Job Description

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Hiring Salary Range
$24.16 - $26.33 /hour
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Appointment Percent:
RX Contract
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Work Schedule:
8 hrs/day, Mon - Fri

#116807 Biology Instructional Lab Assistant

Extended Deadline: Thu 7/7/2022

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

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 06/07/22 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 06/16/22. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

Job posting will remain open until a suitable candidate has been identified.


This is a non-research related position working with a team of laboratory staff to prepare materials for the Instructional Laboratories in the School of Biological Sciences. The staff research associate will provide primary technical support for physiology, neuroscience, and other lab courses, as needed.

Responsibilities include: Assist staff members supporting other undergraduate lab courses as needed; determine class needs based on protocols provided by instructors; evaluate equipment and supply status and availability; prepare media and solutions; animal care, dissection and euthanasia; set up classroom with materials needed for the course; prepare class demonstrations; train teaching assistants and students to use equipment.

Additional responsibilities: Maintain accurate records of all expenditures, procedures and inventories; handle and store biohazardous materials, controlled substances and animals subjects (fish, frogs, rats, chick eggs, crayfish, rats, sea urchins, worms and fruit flies); enforce safety standards as required by Environmental Health and Safety; clean and sterilize glassware and labs after class; clean and maintain equipment; make deliveries and pick-ups with University vehicle; and assist with quarterly and yearly inventory, ordering system, equipment repairs, and protocol record system.


  • Strong theoretical and practical knowledge of physiology, neuroscience, general biology, molecular biology, and cell biology acquired through a BS degree or higher in Biology or related field OR an equivalent combination of education and laboratory experience.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of membrane physiology, nerve and muscle function, hormone actions, cardiovascular physiology, and renal function.

  • Knowledge/familiarity with equipment used in physiology and neuroscience instructional labs.

  • Knowledge in basic math for maintaining ledgers, income, and expenditures reports. Proven ability to perform calculations by hand or calculator. Must be able to calculate molarities, normalities and percentages.

  • Experience in basic laboratory procedures, including preparation of buffers, reagents, complex solutions, plates, media, etc., using aseptic techniques. Responsible for the maintenance of the lab, keeping lab clean and safe. Demonstrated organizational skills to order and maintain laboratory equipment and supplies, and to ensure supplies charge to correct funding.

  • Ability to use a variety of microscopes, electrophoresis apparatuses, spectrophotometers, centrifuges, DNA cycler, various types of incubators, tissue culture equipment, colony counter, low gyratory water bath, autoclave, and dishwasher, with the ability to troubleshoot problems and perform minor repairs. Ability to learn operation of new equipment if necessary.

  • Knowledge of laboratory safety rules and regulations,Safety Data Sheets and safety precautions, including safe handling, proper storage and disposal of biohazardous, radioactive materials, chemicals, radioisotopes, and biologicals; and use of lab safety equipment. Familiarity with a Chemical Hygiene Plan addressing safety precautions including appropriate clothing and shoes, safe handling of chemicals, use of proper protective equipment (PPE).

  • Excellent interpersonal and oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated ability in using tact, diplomacy, discretion, and flexibility with diverse personalities and situations. Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and interact effectively with others in the scientific community.

  • Proficient skill in using computers to enter, modify, retrieve and print inventory records and experience with office software such as PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Adobe Photoshop and Acrobat. Willingness and ability to update and increase computer skills and knowledge as needed. Experience with Quartzy or similar lab management software preferred but not required.

  • Experience preparing lab for class demonstrations. Skill to train others in basic lab support techniques and procedures (preparation of media, dishwashing, equipment usage, etc.). Experience working with and training students.

  • Skill to read and understand equipment manuals to troubleshoot malfunctions in lab instruments. Skills and knowledge to perform simple repairs, such as replacing fuses, bulbs, adjusting moving parts, soldering connectors, etc.

  • Ability to perform various small animal surgeries on rats, frogs, leeches, worms and other invertebrates. Ability to perform animal anesthesia and euthanasia. Knowledge and skill to handle and care for animal subjects and dispose of carcasses in accordance with all governing regulations.

  • Proven skill to care for animals in accordance with university regulations. Sensitivity to the needs of caged laboratory animals, skill and knowledge to apply principles of sanitizing and disinfecting animal cages, and basic skills in veterinary procedures in compliance with AAALAC standards.


  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends, depending on the quarter's schedule of classes.

  • Work schedule may change from quarter to quarter.

  • Must be willing to work with animals and perform animal euthanasia.

  • Must be willing to work with biohazardous materials, biologicals, and chemical hazards.

  • Knowledge/familiarity with equipment used in physiology and neuroscience instructional labs.

  • Must be able to lift/move up to 50 lbs.

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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