Job Description

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Commensurate with Experience
La Jolla
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RX Contract
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Days, 4 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.

#120078 Lab Tech

Filing Deadline: Mon 12/5/2022

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

This is a UC San Diego Internal Recruitment open to UCSD and UCSD Health System Staff Only

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 11/17/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 11/28/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The Department of Medicine is responsible for fulfilling the teaching, research, and clinical missions of the University of California, San Diego and employs 500+ full-time salaried faculty members and 150+ academic appointees. Staff personnel include 800+ staff in 9 bargaining units, students, and volunteers. There are over 250 clinical faculties practicing at multiple sites and hospitals. Professional fee billings for the department exceed $50 million with collections of over $19 million per year. The total annual budget is approximately $200 million, which includes contract and grant revenues, clinical practice and medical center funds, and other state and private endowment funds.

Under supervision from Principal Investigator (PI) in the Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine Division, the Lab Technician supports and assists with the translational research efforts for a variety of research projects focusing primarily on rat and mouse physiology. Responsible for independently coordinating and managing research studies, to include writing and updating protocols, running cellular and molecular assays, running mouse studies, data collection and entry, trouble-shooting and problem solving. The Lab Technician will perform and assist with animal husbandry to support the production of mutant mice for experiments, including mating, weaning, and genotyping, and will maintain accurate records. The Lab Technician will assist in ensuring IACUC protocol compliance, keeping drugs up to date, monitoring animals, running physiologic studies, and maintenance of accurate and complete research notebooks and data files. The Lab Technician will support in vivo experiments using intact rats/mice (e.g., administration of drugs by injection and oral gavage, measuring lung function and monitoring body weight); ex vivo experiments using isolated rat/mouse lung; and isolation or preparation of primary cells from rat/mouse lung. The Lab Technician will also participate in handling and processing lung tissue from human donors.


  • Theoretical knowledge in biology, immunology, microbiology, or related field.

  • Experience with interpretation and understanding of research protocols.

  • Experience working in a laboratory research setting with knowledge of protocols, principles and standards.

  • Experience working with mice and/or rats in a laboratory setting.

  • Experience in molecular and cellular biology (e.g., CRISPR gas, single-cell RNAseq, gene transfection and knock-out, linear tracing.)

  • Excellent planning and organizational skills and ability to work in a changing, multiple-demand setting in order to prioritize a large volume of work and meet deadlines efficiently and accurately.

  • Demonstrated experience using database, word processing and spreadsheet applications.

  • Good interpersonal skills, including excellent written and verbal communication skills; ability to with a diverse group of people to include physicians, researchers and students.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

  • Must be willing to travel to occasional meetings and work weekends and evenings as needed.

  • Must be willing to work with mice, human blood, bacteria and biohazardous materials.

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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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.

UC San Diego Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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