Job Description

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Commensurate with Experience
East Campus
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TX Contract
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Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday - Friday

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

#119241 Lab Assistant I

Filing Deadline: Thu 12/8/2022

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 10/10/22 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 10/20/22. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

A hybrid schedule with part-time in the office and part-time remote work will be available for this position


UCSD’s 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.

Under supervision, the lab assistant will be responsible for assisting in executing biochemical, microbiological, and molecular biology experiments using tissue culture cells, mammalian tissue samples, and on live animals (mice). In addition, the laboratory assistant will be expected to perform general lab tasks, including preparation of reagents/solutions, maintenance of lab equipment, and assurance of lab safety/regulatory compliance.


  • Graduation from high school or a General Education Diploma and one year of laboratory experience or two years of college including courses in the natural, physical or social 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.

  • 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.

  • Demonstrated 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.

  • Experience with mammalian cell culture, western blotting, microscopy and cell viability assays.

  • Experience presenting research results in lab meeting format.

  • Experience writing part or all of submitted or published thesis or research manuscripts.

  • Theoretical knowledge of cell/molecular biology, biochemistry and/or other demonstrated equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Willing to work with mice.

  • Ability to work on weekends to maintain cell or tissue cultures when necessary.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

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 is the only academic health system in the San Diego region, providing leading-edge care in patient care, biomedical research, education, and community service. Our facilities include two university hospitals, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, the only Burn Center in the county, and and dozens of outpatient clinics. We invite you to join our team!

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