Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Pay Scale
$21.39 - $23.06 / Hour
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
TX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri

#126963 Lab Assistant 2

Extended Review Date: Tue 2/27/2024

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.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 12/6/23 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 12/19/23. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

Job posting will remain open until a suitable candidate has been identified.


This position involves supporting research in the lab investigating mechanisms of viral pathogenesis. Under close supervision of the primary investigator (PI), the incumbent will assist in conducting routine tissue culture work, molecular cloning, protein analysis assays like western blot and ELISA, expression/purification of viral proteins, and mouse husbandry including some in vivo experiments. Mouse work includes maintaining a mouse colony, crossing mice to make new genetic lines, genotyping mice, conducting viral infections, and conduct vascular leak assays.

In addition, the successful candidate will assist in laboratory management work including preparation of reagents, maintaining lab equipment, making/maintaining an inventory of samples, ordering lab supplies, learning proper storage and disposal of biohazardous waste, and training of new lab members. The incumbent will also assist other lab members in experiments and perform other duties as needed.


  • Graduation from high school or a GED and two years of laboratory experience OR two years of college including courses in the biological sciences; OR an equivalent combination of education and 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 knowledege of laboratory techniques (pipetting, solution preparation, dosage calculation, etc.).

  • Excellent 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.

  • Proven ability to develop, follow and troubleshoot established lab protocols and lab procedures with direction from PI

  • 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.

  • Ability to make contributions to the preparation and editing of scientific papers, manuscripts, and lab data.

  • 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.

  • Enthusiasm for learning and a genuine interest in scientific research. Willingness and ability to learn new skills, research methods, and scientific principles.

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

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

  • Familiarity with basic and general techniques in cell biology and molecular biology, including knowledge of PCR, gel electrophoresis, DNA cloning, and plasmid preps.


  • Must be available to work variable schedules according to what is needed for experiments. This means that working evenings or weekends may be required on occasion.

  • Willingness to work with viruses including dengue virus, Zika virus, Kunjin virus, a vaccine strain of yellow fever virus, norovirus, astrovirus, vesicular stomatitis virus, human coronaviruses, and replication incompetent lentiviruses.

  • Willingness to work with mice.

  • Willingness to work with human cell lines that may harbor human pathogens.

  • Willingness to work with hazardous chemicals.

  • Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check results.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $44,662 - $52,513 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $21.39 - $25.15

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).

If employed by the University of California, you will be required to comply with our Policy on Vaccination Programs, which may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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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