Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Salary Range
$20.67 - $22.28 / Hour
Appointment Type:
Limited Appointment
Appointment Percent:
TX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 5 hrs/day, Mon - Thurs

#120210 Laboratory Assistant

Filing Deadline: Fri 12/2/2022

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This is a 50% part-time limited position for 6 months with the possibility of extension or conversion to career status.


Under close supervision, incumbent will support research projects on the biological mechanisms for learning and memory in rodents and its dysfunction in medial temporal lobe epilepsy by performing laboratory duties such as assembling recording devices, surgical procedures, staining and imaging analysis, and spike sorting electrophysiological data.

In addition, incumbent will assist Principal Investigator with preparing and performing electrophysiological recordings, and behavioral testing of rodents. Other lab duties include ordering lab supplies, preparing standard solutions, histological procedures, and maintaining a safe and clean work environment. Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Graduation from high school or a GED and one year of laboratory experience OR at least two years of college including courses in the biological sciences; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Experience with and understanding of basic laboratory equipment, such as light microscopes, scales, autoclave, pH meter, perfusion pump, infusion pump, recording devices and amplifiers.

  • Demonstrated skill to work with rodents as the primary experimental system.

  • Knowledge of humane methods of caring for lab animals such as rats and mice.

  • Sensitivity to the needs of caged laboratory animals in compliance with AAALAC standards.

  • Knowledge of specialized scientific terminology especially as it is related to electrophysiology and rodent behavior.

  • Demonstrated experience to accurately prepare complex solutions, plates, media, etc.

  • Demonstrated successful, positive interpersonal oral and written communication skills using tact, diplomacy, discretion, and flexibility with diverse personalities and situations. Skill to interact effectively with faculty, academics, students, and staff including those of diverse ethnicity, culture, and foreign nationals.

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality in matters related to work.

  • Demonstrated organizational skills, including ability to keep clear and accurate records and follow written and oral lab protocols.

  • Demonstrated ability to learn new experimental methods and work independently or collaboratively with other lab members.

  • Skill and knowledge to maintain an organized lab and stocks of essential supplies and reagents, purchase lab supplies and equipment, oversee equipment repairs, and ensure lab equipment is running efficiently and maintained properly.

  • Demonstrated ability to hire, train and provide work direction to undergraduate student lab employees. Skill to train others in various lab techniques and procedures (safety precautions, preparation of media, dishwashing, equipment usage, laboratory maintenance, etc).

  • Experience and skill with MAC or PC programs, filemaking, spreadsheet, and graphics software; willingness and ability to update and increase computer skills and knowledge as needed.

  • Knowledge/understanding and at least some experience with Safety Data Sheets, hazard communication and Injury and Illness Prevention Program. Familiarity with a Chemical Hygiene Plan addressing safety precautions including appropriate clothing and shoes, safe handling of chemicals, use of protective items. Willingness and ability to keep safety training current and consistent with research involvement.

  • Willingness and demonstrated ability to embrace and consistently uphold the principles of community for a collaborative work environment.

  • Basic skills in electrophysiology and working knowledge of Ohm's Law.


  • This is a 50% part-time limited position for 6 months with the possibility of extension or conversion to career status.

  • Must be able to work with rats and mice as experimental animals.

  • Must be able to work safely with lab chemicals and biohazardous chemicals.

  • Must be willing to work overtime during the evening or weekend when necessary for experiments.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

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