Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Pay Scale
$21.39 - $25.15 / Hour
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
TX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday-Friday

#129212 Animal/Laboratory Assistant II

Extended Deadline: Tue 5/28/2024

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

This position will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 04/15/2024 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 04/24/2024. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


UCSD Department of Psychiatry is one of the most innovative and productive academic departments in the country, offering challenging career opportunities in the diverse areas of advanced educational programs, cutting-edge research, and state-of-the art clinical services. The department is committed to offering a dynamic learning environment and growing opportunities to its talented and dedicated employees.

Under supervision, the incumbent will work as a laboratory assistant to assist in studies of rodent models and laboratory rodent colonies within the Department of Psychiatry. Duties include: lab animal husbandry, rat colony maintenance, genotyping, injections, record keeping using established scripts and protocols. Organize a schedule of tasks needed on a in order to maintain breeding lines of rats and mice. Create and maintain detailed breeding records based on instructions from the supervisor and the lab manager; use established scripts for to maintain pedigree records. Set up all necessary caging and cage labeling in the animal facility. Pair and separate appropriate breeders. Check for pups and wean pups. Identify rodents by ear tagging. Work with supervisor to create schedule for animal transfers to collaborators. Set necessary MTA with collaborators in advance. Work with supervisor to resolve issues. Follow all IACUC procedures as described in the protocol. Update lab IACUC protocol as directed by the principal investigator. Assist with other project and miscellaneous duties as required.


  • Graduation from high school or a General Education Diploma and two years of laboratory experience or two years of college including courses in Biology, organic/inorganic Chemistry and one year of laboratory experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Experience handling mice and rats (restraining, ear tagging, injections, etc.).

  • Demonstrated experience in maintaining rodent breeding colony.

  • Demonstrated ability to use word processing, spreadsheet, etc., with the willingness and ability to update and increase skills and knowledge as needed.

  • Working knowledge of the Animal Care Program's required husbandry practices.

  • General laboratory experience.

  • Ability to recognize, report and troubleshoot technical problems.

  • Good communication skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to create and maintain detailed breeding records (including genetics and lineage of all animals) based on instructions from the supervisor and the lab manager.

  • Extreme attention to details, high standards for accuracy and documentation.

  • Must have the ability to work under own initiative as well as to work meticulously under close direction.

  • Excellent time management skills.

  • Demonstrated experience with high-pace high-throughput laboratory work

  • Excellent organizational and record-keeping skills.

  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality.

  • Working knowledge of laws and regulations that govern the housing and management of laboratory animals as applied to the University of California. Sensitivity to the needs of laboratory animals in compliance to AAALAC standards.


  • Bachelor's degree in related area and coursework in biology or related disciplines.

  • Academic courses in relevant subjects, such as genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, and organic chemistry.

  • Experience with laboratory computers and specialized data collection software (Med Associates, San Diego Instruments, Noldus, DSI).

  • Knowledge of stereotaxic surgery.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

  • Must be willing to handle mice and rats.

  • Must be willing to euthanize mice and rats according to IACUC protocol.

  • Must be able to work overtime, weekends, and evenings if required.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $44,662 - $52,513 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $21.39 - $25.15

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

If employed by the University of California, you will be required to comply with our Policy on Vaccination Programs, which may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

If applicable, life-support certifications (BLS, NRP, ACLS, etc.) must include hands-on practice and in-person skills assessment; online-only certification is not acceptable.

UC San Diego Health Sciences is comprised of our School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, The Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, and our Student Health and Well-Being Department. We have long been at the forefront of translational - or "bench-to-bedside" - research, transforming patient care through discovery and innovation leading to new drugs and technologies. Translational research is carried out every day in the hundreds of clinical trials of promising new therapies offered through UC San Diego Health, and in the drive of our researchers and clinician-scientists who are committed to having a significant impact on patient care. We invite you to join our team!

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