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La Jolla
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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.

#117033 CFS Lab Associate

Extended Review Date: Fri 7/15/2022

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 06/21/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 06/29/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


As part of the Department of Surgery, the Center for the Future of Surgery is a world-class facility that is advancing surgery techniques by investigating, developing, testing, and teaching procedures that will revolutionize the field of surgery. The goal of the Center for the Future of Surgery (CFS) is to continually improve and expand surgery options using emerging technology so that patients experience less pain and better outcomes.

The Staff Research Associate utilizes a wide array of knowledge, technical skills and critical-thinking abilities to facilitate teaching, research projects, and labs in the Center for the Future of Surgery. Duties include, but are not limited to, will set-up and clean up of labs, ordering supplies, operating and maintaining equipment, as liaison with surgeons and industry personnel. Assist in pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative care of animals. Assist with multiple surgical procedures. Set-up and clean up of equipment and supplies for daily courses. Assist lab attendees on cadaver and animal labs, with and without robotics. Liaise with industry personnel to understand equipment needs and plan labs.

The CFS is a team environment and all team members are expected to establish and maintain a positive and cooperative working relationship with surgeons, OR personnel, industry partners, and UCSD peers.


  • Theoretical knowledge as required in a Bachelor's degree or a combination of education and experience. STEM focus preferred.

  • Demonstrated ability to follow written and verbal protocols, techniques, and instructions.

  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills.

  • Ability to analyze and resolve non-routine issues using independent judgment.

  • Proficient with PC and/or Mac operation, and various software applications including MS Office.

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills. Ability in using tact, diplomacy, discretion, and flexibility with diverse personalities and situations. Ability to work as part of a research team and interact effectively with collaborating labs and others in scientific community.

  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality of data and adhere to security standards.


  • Ability to independently develop, follow, and troubleshoot established lab protocols and procedures.
  • Experience in equipment management and inventory.
  • Knowledge of anatomy, surgical procedures, and techniques.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Must be able to exert up to 60 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 30 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
  • Must be willing to work flexible hours and weekends based on business needs.
  • Position may be subject to an alternate work schedule.
  • Must be willing to work with animals and cadavers.

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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