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

#116361 Lab Assistant 2

Extended Deadline: Mon 7/11/2022

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

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 05/18/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 05/30/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The UCSD Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences is composed of 65 faculty 14 clinical fellows, 4 Assistant Project Scientists/Postdoctoral Fellows. The department is composed of 7 divisions: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Gynecologic Oncology, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Hospitalist, Family Planning and Urogynecologic and Reconstructive Surgery. The department is currently ranked 5th in the nation in NIH funding among ObGyn departments.

This Lab Assistant 2 will work at the Moore's Cancer Center under the supervision of the P.I. to performing mouse tumor experiments in support of NIH-funded research. Three main lab functions are mouse colony maintenance, mouse tumor biology, and lab support. Main responsibilities are to perform breeding, monitoring, and weening of mice colonies. Previous experience required. Assist and learn (to independence) experimental implantation of ovarian tumor cells in mice. Assist and learn (to independence) experimental administration of agents to mice by gavage or injection. Candidate will have strong communication, team work, and recording keeping skills. Candidate will assist with media and buffer preparation, learn and maintain laboratory equipment, have strong organizational skills to maintain lab stocks, and work to ensure that laboratory spaces are clean, safe and compliant with University regulations.


  • Theoretical knowledge of microbiology and cellular and molecular biology.

  • Ability to assist with basic aseptic and tissue culture techniques.

  • Ability to work with cell culture, media preparation, and DNA electrophoresis.

  • Ability to follow step-wise experimental protocols.

  • Willingness and ability to handle small animals.

  • Ability to use basic laboratory equipment including centrifuges, spectrophotometers, balances, pH meters, and electrophoresis equipment.

  • Willingness to become familiar with proper handling of chemical and biohazardmaterials.

  • Willingness to adhere to established UCSD guidelines for safety andenvironmental issues.

  • Familiarity with computer software and databases to analyze data, store results and compute raw data.

  • Willingness to learn organizational skills as they relate to maintain lab equipmentand supplies.

  • Willingness to work with other staff members, students, faculty etc.

  • Ability to perform basic PCR, and cloning techniques.


  • Experience in handling mice, performing oral gavage, and colony weaning.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Must be available to work some weekends and evenings to complete experiments.

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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