Job Description

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

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#118900 Insectary Research Technician

Initial Review Date: Fri 11/4/2022

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.

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

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Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 11/04/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The Department of Medicine is responsible for fulfilling the teaching, research, and clinical missions of the University of California, San Diego and employs 500+ full-time salaried faculty members and 150+ academic appointees. Staff personnel include 800+ staff in 9 bargaining units, students, and volunteers. There are over 250 clinical faculties practicing at multiple sites and hospitals. Professional fee billings for the department exceed $50 million with collections of over $19 million per year. The total annual budget is approximately $170 million, which includes contract and grant revenues, clinical practice and medical center funds, and other state and private endowment funds.

Under the supervision of the faculty member, incumbent will independently support the rearing and transgenesis experiments of mosquito vectors of diseases, working with other insectary staff in the maintenance of mosquito colonies used in experiments, care of vertebrate animals used to feed insects, as well as keeping records of experiments.

Specific tasks include assembling disposable mosquito cages and/or maintaining Bugdorm cages, providing sucrose to adult mosquitoes as needed, making larval food, picking pupae, cutting and autoclaving egg papers, drying egg papers, feeding with Hemotek and/or glass feeding systems, maintaining eggs for colonies, monitoring vertebrate animals used for blood feeding, filling humidifiers as needed, assisting with parasite challenge assays, and keeping records of all maintenance duties and experiments. The incumbent is responsible for adhering to all Standard Operating Procedures and safety requirements for the laboratory and insectary.


  • Theoretical knowledge of a biological science or a related field or other related field typically acquired by a Bachelor's degree in a field related to the research being conducted, or equivalent years of experience.

  • Knowledge/understanding and at least some experience with Safety Data Sheets, hazard communication and Injury and Illness Prevention Program. Familiarity with a Chemical Hygiene Plan addressing safety precautions including appropriate clothing and shoes, safe handling of chemicals, use of protective items. Willingness and ability to keep safety training current and consistent with research involvement.

  • Demonstrated skill using general lab equipment including centrifuges, gel electrophoresis apparatus, power supplies, autoclaves, and spectrophotometers.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to work with a diverse group of people, and communicate clearly to promote positive relationships.

  • Demonstrated knowledge using ancillary equipment for documentation of recordings.

  • Ability to communicate clearly, courteously, and effectively.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to present data and insectary-related updates on a regular basis.

  • Excellent organization and record-keeping skills.

  • Knowledge of mosquito biology, care, and best practices related to mosquito husbandry.

  • Proficient with Apple and PC computers and associated word processing, spreadsheet, and database software with a willingness and ability to update and increase skills and knowledge as needed.

  • Willingness and demonstrated ability to embrace and consistently uphold the principles of community for a collaborative work environment.

  • Knowledge of laboratory quality control and quality assurance guidelines.

  • Knowledge of general inventory and purchasing. Skill in maintaining steady levels of lab supplies. Assist with standard and routine daily administrative and maintenance for research and upkeep of insectary.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

  • Willing and able to work a flexible schedule, including occasional overtime during evenings and weekends as needed for mosquito and insectary upkeep.

  • The incumbent must be willing to work with vertebrate animals and mosquitoes, and have no allergies to either.

  • Must have the ability and be willing to work with mosquitoes and/or exposure to Beta-alanyl-CoA:ammonia lyase 2 (ACL2), Biosafety level 1 (BSL1) and Biosafety Level 2 (BSL2) pathogens/viruses.

  • Must have good eyesight (normal or corrected) and dexterity to handle the mosquitoes.

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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