Job Description

Payroll Title:
PSYCHIATRY/Pre-Clinical Research
Hiring Salary Range
$24.88 - $29.68 / Hour
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
RX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday-Friday

#120955 Laboratory Research Associate

Extended Deadline: Mon 2/13/2023

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

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 01/13/2023 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 01/24/2023. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

Placement within the salary range is determined by internal equity, relevant qualifications, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).


The 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 assist with multiple research projects that examine mouse models of psychiatric disorders within the Department of Psychiatry. Under supervision, the researcher will ensure that the lab is in good running order, including handling lab safety, regulation issues, and administrative duties.

The incumbent will assist and perform a limited variety of highly specialized wet lab laboratory procedures under the direction from the PI. Procedures include library preparation for next-generation sequencing, organization and storage of DNA/RNA samples and corresponding data sets, DNA cloning, mouse genotyping, protein and gene expression studies, implementation and maintenance of primary cultures. Independently, the incumbent will be responsible for maintaining detailed and accurate records and communicating regularly with the supervisor regarding experiments. Assist with other tasks as needed.


  • Theoretical knowledge of molecular biology techniques or related field or equivalent knowledge and experience to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of the position.

  • Demonstrated experience with sterile techniques for tissue culture and cloning.

  • Working knowledge of Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) procedures for laboratory safety.

  • Working knowledge of sterile technique.

  • Experience to properly handle small animals.

  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.

  • Experience with cell culture. Knowledge of sterile techniques and ability to create standard media supplies.

  • Working knowledge of mouse breeding colony procedures.

  • Ability to use personal computers and a wide variety of software packages for word-processing, spreadsheets, database processing, presentations

  • Experience to assist with standard experiments involving nucleic acids (e.g. DNA and RNA extractions, cloning, PCR, RT-PCR).

  • Demonstrated training in the specialized area of library prep samples for sequencing experiments.


  • Proven training and experience in sectioning brain tissues and immunohistochemistry procedures.
  • Experience performing routine genotyping, PCR, agarose gel and quantitative PCR.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Ability to work various hours and flexible work schedule as needed to complete experiments/projects.
  • Must be comfortable working with animals.
  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends as needed.

Pay Transparency Act Full Salary Range: $51,949 - $61,972 Annually

The University of California, San Diego is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience. The full salary range for this position is defined as the Full Pay Range. The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position defined as the Expected Pay Scale. Placement within the Expected Pay Scale is determined by internal equity, relevant qualifications, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

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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