Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Pay Scale
$28.04 - $45.11 / Hour
Moores Cancer Center
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
RX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday-Friday

#130261 Contrast Media Researcher

Filing Deadline: Fri 6/21/2024

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UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 06/11/2024 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

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Under supervision, incumbent will perform a variety of chemical syntheses and analyses, as well as general laboratory duties to support a contrast media research laboratory in the department of Radiology. Individual will be responsible for data collection, data entry, analysis of chemical experiments, as well as syntheses of literature compounds and syntheses developed in the laboratory. Candidate will use standard chemical analysis methods and be able to develop modifications of standard methods to meet special needs.


  • Working knowledge of quantitative and qualitative chemical analysis procedures.

  • Skill with handling of radioisotopes for radiochemistry experiments.

  • Skill in ultrafiltration and chromatography

  • Skill in use of PC and computer software. Ease with MS-Windows, database, spreadsheets and word processing.

  • Theoretical knowledge in chemistry and biochemisty

  • General knowledge of statistical analysis

  • Ability to read scientific manuscripts and articles.

  • Skill in the use of basic laboratory equipment (pH meters, microscopes, balances, pipettes, centrifuges, and other basic equipment

  • Ability to fine tune, maintain, and trouble-shoot chemical analyses equipment.

  • Ability to work independently without close supervision.

  • Interpersonal communication skills to work with a variety of professionals with diverse backgrounds (i.e., medical physicists, radiologists, physicians, surgeons, and imaging technicians).

  • Demonstrated experience in the preparation of solid phase plates for receptor assays.

  • Ability to dilute radiolabeled ligands. Demonstrated skill in the incubation and purification of radioligand-receptor complexes

  • Demonstrated experience in the operation of gamma counter and LIGAND software program

  • Knowledge of the theory of Scatchard analysis.

  • Demonstrated experience in the operation and macroprogramming of SIGMAPLOT software.

  • Experience with analytical high performance chromatography


  • Working knowledge of synthesis, bioconjugate, and chelation chemistiries

  • Demonstrated experience in homogenizing tissue for receptor purification.Experience with preparative high performance chromatography

  • Experience with preparative high performance chromatography


  • Overtime and weekends may be required

  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $58,548 - $94,190 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $28.04 - $45.11

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

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