Job Description

Payroll Title:
LAB AST 1
Department:
ORTHOPAEDIC SURGERY
Salary Range
Commensurate with Experience
Worksite:
La Jolla
Appointment Type:
Career
Appointment Percent:
100%
Union:
TX Contract
Total Openings:
1
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hour shifts, 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.

#116770 Laboratory Assistant

Extended Deadline: Fri 12/9/2022

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

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 06/10/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 06/21/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

DESCRIPTION

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is a vibrant and growing Orthopaedic Surgery Department of 48 full-time faculty and 50 voluntary faculty, 4 physicians on MSP contracts, 32 trainees, and 34 staff that supports and participates in the academic, clinical, and research mission of UC San Diego. The Department generates over $12M in clinical revenue, and $5M (NIH & other) in research grants and contracts, with total annual expenditures exceeding $30M. The Department is a comprehensive orthopaedic group located in San Diego that offers a full spectrum of musculoskeletal clinical care, specializing in foot and ankle, hand, joint reconstruction, physical medicine and rehabilitation, spine, sports, and trauma. Research expertise includes advancements in muscle metabolism and physiology, neuromuscular bioengineering, intervertebral disc, and musculoskeletal physiology and epidemiology.

Under close supervision of the PI, the Lab Assistant will work at the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute to assist with performing basic work in neuro-musculo-skeletal translational research projects including osteoarthritis animal models, disc degeneration models, nerve injury and disease models, as well as in vitro studies. This Lab Assistant 1 will also assist with basic tissue preparation for immunohistochemistry and will aid in extracting total proteins for western blotting, total genomic DNA for PCR, or total RNA for reverse transcription into cDNA. The Lab Assistant 1 will assist with basic media and buffer preparation, learn and maintain laboratory equipment, have strong organizational skills to maintain lab stock databases, and work to ensure that laboratory spaces are clean, safe and compliant with University regulations. In addition, Lab Assistant 1 will assist with basic animal husbandry (mice, rats, and rabbits), and occasionally transport biological specimens from the operating rooms to the laboratory.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Two years of college level coursework in cellular and molecular biology or related science and/or one year basic laboratory experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Demonstrated ability to assist the PI in research techniques in cellular and molecular biology.

  • Skill to plan and organize work assignments in an efficient and productive manner.

  • Manual dexterity and legible handwriting. Perform general lab maintenance, including cleaning and restocking supplies and manage a regular schedule in the lab.

  • Demonstrated effective time management skills. Good organizational skills to order and maintain lab equipment and supplies.

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

  • Willingness to learn new techniques and tasks and share knowledge to inform and teach students and paraprofessionals new techniques.

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

  • Experience with the operation of a personal computer and software application, such as Access, MS Word and Excel. Knowledge to work with and learn new software for analysis

  • Effective and diplomatic oral and written communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to work with a variety of personnel from different laboratories and instruct in optimal procedures for assays.

  • 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. Demonstrated ability to assist in the writing of papers for publication, research proposals

  • Willingness and ability to work with rabbits/rodents and/or other lab animals and/or infected samples, if required.

  • Demonstrated skill to work with animals, as well as animal and human tissues.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS

  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.

  • Must be available to work some weekends & evenings to complete experiments.


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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