Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Salary Range
$20.07 - $21.21 /hour
Appointment Type:
Limited Appointment
Appointment Percent:
TX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri

#114959 Lab Assistant 2

Extended Deadline: Mon 5/23/2022

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

This a 100% limited appointment for twelve (12) months with the possibility of extending or conversion to career status, based on needs of the department and funding availability.

Job posting will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified.


Under supervision, the incumbent will assist the PI and other researchers in Brain Initiative Grant research.

Perform a variety of standard experimental procedures, tissue and virus preparation, viral injections and brain dissection. In addition, incumbent is responsible for mouse colony maintenance and overseeing mouse husbandry, breeding, genotyping and record keeping. Incumbent will also perform routine laboratory maintenance duties including maintaining cleanliness of lab space, glassware and equipment; ordering supplies, and following safety protocols.


  • Theoretical knowledge of biochemistry, molecular biology, immunology and genetics, including relevant laboratory techniques, acquired through a Bachelor’s degree in biology or related field; and/or equivalent combination of education and laboratory experience.

  • Experience in the preparation of scientific reagents including common buffers and stock solutions

  • Knowledge and experience with basic laboratory equipment such as centrifuges, micro-pipettes, biosafety cabinets, incubators, autoclaves, balances, pH meters, and microscopes

  • Demonstrated experience handling mice (restraining, ear tagging, injections, and surgery etc.), brain dissection, tissue preparation and virus preparation.

  • Demonstrated knowledege of laboratory techniques (pipetting, solution preparation, dosage calculation, etc.).

  • Effective interpersonal communication skills to interact well with others to facilitate communication about lab requirements including the ability to discuss and understand day-to-day laboratory affairs, research plans, results and ideas with PI and other lab personnel in a constructive, professional and pleasant manner.

  • Excellent organizational skills including the ability to keep clear and accurate records, organize a varied workload, follow written and oral protocols and give oral presentations on the progress of research in lab meetings. Proven ability to prioritize and schedule experiments and duties to maximize efficiency.

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

  • Demonstrated ability to contribution to the preparation and editing of scientific papers, manuscripts, and lab data. Experience presenting research to formal audience.

  • Proven knowledge of MSDS's (Material Data Safety Sheets) and the hazard communication and Injury and Illness and Prevention Program (IIPP). Knowledge of laboratory safety precautions including appropriate clothing, safe handling of chemicals, and the use of protective items.

  • Familiar with federal guidelines for Good Laboratory Practices for humane use of animals. AAALAC or AALAS certifications desirable. Knowledge of research animal care protocols and procedures as defined by AAALAC and AALAS, and governmental agencies, and sensitivity to the humane care of animals in research.


  • Willing and able to work a flexible schedule, including occasional overtime during evenings and weekends.

  • The incumbent must be willing to work with rodents as experimental animals, and have no allergies to them.

  • Must have good eyesight (normal or corrected) and dexterity to perform research duties.Must be willing and able to work safely with hazardous materials.

  • Background check required.

  • This a 100% limited appointment for twelve (12) months with the possibility of extending or conversion to career status, based on needs of the department and funding availability.

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

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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