Job Description

Payroll Title:
CANCER CENTER/Hematologic Malignancies
Hiring Pay Scale
$27.09 - $43.58 / Hour
Moores Cancer Center
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
RX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday- Friday

#121777 Lab Research Associate

Extended Deadline: Wed 3/22/2023

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

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

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 03/03/2023 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 03/14/2023. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The Moores Cancer Center is one of just 53 NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the United States and the only one in San Diego County. As a consortium cancer center, it is a collaborative partnership between the UCSD: encompassing 14 departments (12 clinical, 2 basic sciences), 3 professional schools (School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Public Health), UCSD Health oncology hospitals and clinics; the basic and public health research and outreach of San Diego State University, and the basic and translational research of the La Jolla Institute of Immunology.

These various programs and units are all dedicated to fulfilling the Moores Cancer Center's mission of reducing cancer's burden. As such, it ranks among the top centers in the nation conducting the continuum of cancer research, providing advanced patient care, and serving the community through outreach and education programs. As a top-ranking, future-oriented organization, we offer challenging career opportunities in a fast-paced and innovative environment. Moores Cancer Center follows a progressive philosophy of career-path development for its employees including opportunities for cross-training, professional development, and progressive responsibility.

MCC's mission is to transform cancer care in our catchment area and beyond by driving exceptional scientific discoveries, and innovations in prevention, detection, care, and training. MCC will make a global impact on improving health by reducing cancer burden through accelerated discovery and translation, compassionate and interdisciplinary care, education and community engagement, with the foundation of our core values - Excellence, Innovation and Risk-Taking, Collaboration, Diversity and Service.

Within a leading blood cancer research laboratory, the incumbent will perform duties in a Hematology/Oncology research laboratory specializing in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL). This laboratory receives samples from patients with leukemia, runs clinical trials, conducts experiments on the patient samples to evaluate and understand the biology of this leukemia.

Under supervision, the incumbent will participate in molecular biology experiments, organize the data, and prepare summaries for the supervisor. Incumbent will perform specific molecular biology techniques including DNA isolation for sequencing specific leukemia genes, RNA isolation, cDNA synthesis, PCR, RT-PCR, agarose and SDS PAGE electrophoresis, western blotting. Independently perform sterile tissue culture techniques, including processing patient samples and storing patient samples per protocols and established lab procedures. Review new protocols to characterize the patient samples related to targeted genome sequencing and independently perform and analyze flow cytometry data using FlowJo software.

Responsible for performing accurate summaries in the laboratory notebook and keep records using word and excel databases. Incumbent must be able to work independently and with a team of scientists. The position will involve learning and independently performing new techniques at the forefront of cancer therapy and immunobiology.


  • Theoretical background and practical knowledge of molecular biology, immunology and biochemistry and microbiology.

  • Experience performing molecular and cellular immunology techniques including: DNA isolation, RNA isolation, PCR, RT-PCR, ELISA assays, immunophenotyping, vector purifications, DNA isolation and transfection, PAGE and Western blotting.

  • Knowledge and experience working with proteins, antibodies and cell culture techniques. Knowledge and experience regarding the use of antibodies in flow cytometry and ELISA.

  • Experience in the design, construction, production and use of plasmid vectors for recombinant antibody production.

  • Experience working with small animal and small animal dissection.

  • Experience in the production, purification and characterization of recombinant antibody molecules.

  • Experience in the assessment and measurement of Ab binding and affinity by ELISA, flow cytometry and immunoblot.

  • Experience with assessment of Ab binding affinity by solution phase measurements using the KinExa 3200 instrument.

  • Knowledge and experience with the culture of primary CLL cells and cell lines. Excellent tissue culture technique.

  • Excellent interpersonal, as well as written and verbal communication skills (using grammatically correct written English and accurate typing) to interact with a variety of personalities at all levels of the organization, exercising tact, mature judgment, diplomacy, and flexibility to promote positive working relationships and job effectiveness. Strong skill at negotiating with various personalities and developing internal and external network of contacts. Excellent phone etiquette skills.

  • Proficient at maintaining accurate detail records of procedures and techniques within laboratory notebook. Strong attention to detail required in file and record keeping duties.

  • Strong knowledge and ability to use computer software applications including word processing and database applications and email.

  • Experience with basic laboratory equipment such as centrifuges, spectrophotometers, balances, pH meters, autoclaves and electrophoresis equipment.

  • Knowledge, experience and willingness to handle blood, plasma and other human specimens for processing. Be willing and able to work with human samples, animals, biohazardous materials and radioactivity.

  • Ability to read clinical protocol and interpret the time line of sample acquisitions time points. Knowledge to process samples according to specific protocols.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality.
  • Must be willing and able to work weekends and evenings when necessary.
  • Must be able to handle blood samples and be trained for biohazards.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $56,564 - $90,995 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $27.09 - $43.58

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).

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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