Job Description

Payroll Title:
PEDIATRICS/ Host-Microbe Systems and Therapeutics
Salary Range
Commensurate with Experience
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
TX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
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.

#109770 Lab Technician Assistant

Initial Review Date: Tue 4/19/2022

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 06/7/21 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 06/17/21. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

This position will remain open until filled.

Depending on the experience of the selected candidate, this position will be hired at the LAB AST 1 or LAB AST 2 level.


The incumbent will work in the UCSD Biochemical Genetics Laboratory which is a California Licensed, CLIA and CAP approved Clinical Laboratory. The Biochemical Genetics Lab is an independent reference laboratory that performs clinical tests for pediatric metabolic disorders, as well as clinical testing related to COVID-19. Under supervision, this position involves setting up and assisting with accessioning of clinical samples, extraction of nucleic acids, qPCR or other nucleic acid detection methods, and protein assays. Clerical responsibilities to include worksheet generation, report generation, filing, data management, supply inventories and report generation in laboratory information systems.


  • Graduation from high school or a GED and two (2) years of laboratory experience or two (2) years of college including courses in the natural, physical or social sciences and one (1) year of laboratory experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience and knowledge and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position.

  • Thorough knowledge of or experience in basic laboratory techniques.

  • Ability and willingness to handle and work with human biospecimens and other bio-hazardous, toxic, and carcinogenic materials, and to recognize safety problems. Ability to follow established Safety and Bio-hazardous Material Guidelines.

  • Knowledge of the operation and maintenance of various lab equipment such as centrifuges, spectrophotometers, balances, pH meters, and electrophoresis equipment.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of or experience with DNA and RNA isolation, RTPCR and qPCR.

  • Proficient with the operation of PC's and associated software, including Word, Excel, etc. ability to work with and learn new software for data-analysis.

  • Knowledge of and ability to adhere to established UCSD guidelines for safety and environmental issues.

  • Superb oral and written communication skills.

  • Ability to keep accurate and well-organized lab records, lab notebook and computer data files.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Must be available for working according to variable schedules including occasional weekends.
  • Must be willing to work occasional extended shifts and/or flexible hours.
  • Willingness to work with human embryonic stem cells.
  • Must be willing to work with hazardous materials.
  • Must have access to reliable transportation.
  • Must be willing to travel off-site.

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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