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Moores Cancer Center
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#116756 Cancer Research Assistant

Extended Review Date: Thu 10/27/2022

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.

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 06/10/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 06/21/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

Minor revisions have been made to the qualifications as of 9/15/22.


Under supervision, perform experiments, make observations, and record experimental data related to research projects. Use basic cellular and molecular biological techniques to perform tissue and sterile cell culture, immunologic assays, ELISA, and development of plasmid and viral based gene transfer vectors. Assist with animal studies including assisting with breeding, injections, tumor models, and maintaining and screening transgenic mouse colony. Assist with fluorescent imaging, radiation delivery, necropsy, tissue processing, flow cytometry, cell sorting, and histology. Perform basic laboratory activities in the lab including ordering equipment and reagents, and researching journal articles to find appropriate protocols and regulations for experiments. Maintain laboratory environmental health and safety activities, including radioactive waste, chemical waste and biological waste disposal. Other duties assigned as needed.


  • Theoretical knowledge in molecular biology and biochemistry.

  • Scientific laboratory experience.

  • Experience with all aspects of tissue culture including freezing, thawing, counting cells and splitting cultures.

  • Demonstrated skill in the operation and maintenance of various lab equipment such as microscopes, centrifuges, and nanodrop machine.

  • Experience in the operation and maintenance of fluroesecence-activated cell sorting (FACS) machines such as FACSCalibur, LSRII, and BD Aria.

  • Experience with standard repetitive techniques that may be required in research protocols related to a specific lab. Ability to read, interpret and apply protocols in conducting research. Ability in following step wise experimental protocols. Skill to troubleshoot adaptations of experimental protocols.

  • Proven experience working with murine tissues; tissue processing, histology analysis, and knowledge in necropsy.

  • Experience reading and using Material Safety Data Sheets. Demonstrated ability to follow established Safety and Biohazardous Material Guidelines.

  • Demonstrated experience working in and maintaining a sterile environment.

  • Strong skill in accurate record keeping and ability to organize, analyze, and calculate data. Knowledge in basic math for maintaining ledgers, income and expenditure reports.

  • Proficient with the operation of a personal computer and software application, such as Access, MS Word and Excel. Knowledge to work with and learn new software for analysis.

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

  • Knowledge of UCSD Environmental Health and Safety requirements including the ability to write with correct syntax and grammar and to clearly communicate ideas and protocols in writing to EH&S.


  • Experience in caring for and handling small lab animals (mice, rats,) and in administering medications and anesthesia to perform phlebotomy and minor surgical procedures on animals.
  • Experience in euthanizing small laboratory animals. Willingness and ability to work with rodents and/or other lab animals and/or infected samples. Familiarity with the writing of Animal Subjects protocols and with the surgical procedures.
  • Ability to assist in the writing of papers for publication, research proposals.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Must be willing and able to work in Bio Safety Level II environment.
  • Must be willing and able to work with small animals and biohazardous materials.

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.

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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