Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Pay Scale
$23.83 - $24.32 / Hour
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
TX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
8 hrs/day, Mon - Fri, occasional evening if required

#121704 Lab Assistant 3

Extended Deadline: Mon 4/3/2023

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.

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 03/03/8/23 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 03/20/23. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

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


Under supervision, incumbent will manage the satellite mouse facility. Work with Animal Care Program to coordinate mouse deliveries, housing and daily care. Manage mouse breeding colonies, including genotyping and mating. Provide technical training and assistance to lab members. Attend lab meetings and contribute to the discussions on research. Manage AALAS compliance, personnel training, lab safety, lab equipment and supplies. Maintain laboratory infrastructure, manage records, take inventory and order supplies for the lab. Manage animal resources, providing guidance to other lab members for animal care.

Under supervision, the incumbent will assist with research projects working with laboratory animals. Apply conventional methods, combining neuroanatomical, histological and behavioral approaches, perform experiments that aim to identify neural activity underlying behavior and learning. Implement laboratory and surgical protocols and provide training to staff lab assistants, postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students in same. Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Graduation from high school or a GED and three (3) years of laboratory experience or two (2) years of college including courses in biochemistry, molecular biology or genetics and two (2) years of laboratory experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience; and knowledge and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position.

  • Experience working with mice in laboratory setting. Must be proficient in handling them. Experience in behavioral studies with rodents preferred.

  • Experience in managing mouse colonies, including genotyping, crossing and creating and maintaining accurate breeding records.

  • Knowledge of animal protocols and experience with animal care procedures, husbandry, anesthesia/analgesia requirements, postoperative care, euthanasia, experimental use records and carcass disposal of UCSD or another accredited institute.

  • Practical knowledge of cellular, molecular, and genetic biology, with demonstrated ability to perform independent scientific inquiry in neurobiology.

  • Experience in small rodent surgery including anesthesiology procedures and chemical injections. Excellent experience and ability to perform brain surgeries, including precise and stereotaxic injections of dyes and viruses, and adaptive use of different brain atlases for precise injections of tracer compounds.

  • Good hand/eye coordination and surgical skills and knowledge for fine dissection. Ability to learn new surgical techniques with minimal instructions. Ability to improve surgical protocols independently when possible.

  • Demonstrated skills in histology, including perfusion, brain sectioning, immunostaining, routine neurohistology staining (e.g. Nissl and myelin), counterstaining including Giemsa and toluidin blue, labeling enhancement (gold, silver, nickel) and imaging (both epi and confocal).

  • Experience in stoichiometry and chemistry for preparation of histological reagents, immunocytochemistry, and laboratory stock solutions. Knowledge of necessary care and precautions for use and storage of antisera, reagents, and for handling of hazardous and carcinogenic chemicals.

  • Proven ability to develop, follow and trouble-shoot established lab protocols and lab procedures with direction from PI.

  • Ability to coordinate research projects and provide work direction as needed to lab personnel.

  • Ability to learn the scientific research of lab. Willingness and ability to learn new skills, research methods, and scientific principles.

  • Extensive knowledge/understanding and 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.

  • Well-versed 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.

  • Solid computer skills in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, email etc. with the ability to independently learn new programs.

  • Excellent English verbal and written communications skills, to articulate information on one’s position, plan of action, evaluation or interpretation in a professional, logical, clear, effective, concise, and courteous manner. Skill at negotiating with various personalities and developing an internal and external network of contacts.

  • Effective interpersonal skills including tact, diplomacy and flexibility with the ability and experience to work in a team framework in conjunction with principles of community with staff, faculty and students. Participate and contribute to discussions regarding procedures and goals of department.


  • Must be willing to work occasional overtime on evenings and weekends as required to keep steady workflow and meet deadlines.

  • Must be able to work with rodents as animal subjects, and to work with bio-hazardous materials.

  • Must have good hand/eye coordination for animal surgery duties, etc.

  • Background check is required.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $49,757 - $59,195 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $23.83 - $28.35

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.

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