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As a federally-funded institution, UC San Diego Health maintains a marijuana and drug free campus. New employees are subject to drug screening.

#113115 Laboratory Assistant I

Extended Review Date: 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

This position will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 12/01/2021 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 12/08/2021. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


UCSD Department of Psychiatry is one of the most innovative and productive academic departments in the country, offering challenging career opportunities in the diverse areas of advanced educational programs, cutting-edge research, and state-of-the art clinical services. The department is committed to offering a dynamic learning environment and growing opportunities to its talented and dedicated employees.

Under supervision, the incumbent will be working as a Laboratory Assistant in the Department of Psychiatry. The incumbent will assist with experiments of drug self-administration in rats, intravenous and intracranial surgeries, keep journals and publication files up to date, assist in maintaining lab cleanliness, and assist the supervisor with other tasks as required. Assist with processing tissue for image analysis to support investigation of changes in neuronal connectivity (e.g. transcardial perfusions, sectioning, IHC, mounting slides), producing consistent detailed results analyzing tissue via imaging software (imageJ) and assist with standard animal behavioral testing and protocols. Assist with caring for rat colony (Doxycycline treatment) through animal husbandry to support all laboratory research.


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

  • Demonstrated experience handling rats/mice. Experience in assisting with caring for rat colonies through animal husbandry to support all laboratory research.

  • Strong organizational and record-keeping skills. Experience with filing, alphabetizing and clerical tasks.

  • General laboratory experience. Ability to assist with reagent preparation, autoclaving, ordering lab supplies.

  • Ability to maintain lab equipment by performing the following tasks: set-up, operation, test, calibrate, and clean used equipment, including walk-in incubator, environment chambers, colony counters, microscopes, micro centrifuges, hi-speed centrifugation, ultra-centrifugation, gyratory water baths, scintillation counters, autoclaves, spectrophotometer, and audio-visual equipment.

  • Ability to run updates and install a variety of different software platforms with minimal supervision (Systat, Sigmaplot, SPSS, End Note, BMDP, Adobe, Mozilla, etc.).

  • Proficiency in MS Office. Ability to resolve computer equipment malfunctions.

  • Familiarity with behavioral models of drug self-administration, behavioral assays (EPM, open field, von frey).


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Must be willing to euthanize mice and rats.
  • Must be able to work nights and weekends if necessary.

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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