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Commensurate with Experience
La Jolla
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Days, Variable according to experiments, 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.

#115253 Lab Technician

Extended Deadline: Thu 5/26/2022

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

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 03/23/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 04/04/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The Department of Anesthesiology employs over 200 academic and staff personnel and has an annual operating budget of $40 million in annualized resources between Practice Plan Revenues, VAMC funding, Hospital and Medical Group Funding, UC Foundation, Research Sources and School of Medicine Funds. There are over 60 clinical faculty, 12 Ph.D, faculty and post docs, 36 residents, 8 clinical fellows, 27 Certified Nurse Anesthetists, 1 Physician Assistant and four bargaining units represented. The Department provides Clinical Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Services at Hillcrest, Thornton, Shiley, Children's and the VA Medical Center. The Department operates a Pain Clinic at Perlman. The Department's research programs include bench and clinical research programs located at the VA Medical Center, MTF, CTF, Hillcrest, Thornton and Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine.

This position is located at the VAMC, in the Department of Anesthesiology Research Laboratory.

Under supervision, the incumbent will assist with neuro-specific experiments and data analysis. In addition, the incumbent performs basic laboratory operations, and organizes and cleans lab, as directed. Assigned duties and responsibilities include routine laboratory maintenance and the application of safety requirements. Assists with the preparation of standardized solutions for experimentation, assists in processing standard biochemical assays, maintains and genotypes animal colonies, and sets up rodents for experiments and other testings. Performs other related functions as required.


  • Graduation from high school or a GED and two (2) years of laboratory experience or two (2) years of laboratory experience or two years of college including courses in Biology, Anatomy or Physiology and one (1) year of laboratory experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience; and knowledges and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position.

  • Technical scientific knowledge and skills at the college "lower division" level; or acquired equivalent knowledge and skills through experience.

  • Familiarity with scientific supplies and equipment. Practical knowledge of wrapping instruments and materials for sterilization and operation of steam autoclaves.

  • Familiar with calibration and maintenance of test equipment used in animal studies.

  • Ability to perform basic mathematical computations to calculate addition, subtraction, multiplication, percentages.

  • Able to use a variety of computers, operating systems and software programs including MS Office: Excel, Word, Outlook, and other statistical analysis software.

  • Knowledge and understanding of laboratory safety and ability to work carefully with potentially harmful agents.

  • Ability to communicate with colleagues and superiors, including asking questions and notification of problems.

  • Basic knowledge of cleaning laboratory supplies and equipment.

  • Ability to create spreadsheets to track and monitor laboratory supplies.

  • Able to perform in an organized manner during periods of data collection.


  • Bachelor's or Master's in Biological Sciences, neuroscience, or related field.

  • Experience with animal behavior and breeding.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Must be willing to work with hazardous materials.
  • Must be willing to work with small animals and rodents in a laboratory setting.
  • Must be willing to work at the VA Medical Center.

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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