Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Salary Range
$27.09 - $43.58 / Hour
Appointment Type:
Limited Appointment
Appointment Percent:
RX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, Variable

#117923 Cell Culture Research Associate II

Extended Review Date: Thu 2/2/2023

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.

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 is a part-time limited position with the possibility of extension/career conversion.

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

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 08/22/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

Placement within the range is determined by internal equity, relevant qualifications, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).


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 be responsible for working Stem cell and neuron culture for a study of antidepressant response in major depression as a Cell Culture Research Associate II within the Department of Psychiatry. The incumbent will create IPSCs, NPC's and neurons from lymphoblastoid cell lines and create lymphoblastoid cell lines from blood. The incumbent will also be responsible for measuring cellular phenotypes including electrical activity, neurotransmitter release and neuronal morphology, shipping samples, providing general lab management including maintenance of equipment, reagents, biohazard reports, etc., and interacting with collaborators. Will also perform other duties as required.


  • Theoretical knowledge of cellular and molecular biology typically attained by a Bachelor’s degree and/or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Demonstrated ability to organize laboratories.

  • Experience to handle human blood samples.

  • Strong ability to communicate and interact well with other scientists.

  • Proven understanding of cell culture procedure.

  • Thorough understanding of DNA extraction and preparation.

  • Proven knowledge of and experience with sterile technique.

  • Thorough knowledge of iPS methods.

  • Proven experience with software applications in data processing (Excel), statistical analysis (SPSS) and graphical presentation of the data (e.g. Excel, Power Point, and Sigma Plot).

  • Strong communication skills (both verbal and written) needed to interact professionally and effectively in the work environment.

  • Proven understanding of cells growth, electrical activity, gene expression, synapse formation.

  • Strong understanding of cellular phenotypes for differences between SSRI responders and non-responders.

  • Knowledge of spectrophotometric quantification of DNA.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of UCSD biosafety procedures for human blood.

  • Experience conducting transfection assays using luminometer.

  • Knowledge and hands-on experience in working with iPS cells and maintaining biosafety protocols.

  • Strong abilities to provide written summary of research findings. Experience in assisting writing of meeting abstracts, manuscripts, and research grant applications.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Must be able to work with human blood samples.
  • Must be able to work evenings or weekends as needed.
  • Must be able to work in a Cell Culture Lab and maintaining biosafety protocols.

Pay Transparency Act Full Salary Range: $56,564 - $90,995 Annually

The University of California, San Diego is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience. The full salary range for this position is defined as the Full Pay Range. The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position defined as the Expected Pay Scale. Placement within the Expected Pay Scale is determined by internal equity, relevant qualifications, 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.

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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