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#117968 Laboratory Research Assistant

Filing Deadline: Mon 8/15/2022

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UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 08/04/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 08/15/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


Under close supervision, the Laboratory Research Assistant will perform operational level work on the pre-clinical development of cross complimentary approaches to integrate systemic therapies with radiotherapy through 1) elucidation of DNA damage response pathways 2) identification and characterization of novel radiosensitizers 3) development of tumor targeted approaches to improve the therapeutic ratio of radiotherapy. In contrast to current radiosensitization approaches, our strategies are biomarker driven and histologically agnostic. Maintain lab records, and order supplies on a as needed basis. Other duties as assigned.


  • One (1) year basic laboratory experience and/or two years of college-level coursework including courses in the natural, physical sciences (microbiology); or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Ability to learn and perform cell culture, media preparation and general principles of maintenance of hoods and 37° C incubators.

  • Knowledge of basic laboratory equipment including centrifuges, spectrophotometers, balances, pH meters, and electrophoresis equipment.

  • Ability to perform basics tissue culture techniques.

  • Experience with computer software to analyze data, store results and compute raw data.

  • Ability to properly handle radioactive, chemical and biohazard materials.

  • Ability to carry out radioactive work.

  • Ability to follow basic research protocols and instructions closely.

  • Ability to work with other staff members, students, faculty etc.


  • Theoretical knowledge of microbiology.
  • Ability to adhere to established UCSD guidelines for safety and environmental issues.
  • Experience with laboratory mouse work.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

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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