Job Description

Payroll Title:
MEDICINE/Endocrinology & Metabolism
Salary Range
Commensurate with Experience
La Jolla
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
RX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday-Friday

As a federally-funded institution, UC San Diego Health maintains a marijuana and drug free campus. New employees are subject to drug screening.

#112987 Molecular Biology & Animal Research Associate

Extended Deadline: Mon 5/23/2022

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 11/29/21 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 12/07/21. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

This position will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified.


The incumbent will assist with multiple research projects that examine mouse models of psychiatric disorders. 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 laboratory procedures in molecular and cell biology under direction from PI. Procedures include DNA cloning, genotyping, library preparation for sequencing, Western blotting, immunohistochemistry, implementation and maintenance of neuronal primary cultures, and mouse colony management. Independently, the incumbent will be responsible for maintaining detailed and accurate records, and communicating regularly with supervisor regarding experiments.


  • Theoretical knowledge of molecular biology.

  • Experience with sterile techniques for tissue culture and cloning.

  • Proven experience in RNA and DNA techniques.

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

  • Demonstrated experience performing routine genotyping, PCR, agarose gel and quantitative PCR.

  • Basic knowledge of molecular biology techniques.

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

  • Skilled in the proper handling of small animals.

  • Experience performing advanced techniques in preparation for experiments. Ability to test success of techniques in preparation for next steps in protocol.


  • Training and experience in sectioning brain tissues and immunohistochemistry procedures.
  • Training in the specialized area of library prep samples for sequencing experiments.
  • Knowledge of mouse breeding colony procedures.
  • Experience with protein separation techniques (SDS/PAGE, Western, immunoprecipitation).


  • 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.

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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