Job Description

Payroll Title:
MEDICINE/ Endocrinology & Meta
Hiring Pay Scale
$24.88 - $27.28 / Hour
East Campus
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
RX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday-Friday

#122561 Diabetes Research Associate

Initial Review Date: Thu 4/27/2023

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.

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Under supervision, provide technical support and perform experiments related to obesity and diabetes research projects. The incumbent will participate in animal studies including handling live animals, performing drug administration, blood collection, and necropsy and tissue trimming. Will perform western blotting, ELISA assays, and Q-PCR analysis including RNA isolation from tissues or cells required. It is desirable that they are familiar with cell culture and sterile technique. The incumbent will assist with organization and updating of protocols, organizing and keeping records of reagents in freezers, refrigerators and liquid nitrogen tank. Other duties assigned as needed.


  • Theoretical knowledge of a life science such as is typically acquired by a Bachelor's Degree in a field related to the research being conducted. Related fields may include any of the following fields of study: molecular biology, immunology, and biochemistry.

  • Knowledge of radiation safety and biosafety techniques and practices. Experience to work with chemical, radioisotope, and biological hazards and to recognize safety problems.

  • Experience performing western blotting, ELISA assays, immunohistochemistry and Q-PCR analysis including RNA isolation from tissues or cells.

  • Demonstrated ability to assist in the writing of papers for publication, research proposals.

  • Knowledge sufficient to coordinate studies with other departments and the lab. Skill to plan and organize work assignments in an efficient and productive manner.

  • Manual dexterity and ability to assist with general lab maintenance, including cleaning and restocking supplies and manage a regular schedule in the lab.

  • Demonstrated ability to follow established Safety and Biohazardous Material Guidelines.

  • Good organizational skills to order and maintain lab equipment and supplies.

  • Enthusiasm for learning and a genuine interest in scientific research. Willingness and ability to learn new skills, research methods, and scientific principles.

  • Willingness to learn new techniques and tasks and share knowledge to inform and teach students and paraprofessionals new techniques.

  • Demonstrated skill in the operation and maintenance of various lab equipment such as confocal and quantitative fluorescent microscopes, centrifuges, spectrophotometers, and scintillation counter.

  • Knowledge to read and use Material Safety Data Sheet's. Knowledge of UCSD Environmental Health and Safety requirements and the ability to write with correct syntax and grammar and to clearly communicate ideas and protocols in writing to EH&S. Experienced in working and maintaining a sterile environment.

  • Experience and ability to perform standard repetitive techniques that may be required in research protocols related to 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.

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

  • Experience 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.

  • Effective and diplomatic oral and written communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to work with a variety of personnel from different laboratories and instruct in optimal procedures for assays.

  • 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. Demonstrated ability to assist in the writing of papers for publication, research proposals.

  • Willingness and ability to work with rodents and/or infected samples.


  • Skill to work with animals, as well as animal and human tissues; tissue trimming and histology analysis, and knowledge in necropsy.
  • Knowledge to care for and handle small lab animals (mice, rats, guinea pigs, and rabbits) and to administer medications and anesthesia to perform phlebotomy and minor surgical procedures on animals, euthanize small laboratory animals.
  • Familiarity with the writing of Animal Subjects protocols and with the surgical microscope and surgical procedures
  • Experience performing experiments related to obesity and diabetes research.
  • Experience performing necropsy, tissue trimming and histology.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Must be willing to work with animals.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $51,949 - $61,972 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $24.88 - $29.68

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).

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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