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La Jolla
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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.

#111956 Lab Assistant I

Extended Deadline: Thu 1/20/2022

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 position will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 10/05/21 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 10/14/21. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


UCSD Department of Dermatology was founded in January 2015 bringing together a team of 70 faculty members specializing in Adult and Pediatric & Adolescent Dermatology, making us one of the largest Dermatology programs in the nation. Our faculty are experts in their fields and are involved in a wide range of clinical, education and research endeavors. UCSD Dermatology has an extensive basic science and clinical research portfolio that allows for substantial funding support from NIH and extramural sources. Dermatology faculties have rich programs of skin research focused on immunology, microbiology, genetics and cancer.

They have funded research programs on: 1) studies on the development of the innate immune system and its interaction with the skin microbiome, 2) trials comparing alternative treatments for management of psoriasis, rosacea and atopic dermatitis biologics, 3) studies of biomarkers for acne and acne rosacea, 4) the study of genetics and epigenetics of human skin development and progression to disease, 5) atopic dermatitis inflammation and antimicrobial peptides and 6) skin cancer development and melanoma acquired drug resistance.

The Lab Assistant will be located at the Dermatology Research labs, specifically in the DiNardo Lab. The dermatology labs are located at the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) at UC San Diego, established in 2010 as part of a national consortium of 60 medical research institutions created to energize bench-to-bedside efforts.

The Lab Assistant will engage in assisting postdoctoral fellow and senior scientists working on skin innate immune projects related to microbiome and immune-tolerance. Under supervision, the Lab Assistant will assist with preparation and execution of experiments using biological and chemical materials. Tasks will include preparation of standardized media and reagents; upkeep of laboratory apparatus and facilities; ordering and organization of laboratory supplies; record-keeping and organization of experimental outputs on the laboratory computer notebook and databases. The assistant will have an opportunity to observe and aid senior laboratory members with experiments involving cell culture, PCR, specimen sectioning, molecular cloning, genotyping and gel electrophoresis.


  • One (1) year of laboratory experience or two (2) years of college including courses in the biological sciences; 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 doing standard and routine laboratory tasks.

  • Willingness to work with small animals (mice) and to assist in procedures in compliance with standards and protections (ACP and IACUC).

  • Demonstrated ability to follow written and verbal protocols, techniques, and instructions.

  • Demonstrated organizational skills to order and maintain lab reagents and supplies, and keep accurate lab records and computer files using Excel.

  • Willingness to convey skin specimens between nearby facilities (short walking distance)

  • Experience making decisions, analyzing situations, problem solving, and initiating action for laboratory maintenance.

  • Willingness to learn new theory, techniques, and tasks and share knowledge.

  • Skill to accurately organize, store, and retrieve samples, chemicals, and supplies.

  • Ability to read, comprehend, discuss, and present research materials.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Biological Science discipline.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

  • This position requires handling of small animals (mice).

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

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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