Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Salary Range
$18.67 - $21.64 / Hour
East Campus
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
TX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday-Friday

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

#120029 Lab Assistant

Filing Deadline: Mon 11/28/2022

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

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 11/10/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 11/15/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The Department of Anesthesiology employs over 200 Academic and Staff personnel and has an annual operating budget of $83 million in annualized resources (School of Medicine and Clinical Practice Organization (CPO) between Practice Plan revenues, VA Medical Center funding, Hospital and Medical Group funding, UC Foundation, Research sources and School of Medicine funds. There are over 85 Clinical faculty, 20 Ph.D. faculty, 8 Post-Doctoral Scholars, 42 Residents, 8 Senior Clinical Fellows, 33 Certified Nurse Anesthetists, 1 Physician Assistant and five collective bargaining units represented. The Department provides Clinical Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Services in Hillcrest, Thornton Hospital, Shiley Eye Center, Rady Children's Hospital, Jacobs Medical Center and the VA Medical Center. The Department operates a Pain Clinic at Perlman. The Department's research programs include bench and clinical research programs located at the VA Medical Center, Medical Teaching Facility, Clinical Teaching Facility, Hillcrest, Thornton, Sanford Consortium of Regenerative Medicine facilities and the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI).

This position is located at the ACTRI, in the Department of Anesthesiology’s Case Affective and Somatosensory Experience (CASE) Lab. Under supervision of Dr. Case, the incumbent will assist with basic laboratory operations, organize, work with healthy and chronic pain patients assisting with remote and/or in-person psychophysical, brain imaging, and pharmacologic studies as assigned. Assigned duties and responsibilities include routine laboratory maintenance, support for personnel, and assisting with psychological and psychophysical methodologies. Lab assistant will assist with adhering to Institutional Review Board (IRB) protocols, collect human data, and assist with behavioral interventions ensuring accurate collection of data.


  • Graduation from high school or a General Education Diploma and one year of laboratory experience or two years of college including courses in the in the natural, physical or social sciences and two years of laboratory experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Knowledge of safe human testing procedures (CITI training; experience with IRB).

  • Ability to follow written and verbal directions.

  • Knowledge of personal computer programs including word processing, basic computer coding, SPSS, Word, Excel, unix.

  • Ability to adhere to established UCSD guidelines for safety and environmental issues.

  • Must be able to work effectively with human volunteers and patients.

  • Requires a thorough understanding of laboratory principles involved. Knowledge of safe laboratory processes and procedures.


  • Knowledge of psychology, neuroscience, human biology, and pre-medicine is desired.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.

  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.

  • Must be willing to work with hazardous materials.

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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To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.

UC San Diego Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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