HIV Research Technician - 117340
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#117340 HIV Research TechnicianExtended Deadline: Mon 8/22/2022
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Department of Pediatrics is one of the largest departments within the UCSD School of Medicine with comprehensive clinical programs, extensive basic science and clinical research, and diverse educational opportunities for students, residents and fellows. The internationally renowned faculty play a major role in medical and graduate student training, providing educational and programmatic offerings that span several disciplines, and provide diversity to meet the interests of a broad spectrum of students and scholars. More than one hundred trainees at the graduate student and postdoctoral level, as well as more than 300 professional, research and administrative staff who along with the department administrators interact closely with the faculty. The diverse mix of ages, backgrounds, and talents creates a robust work environment with challenging career opportunities and a commitment to continued growth potential. We constantly seek to recruit highly motivated, technologically-advanced and interested individuals to become a part of our dynamic cutting-edge research, clinical, and educational environment.
Under supervision, incumbent independently performs experiments involving a wide variety of processing specimens and molecular biology techniques involving HIV and SARS-CoV-2, including DNA and RNA extraction, protein extraction, gel electrophoresis, Western blots, real-time PCR, primer and probe selection and validation, and cytokine detection. Duties include processing of clinical specimens HIV - uninfected and infected blood donors, SARS-CoV-2 specimens and coordinating with clinical team regarding processing of clinical specimens, storage of specimens, logging specimens into computerized database and shipping specimens. The incumbent is responsible for other laboratory tasks, including maintaining an accurate laboratory notebook, ordering supplies, preparation of solutions, maintaining clean and orderly laboratory area, and minor equipment maintenance.
Theoretical knowledge of and background in biomedical, and or biological sciences typically acquired through formal education at the collegiate level and/or comparable laboratory experience.
Experience with processing of serum, plasma, PBMC and viable PBMC
Theoretical knowledge of molecular biology techniques and genetics, and experience in extracting DNA/RNA, PCR, PT-PCR, and qPCR.
Knowledge of bio, chemical, and radiation safety techniques and practices. Demonstrated ability to follow established Safety and Biohazardous Material Guidelines and implement measures to ensure compliance and maintain associated records.
Demonstrated ability to follow written and verbal protocols, techniques, and instructions.
Demonstrated excellent communication and interpersonal skills over a wide range of situations and individuals needed to interact professionally and effectively in the work environment in person, on the phone, and in writing to a diverse population; including persons from foreign countries, the business community, academicians, students, and staff with a high degree of diplomacy, mature judgment, tact, and flexibility.
Knowledge of proper formats, grammar, and spelling in English and proofreading ability sufficient to compose, edit, and publish professional correspondence, as well as effectively and accurately document research procedures.
Ability to read, comprehend, discuss, and present research materials.
Demonstrated experience making independent decisions, analyzing situations, problem solving, and initiating action for laboratory maintenance. Proven ability to work independently.
Demonstrated organizational skills to order and maintain lab reagents and supplies, and keep accurate lab records and computer files. Experience in ordering, maintaining, trouble-shooting, and calibrating general laboratory equipment (e.g. centrifuges, incubators, microscopes, water baths, etc.).
Employment is subject to a criminal background check
Must be willing to process culture cells, and human specimens infected with HIV and SARS-CoV-2
Must be willing to work with hazardous chemicals (appropriate handling of these items under properly defined laboratory practices is required)
Must be able to adjust work schedule to meet deadlines
Must be willing to work at multiple locations including UCSD campus, ACTRI and Hillcrest
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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