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Shiley Eye Institute
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Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday-Friday

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#112655 Laboratory Assistant I

Filing Deadline: Mon 1/31/2022

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 10/28/21 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor. a Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 11/8/21. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

Depending on experience of the selected candidate, this position will be hired at a Lab Ast 1 or Lab Ast 2 level


Under supervision, assist with the recruit of patients for the study, perform basic laboratory duties including answering telephones, inventory of lab supplies, receiving lab specimens and maintenance of laboratory animals. Incumbent will assist and support the PI, trainees and technicians in carrying out experiments, making routine analysis and preparing solutions, managing laboratory records. Technical functions include assisting with the preparation of solutions, buffers, and complex reagents, performing immunocytochemistry, cell culture, blood sample analysis, database maintenance, and operating lab equipment. Assist and support supervisor and laboratory personnel in lab organization of specimens and lab procedures/protocols, ordering supplies.


  • Graduation from high school or a GED and one (1) year of laboratory experience or two (2) years of college including courses in the in the natural, physical or social sciences and two (2) years of laboratory experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Experience, measuring and weighing chemicals, preparing solutions and serial dilutions; and knowledge and ability to prepare a variety of reagents, media, and buffers.

  • Familiarity with assisting in procedures such as but not limited to, biochemical assay, DNA and RNA extraction and quantification, genotyping, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), sequencing, and mutation screening, cell culture.

  • Demonstrated experience with and understanding of basic laboratory equipment.

  • Prior experience and knowledge of proper handling, storage and disposal of hazardous materials.

  • Proficient with MS Windows suite and databases. Ability to work with a variety of computer applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Photoshop) and with ability to increase skills and knowledge as needed.


  • Familiarity with laboratory animal handling.
  • Knowledge of working with patient populations in clinical settings.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Willing to work with histology processing solvents, patient blood and tissue samples.
  • Willing to handle and euthanize small experimental animals such as rodent, rabbit, guinea pig.
  • Flexibility to adjust work schedule to accommodate varying work loads, including ability to work weekends, evenings and overtime if needed.

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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