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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.

#117787 Experimental Neuropathology Lab Associate

Filing Deadline: Thu 8/11/2022

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 08/02/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 08/11/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


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.

UCSD Department of Psychiatry, working in conjunction with community based, county-contracted mental health clinics, provides psychiatric services to the underserved populations throughout San Diego county.

Under supervision, the Lab Associate will be responsible for a variety of standard technical tasks including human brain tissue culture, and brain tissue imaging. Duties and responsibilities will include assisting senior lab staff in establishing and working with human brain cell tissue cultures and helping with a variety of in vitro experiments. The Lab Associate will assist with sample preparations and standard lab works for biomarker assays, DNA/RNA extractions, immunoblotting, immunohistochemistry staining, immunocytochemistry staining of brain cell culture experiments, real-time PCR, metabolic assays, and fluorescent microscopy.

The Lab Associate will be trained to do routine cleaning and maintenance tissue culture room and equipment and general lab area and perform chemical and biohazard waste management. Training in the laboratory techniques detailed above will be provided, but a basic knowledge of basic Biostatistics and Graphpad prism is highly preferable, as well as basic knowledge in molecular biology such as RNA and DNA extraction techniques. The Lab Associate will also assist with data acquisition, analyses, and the preparation for presentation.


  • Theoretical knowledge in Chemistry, Molecular Biology or comparable combination of knowledge in other related field.

  • Knowledge and experience in using PCs, general Office software, and image analysis software.

  • Experience with experimental procedures in cell culture laboratory, including primary cells.

  • Experience with calculation, preparation, dilution of varieties of chemicals, reagents, and buffers.

  • Strong ability to communicate effectively and accurately and show ability to work with others.

  • Experience with real-time PCR and RNAseq including library preparation.

  • Ability to assist with standard preparation and inventory of chemical reagents, stock solution, and buffers used in immunohistochemistry (IHC) and immunocytochemistry (ICC), western blotting and all experiments.


  • Experience in basic molecular biology lab works such as proteins, DNA and RNA extraction techniques.
  • Experience in lab safety procedures and policies.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, QuantONE imaging analysis software, and Image J software.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.
  • Must be able to work in a behavioral research lab.
  • Ability to work after hours and weekend for certain experiments.

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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