Job Description

Payroll Title:
CANCER CENTER/Hematologic Malignancies
Salary Range
Commensurate with Experience
Moores Cancer Center
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
RX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday-Friday

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#116651 Lab Research Assistant

Extended Review Date: Tue 7/5/2022

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 06/13/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 06/22/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The Moores Cancer Center is one of just 51 in the United States to hold a National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center. As such, it ranks among the top centers in the nation conducting basic and clinical cancer research, providing advanced patient care and serving the community through outreach and education programs. The Cancer Center's mission is to translate promising scientific discoveries into new and better options for the care of patients with cancer. The Center supports one of the broadest ranges of cancer activities in the nation - from fundamental and translational cancer research in molecular genetics and advanced molecular therapeutics, and from population studies of cancer incidence to community education about cancer prevention and risk reduction.

Under direct supervision, assist with performing experiments related to vaccine adjuvant development and cancer pharmacology research projects. Assist in performing biochemical, cell biological and molecular pharmacology experiments on normal and malignant cells in vitro and in vivo. Assist in conducting studies of the antitumor activity of drugs in animals and tissue culture, and pharmacokinetic studies of new anticancer drugs in animals. Perform data analysis and generate report. Maintain laboratory equipment and assist laboratory management to provide support for students, post-docs and general laboratory operations. Other duties assigned as needed.


  • Theoretical knowledge of life science as is typically required by a Bachelor's Degree in a field related to the research such as biology, molecular biology, immunology, and biochemistry.

  • Experience working with tissue culture, Western blotting, cloning, PCR, bacterial growth and handling.

  • Knowledge of plasmid preparation, isolation of DNA and RNA, gel electrophoresis, calculation of drug and buffer concentrations.

  • Knowledge of spectrophotometers and other routine laboratory equipment, such as centrifuge machine and microscope. Knowledge of handling and proper usage of glassware and plasticware.

  • Knowledge of sterile techniques and tissue culture.

  • Strong communication skills (both verbal and written) needed to interact professionally and effectively in the work environment, as well as effectively and accurately document research procedures. Ability to read, comprehend and discuss research materials.

  • Ability to follow UCSD Safety and Hazardous Materials guidelines. Ability and willingness to work with hazardous materials such as blood/tissue. Understanding of safety procedures and guidelines.

  • Absolute honesty regarding conduct of experiments and data; neat and well-organized recording of data and experimental details.

  • Ability to work with others in an integrated project: the position requires daily interaction with other technical staff members, as well as the project team leader.

  • Must be detail-oriented and able to follow verbal and/or written instructions as well as basic research protocols. Ability to follow-up. Ability to accurately record data and enter into appropriate medium.

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


  • Familiarity with Western blot techniques to check protein phosphorylation.

  • Experience with murine animal experiments including standard animal handling and care procedures. Ability to assist with IV, IM, SC, and IP tumor and drug injections.

  • Knowledge of computer software programs such as Excel, MS Word, and Power point. Ability to enter records accurately into database programs such as File Maker Pro.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

  • Must be willing and able to work with biohazardous materials, and small animals.

  • Must be willing and able to work some weekends and after hours as needed.

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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