cytometers. Perform standard repetitive laboratory procedures with Human Embryonic Stem Cells and other established cell lines and primary tissues. Conduct a limited number of experimental procedures and achieve results to maintain and expand hES cell lines and other pluripotent stem cells. Assist with the evaluation of new reagents and protocols. Support the preparation of detailed analysis of results for experiments such as qPCR, fluorescent and confocal microscopy, gel imaging, and proliferation assays. Under close technical supervision, assist with protocol troubleshooting to help researchers overcome technology bottlenecks. Receive training, such as technical seminars, to learn how to integrate emerging technologies into the core facility.


  • Theoretical knowledge of molecular biology, cellular biology or related field, typically acquired at the collegiate level and/or comparable experience.

  • Knowledge of molecular biology, DNA techniques and protein biochemistry.

  • Experience using mathematical skills to analyze and develop statistical data.

  • Demonstrated ability to perform repetitive and specialized laboratory experimental procedures. Ability to follow experimental protocols. Ability to learn new procedures.

  • Experience and working knowledge of sterile techniques and mammalian cell culture practices. Knowledge of numerous types of laboratory equipment related to uses, maintenance, and repair.

  • Experience with various computer software, hardware, standard office equipment and lab equipment.

  • Exceptional communication skill in written and spoken form. Ability to communicate effectively in writing, electronically, and by spoken word with a variety of people from vendors to faculty.

  • Good interpersonal communication skills that facilitate professional, effective, and courteous interaction with a diverse population including employees, faculty, researchers, and outside agencies. Proven ability to effectively present information and recommendations.


  • Theoretical or practical knowledge of human or murine stem cell culture.
  • Working practical knowledge of Flow Cytometry technology.
  • Experience using microscopy to perform experiments.
  • A working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint is ideal (also Google Docs.).


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Occasional overtime, including nights, weekends and holidays may be required.
  • Must be able to work in environment where biological, chemical, and radiological hazards are present, and human embryonic stem cell and animals are used in research.
  • Must be willing to work with viruses that are infectious to humans, including adeno-associated viruses and lentiviral vectors which are derived from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

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

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