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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.

#116334 Molecular and Cell Biologist

Filing Deadline: Wed 5/25/2022

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

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 5/13/22 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 5/25/22. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The UCSD Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences is composed of 65 faculty and clinical fellows. The department is composed of 6 divisions: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Gynecologic Oncology, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Hospitalist, and Urogynecologic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Under the supervision of the PI, the staff member will primarily be performing molecular biology techniques, including nucleic acid purification, quantitative real-time PCR, and next-generation sequencing library preparation. The staff member will also be performing basic/intermediate bioinformatic analysis of next-generation sequencing data. The staff member may also be performing cell culture experiments, including culture and differentiation of human embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells. The staff member will also be responsible for installing, operating and maintaining relevant laboratory equipment.


  • Theoretical knowledge in a life science such as is typically acquired by a Bachelor's Degree in a field related to molecular, cellular, and developmental biology and/or appropriate work experience.

  • Willingness to work with human embryonic stem cells.

  • Ability and willingness to handle and work with human tissues and other bio-hazardous, toxic, and carcinogenic materials, and to recognize safety problems.

  • Knowledge of radiation safety and bio-safety techniques and practices.

  • Demonstrated ability to follow established Safety and Bio-hazardous Material Guidelines.

  • Demonstrated skill in the operation and maintenance of various lab equipment such as centrifuges, spectrophotometers, balances, pH meters, autoclaves and electrophoresis equipment.

  • Demonstrated experience with DNA and RNA isolation, RTPCR and qPCR.

  • Proficient with the operation of PC's and associated software, including MS Access, Word, Excel, etc. Demonstrated ability to work with and learn new software for data-analysis.

  • Knowledge of and ability to adhere to established UCSD guidelines for safety and environmental issues.

  • Superb oral and written communication skills.

  • Demonstrated enthusiasm for learning.

  • Experience in keeping accurate and well-organized lab records, lab notebook and computer data files.


  • Prior experience and demonstrated organizational skills in the order/maintenance of lab equipment and supplies.

  • Demonstrated experience in culture of human pluripotent stem cells.

  • Experience in sterile technique.

  • Cell culture experience.

  • Experience with next-generation sequencing.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

  • Willingness to work with human embryonic stem cells.

  • Must be available for working according to variable schedules including some weekends.

  • Must be willing to work occasional extended shifts and/or flexible hours.

  • Must have valid California driver's license and/or reliable transportation.

  • Must be willing to travel off-site.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

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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