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#117884 Neuroscience Research Assistant

Filing Deadline: Wed 8/10/2022

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The Department of Neurosciences is leading clinical-academic department within the UCSD School of Medicine and is comprised of more than 130 faculty members. The Department’s mission is to create the synergies and define the ideas and programs that will allow us to transform the way our neurosciences community discovers, teaches and cares for patients. We strive to conduct cutting-edge science and research and train the next generation of neurologists and researchers by fostering education at all levels and integrating the latest scientific and medical advances into the curriculum.

Under supervision, incumbent will assist in research in the Developmental Neurosciences Research Program (DNRP) at UCSD in the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute. Will conduct independent research including performing a limited variety of highly specialized laboratory procedures in molecular and cell biology under direction from Laboratory Supervisor and Project Scientist. The main research themes are epilepsy, experimental therapeutics in particular, metabolism-based treatments such as the ketogenic diet, neurodevelopment disorders (especially, autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), pediatric stroke and traumatic brain injury, brain inflammation. Primary responsibilities mouse husbandry and mouse colony maintenance, performing stereotaxic electrode implantation for Video EEG experiments in rodents, collection of mouse tissues for genotyping. Will attend and present at lab meetings and contribute to the writing of manuscripts for publications. Incumbent will also perform general lab duties including ordering supplies and equipment repair.


  • Theoretical knowledge of neuroscience, molecular biology, or closely related fields generally acquired through a bachelor's; or an equivalent combination of education and experience; knowledge and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position.

  • Knowledge of or experience with managing a mouse colony, including ear marking, tail clipping, mouse breeding and genotyping.

  • Working knowledge of a mouse colony, maintaining mouse lines and accurate inventory of animals.

  • Knowledge of neurological diseases such as epilepsy, autism, traumatic brain injury.

  • Experience handling mice for injections, surgery, and tissue collection.

  • Experience to perform required experiments independently and with attention to detail, analyze results, and provide accurate documentation.

  • Strong computer skills using MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, email system, and a variety of web-based programs. Ability to create and maintain databases and spreadsheet software, perform standard computer tasks, and learn new programs/applications with minimal direction.

  • Experience with immunocytochemistry and microscopy techniques.

  • Highly developed organizational and time management skills, with the ability to keep track of various concurrent courses, ability to change direction with little or no notice and effectively prioritize work.

  • Strong verbal, written, and electronic communication skills that facilitate professional, effective, and courteous interaction both within the lab group and with diverse collaborators.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills including tact, diplomacy and flexibility with the ability to work in a laboratory environment in conjunction with principles of community with staff, faculty, researchers and students. Promote effective and respective interactions with a large number of research and technical personnel and other laboratories essential to foster and enliven research and academics.


  • Proven expertise in performing (rodent) animal minor and major stereotaxic surgery techniques.

  • Theoretical knowledge in neurobiology, epileptogenesis, and in-vivo and in-vitro electrophysiology.

  • Working knowledge of developmental models of epilepsy.

  • Knowledge of UCSD policies and procedures including all safety agencies.

  • Knowledge of basic lab safety requirements and procedures and EH&S regulations and methods for handling, clean-up, and waste disposal for biohazardous materials.

  • Experience with protein chemistry techniques.

  • Experience in performing all aspects of general lab maintenance including ordering and maintaining laboratory equipment and supplies.

  • Three years practical laboratory experience, such as supervised research project, independent study, or work experience.

  • Proven ability to oversee the daily operations of a lab, including but not limited to, acting as safety officer, maintaining supplies and equipment, work direction and training of other lab personnel and lab record-keeping.

  • Knowledge and experience to perform standard and routine laboratory techniques such as, but not limited to, biochemical assays, DNA and RNA extraction and quantification, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), protein extraction and western blotting.

  • Experience with immunohistochemical techniques.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

  • Must be able and willing to work with mice and rats.

  • Must be willing to occasionally work evenings and weekends.

  • Must be willing to work with hazardous chemicals.

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.

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