Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Pay Scale
$43,158 - $46,520/year
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
TX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri

#123334 Lab Assistant

Filing Deadline: Fri 6/9/2023

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The School of Biological Sciences is comprised of four academic sections, (Cell and Developmental Biology, Ecology Behavior and Evolution, Molecular, and Neurobiology) which reflect broad foci in faculty research and in the academic programs offered by the School. Each section is headed by a Chair who works individually to represent their section, and works collaboratively as a member of the School's Council of Chairs (COC) on those School concerns which cross the boundaries of section governance. The School has 90 faculty FTE and approximately 5000 undergraduate students in 8 majors, with annual enrollments of approximately 30,000.

Under supervision of the Principal Investigator (PI), the Lab Assistant will provide general lab support including ordering supplies, maintaining common lab equipment, and ensuring lab is clean safe and in compliance with regulations as well as maintaining the mouse colony and cell lines and perform DNA transfections. The Lab Assistant will also assist in research on the structure and function of the reward circuitry in rodents by carrying out various anatomical, immunohistochemical and microscopy procedures. Research involves extracting, dissecting, fixing, slicing and staining brain tissue for microscopic analysis. Perform other duties as assigned.

  • Willing to work with rodents as experimental animals

  • Willing to work with viral vectors

  • Willing to handle lab chemicals

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


  • Graduation from high school or a GED and two years of laboratory experience OR two years of college including courses in cell biology and one year of laboratory experience in cell biology, microscopy, immunohistochemistry, OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of basic techniques in histology and immuno-histochemistry.

  • Laboratory experience with basic and general cell biology techniques including genotyping, DNA transfections, maintaining cell lines, and microscopy.

  • At least one year of lab experience in maintaining a mouse colony, breeding, and collecting tissue for genotyping

  • Knowledge of scientific terminology

  • Experience using basic laboratory equipment (light microscopes, balances, pH meter, centrifuges, etc.).

  • Ability to learn new experimental methods as required. Ability to work independently or collaboratively on a research project.

  • Broad understanding of equipment and technologies used in Neuroscience research.

  • Skill to prepare and maintain laboratory records, files and notebooks.

  • Excellent (English) communication skills including skill to interpret and carry out written and oral instructions.Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact effectively with diverse personalities.

  • Ability to work independently with a variety of PC computer applications such as Microsoft Office, with willingness and ability to update and increase skills and knowledge as needed.

  • Sensitivity to the needs of laboratory animals in compliance to AAALAC standards.

  • Skills and knowledge to maintain stocks of essential supplies and reagents, to purchase lab supplies, and to ensure lab equipment is running efficiently.

  • 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.

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

  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to create and maintain excellent working relationships in a team environment.

  • Capability to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.


  • 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).

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.

The University of California 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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