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Moores Cancer Center
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#117920 Laboratory Research Assistant

Filing Deadline: Wed 8/17/2022

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UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 08/08/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

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The Moores Cancer Center is one of just 52 NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the United States and the only one in San Diego County. As a consortium cancer center, it is a collaborative partnership between the UCSD: encompassing 14 departments (12 clinical, 2 basic sciences), 3 professional schools (School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Public Health), UCSD Health oncology hospitals and clinics; the basic and public health research and outreach of San Diego State University, and the basic and translational research of the La Jolla Institute of Immunology. These various programs and units are all dedicated to fulfilling the Moores Cancer Center's mission of reducing cancer's burden. As such, it ranks among the top centers in the nation conducting the continuum of cancer research, providing advanced patient care, and serving the community through outreach and education programs.

As a top-ranking, future-oriented organization, we offer challenging career opportunities in a fast-paced and innovative environment. Moores Cancer Center Business Office follows a progressive philosophy of career-path development for its employees including opportunities for cross-training, professional development, and progressive responsibility.

Under supervision, provide support for current scientific research projects in the lab. Assist with molecular biology and biochemistry techniques, including gel electrophoresis, DNA cloning, transformation of bacteria, plasmid sequence verifications, plasmid purification, DNA band purification from agarose gel, PCR and quantitative real-time PCR. Assist with mammalian cell culture, freezing and thawing mammalian cells, transfection of cells with plasmid DNA or siRNA. Assist with mouse husbandry, disease analysis and genotyping. Responsible for general laboratory management such as keeping accurate records of antibodies, DNA vectors, bacterial stocks and general chemical stocks, and the maintenance of a safe and clean workplace. Other duties assigned as needed.


  • Theoretical knowledge of biology, cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry or related field.

  • Ability to work with basic molecular biology techniques such as cloning, protein/DNA purification, Polymerase Chain Reaction, quantitative real time PCR, SDS-PAGE electrophoresis, and GST-pull down.

  • Ability to perform routine cell culture work such as maintaining cell lines, harvesting cells for assays, treating cells, counting cells, and preparing cells for long term storage.

  • Ability to handle cell line and plasmid requests from other laboratories and follow proper shipment procedures for requested plasmids and cell lines (in compliance with the Codes of Federation for Transportation and IATA).

  • Knowledge of basic math for maintaining ledgers, income and expenditure reports. Demonstrated skill in accurate record keeping and ability to organize, analyze and calculate data.

  • Experience in using computers for basic word processing, data entry (such as Excel), database searching (such as PubMed), and/or basic database analysis (such as BLAST). Ability to work with and learn new software for analysis.

  • Strong communication skills (both verbal and written) needed to interact professionally and effectively in the working environment, as well as effectively and accurately document research procedures. Ability to read, comprehend and discuss research materials.

  • Demonstrated skills, knowledge, and experience to undertake research with minimal supervision. Must have pure enthusiasm and ability for learning and genuine interest in scientific research.

  • Strong organizational skills needed in order to maintain laboratory supplies and equipment, monitor laboratory safety requirements, set up and maintain records of bacterial and chemical stock.


  • Knowledge of UC San Diego Environmental Health and Safety requirements and the ability to adhere to established UC San Diego guidelines for safety and environmental issues.

  • Knowledge of proper UC San Diego purchasing procedures and familiarity with the UC San Diego IFIS purchasing system for ordering general lab supplies, special items, and equipment repairs.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

  • Must be able to work with small animals.

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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