Job Description

Payroll Title:
MEDICINE/Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology
Hiring Pay Scale
$24.88 - $27.28 / Hour
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
RX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday-Friday

#121594 Asthma and Allergy Staff Research Associate

Initial Review Date: Thu 3/16/2023

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.

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UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 02/16/2023 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 02/28/2023. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

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


This laboratory studies the mechanism of asthma and allergy with a view to novel therapeutic development. Experiments are performed independently and as part of a team.

Under supervision, the Staff Research Associate will perform laboratory bench experiments related to studies in mouse models of asthma using different strains of knockout mice. The Staff Research Associate will sensitize and allergen challenge mice, process lungs and tissues for immunohistochemistry and image analysis, capture and quantitate lung images on image analysis computer program, and measure proteins in lungs by FACS, ELISA and RT-PCR. Under close supervision, will perform minor surgery to measure pulmonary function on anesthetized mice. Use aseptic technique for tissue culture. Will be responsible for mouse breeding colony management (genotyping), ordering mice, chemicals and reagents.


  • Theoretical knowledge of a life science as is typically required by a Bachelor's Degree in a field related of research such as animal physiology, biology, molecular biology, immunology, and biochemistry.

  • Demonstrated RT-PCR and ELISA experience.

  • Excellent computer skills and ability to learn new computer programs. Demonstrated knowledge of Excel, Word, Outlook. Ability to perform data entry.

  • Proven experience in immunohistochemistry and image analysis of lungs.

  • Experience performing standard laboratory techniques (pipetting, weighing). Ability to read, interpret and apply protocols in conducting research. Ability to follow experimental protocols.

  • Effective interpersonal skills. Ability to work with a variety of personnel from different laboratories.

  • Skill in accurate record keeping paying close attention to detail.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills needed to interact professionally and effectively in the work environment, as well as to effectively document research procedures. Ability to read, comprehend and discuss research materials.


  • Experience working with mice; mouse asthma models.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Continued funding for this position is dependent upon successful grant renewal for this position.
  • Must be willing to work with mice and allergens.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $51,949 - $61,972 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $24.88 - $29.68

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).

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

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.

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