Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Salary Range
$27.09 - $35.74 / Hour
Shiley Eye Institute
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
RX Contract
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Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday-Friday

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#120193 Laboratory Research

Filing Deadline: Mon 12/5/2022

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The UCSD Viterbi Family Department of Ophthalmology and Shiley Eye Institute is a global leader in research investigation in ophthalmology and visual sciences. With the increasing quantity of clinical, imaging, and testing data available in the modern era of electronic health records and digital health, ophthalmology is poised for rapid advancements in artificial intelligence and "big-data" predictive analytics. Our department is growing its research programs in computational and data science to power innovations in this space. This includes analyses of existing data as well as conducting prospective clinical research studies.

Under supervision, assisting with performing genetic research project aimed at identifying causative factors/biomarkers involved in ophthalmic diseases. Incumbent will participate in recruiting patients for clinical studies, explaining the contents of consent forms, tissue processing and maintenance of data base with records of patients and samples. In addition, perform techniques including, but not limited to experiments involving Polymease Chain Reaction (PCR), DNA and RNA extractions, transforming cell lines, processing tissue and blood samples, genotyping, mutation screening and protein analysis. Responsible for maintenance of tissue, DNA, and other samples. Other duties include maintaining research database, assisting with general laboratory maintenance, provide training to students and lab personnel, ordering supplies, disposal of biohazardous, miscellaneous laboratory waste, record keeping, maintaining accounts and preparing/renewing IRB applications.


  • Theoretical knowledge of a life science as is typically acquired by a Bachelor's Degree in a field related to the research being conducted such as biology, genetics, molecular biology or biochemistry or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Experience in general laboratory techniques and molecular techniques; biochemistry, molecular biology, basic genetics.

  • Knowledge and experience with basic and general techniques in molecular biology.

  • Ability to work with minimum supervision and to work closely and collaboratively with others including the ability to follow written and oral instructions.

  • Demonstrated ability to prepare solutions at proper concentrations, operate analytical balances and perform accurate calculations.

  • Ability to communicate clearly and interact with patients.

  • Ability to read and interpret protocols and policies.

  • Experience in operating various lab instruments including balance and autoclave.

  • Experience with measuring, weighing, and mixing chemicals.

  • Experience with personal computers. Ability to use database and spreadsheet.

  • This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. It is understood that all Department of Ophthalmology staff will also perform other reasonably related duties if requested by their supervisor or other leadership personnel. It is customary for staff to assist and support their colleagues during times of peak workload, as appropriate and as approved by supervisors.


  • Experience with calibration and maintenance of test equipment used in fluid/tissue analysis.

  • Familiarity with recruiting, screening, tracking and retaining subjects for research studies,


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

  • Must be willing to work with patients, process patients’ blood and tissue samples and work in patient and animal-related research environment.

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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