Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Pay Scale
$20.67 - $21.07 / Hour
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
TX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
8 hrs/day, Mon - Fri, occasional eves/weekends if required

#122103 Lab Assistant

Filing Deadline: Fri 3/31/2023

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Under supervision, incumbent will assist Principal Investigator in research on the fundamental principles underlying olfactory information processing in the periphery utilizing fruit flies as the research model. Perform a variety of standard molecular biology procedures, standard immunohistochemistry techniques, and olfactory behavioral assays.

In addition, incumbent is responsible for care and maintenance of Drosophila mutant lines; using a stereo microscope, perform routine fruit fly work (sort flies, collect virgins twice a day, set up crosses, transfer stocks, screen flies for mutant phenotypes, isolate DNA from flies, etc). Incumbent will also perform routine laboratory duties: order and maintain lab equipment, supplies, and records; maintain cleanliness of lab; prepare buffers, media, and solutions; and perform other general lab duties as needed.


  • Graduation from high school or a GED and two (2) years of laboratory experience OR two (2) years of college including courses in biochemistry, molecular biology, biophysics, basic genetics OR an equivalent combination of education and experience

  • College level course or equivalent in general laboratory techniques and molecular techniques including the ability to prepare solutions and use a pH meter

  • Laboratory experience with basic and general techniques in molecular biology including DNA and RNA preparation and extraction, molecular cloning, gel electrophoresis, PCR, etc.

  • Skill to use standard lab equipment such as centrifuge, microscope, balances, etc.

  • Skill to culture and handle Drosophila.

  • Experience with basic microbiological and sterile techniques.

  • Skill to follow multistep assays and procedures.

  • Ability and organizational skills to keep accurate records of scientific data in well-organized lab notebook.

  • Experience using MAC or PC, including Microsoft Office.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. Good interpersonal communication skills including tact, diplomacy, and flexibility with students, staff, faculty, and visitors of various cultures and backgrounds.

  • Knowledge of Material Safety Data Sheets, hazard communication and Injury and Illness Prevention Program. Knowledge of laboratory safety precautions including appropriate clothing and shoes, safe handling of chemicals, use of protective items such as gloves and goggles, etc. Knowledge of safety procedures using chemicals and radioactive materials.

  • Knowledge of purchasing and reimbursement procedures. Skill in maintaining steady levels of lab supplies, maintaining purchasing records, and training others in purchasing procedures.


  • Must be willing and able to work occasional overtime (evening or weekend) based on needs of experiments.

  • Must have the ability to work safely with lab chemicals.

  • Manual dexterity for fine dissection of fruit flies.

  • Background check required.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $43,159 - $50,738 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $20.67 - $24.30

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

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

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