Job Description

Payroll Title:
MEDICINE/Infectious Diseases
Salary Range
Commensurate with Experience
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
RX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, M-F

As a federally-funded institution, UC San Diego Health maintains a marijuana and drug free campus. New employees are subject to drug screening.

#109587 ID Lab Research Technician

Extended Deadline: Mon 1/31/2022

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 05/27/2021 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 06/08/2021. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

This posting will remain open until filled.


Under supervision of the Lab Manager, the incumbent independently performs laboratory functions that involve a wide variety of standard human immunodeficiency viruses (HIV) qualitative assays. Assists the Principal Investigator (PI) and Lab Manager in conducting experiments investigating human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) variation present in CSF, blood, gut tissue and semen. Will engage in highly specialized technical laboratory procedures such as PBMC processing, gut tissue extraction, viability, cell culture, DNA, RNA extraction and storage.

Duties include sample processing, preparation of various types of samples for storage and dangerous goods shipping. Primary responder to cell inventory for the entire AntiViral Research Center (AVRC). The incumbent will develop new and modify existing standard procedures to meet the needs of complex research projects. Will also be responsible for other laboratory tasks including the maintenance of an accurate laboratory notebook, ordering supplies, preparation of solutions, maintaining a clean and orderly laboratory area and minor equipment maintenance, and other lab tasks as needed. This position will involve community based study visits that will require phlebotomy skills.


  • Theoretical knowledge of biology, molecular biology, or other related fields or Bachelor's degree or equivalent education and experience.

  • Must be certified in Phlebotomy or be certified in Phlebotomy within six (6) months of start date.

  • Must have a valid CA driver's license and acceptable driving record.

  • Experience with DNA extractions from CSF, Blood, Gut and Seminal fluids.

  • Demonstrated experience working in a clinical research setting.

  • Experience in the operation of scientific and experimental laboratory equipment necessary for the successful completion of the research design. This includes hand pipettors, pipetmans, pH meters, Mettler analytical and top-loading balances, plate washers, plate readers, agarose gel apparatus, thermocyclers, incubators, and various types of centrifuges.

  • Proven experience with DNA gel electrophoresis and detecting DNA bands on gels.

  • Thorough knowledge of sterile culture and aseptic techniques. This includes preparation of buffers and reagents.

  • Experience with the operation of a personal computer and software application such as MS Word, and Excel.

  • Knowledge of proper manipulation of infectious specimens such as the use of Biological Hazard Level II and III bio-containment facilities and cabinets, decontamination of work areas and proper laboratory attire.

  • Demonstrated experience in high throughput specimen processing and cell extraction.

  • Familiarity with processing blood, CSF, seminal fluids, seminal plasma, seminal cells, gut tissue cells infected with HIV and other human retroviruses.


  • Knowledge of radiation safety and biosafety techniques and practices.
  • Knowledge of HIV viral load assays or Elisa assays.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical. 
  • Must be willing to work with hazardous chemicals.
  • Must be willing to work with coronavirus (COVID-19/human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/hepatitis C (HCV) infected individuals and specimens.
  • Must have access to reliable transportation.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

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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