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

#114722 Basic Science Research Associate

Extended Deadline: Wed 5/25/2022

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

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

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 3/1/22 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 3/10/22. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The UCSD Department of Pharmacology is one of two basic science units in the School of Medicine where world-class researchers investigate the molecular basis of human diseases. The faculty are internationally renowned for their strength in elucidating basic cellular and molecular mechanisms of signal transduction that lead to innovative drug target identification and ultimately to drug discovery. The faculty also play a major role in medical and graduate student training, providing educational and programmatic offerings that span several disciplines, and provide diversity to meet the interests of a broad spectrum of students and scholars. More than one hundred trainees at the graduate student and postdoctoral level, as well as a staff of more than 50 research technicians and department administrators interact closely with the faculty. The diverse mix of ages, backgrounds, and talents creates a robust work environment with challenging career opportunities and a commitment to continued growth potential. We constantly seek to recruit highly motivated, technologically-advanced and interested individuals to become a part of our dynamic exploratory research and educational environment.

Under supervision, incumbent will assist lab members with standard experimental research techniques, cell culture, and data analysis. Incumbent will assist with maintenance of mouse breeding colonies and perform laboratory maintenance duties including ordering supplies, making buffers, and handling reagent requests. Incumbent must interact easily with faculty, postdoctoral scholars, students, and research technicians in a large laboratory.


  • Two (2) years of laboratory experience or two (2) years of college including courses in the natural, physical or social sciences and one (1) year of laboratory experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience; and knowledge and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position.

  • Thorough knowledge of biochemistry, biology, or molecular biology.

  • Knowledge and experience in basic laboratory procedures and equipment, including sterile techniques, preparation of buffers and media, cell culture, PCR, plasmid preps, and protein analysis and purification.

  • Ability to follow basic research protocols and to understand and execute both written and verbal instructions and tasks on schedule.

  • Demonstrated experience with performing protein assays and protein gel electrophoresis.

  • Knowledge and understanding of laboratory safety and ability to work carefully with potentially harmful agents.

  • Tact and diplomacy to interact with a variety of individuals including faculty, staff, students and foreign scholars.

  • Strong attention to protocol and details. Ability to work well with others; take orders and explain protocols to others.

  • Manual dexterity to perform experiments and manipulate lab equipment.

  • Proficient experience with and skill in using computers.


  • Knowledge and experience in basic animal room work, including maintaining and breeding mouse colonies.
  • Knowledge of protein purification techniques.
  • Experience with CRISPR/Cas9.
  • Knowledge of kinases and phosphatases.
  • Knowledge of microscopy techniques.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends, if necessary.
  • Willingness to work with rodents and hazardous materials.

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 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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