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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.

#111760 Neurosciences Research Associate

Filing Deadline: Fri 2/4/2022

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 09/20/21 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 09/30/21. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

Depending on the experience of the selected candidate, this position will be hired at the SRA 1 or SRA 2 NEX level.


Under supervision, incumbent will support a research lab that studies axon regeneration and spinal cord repair. Incumbent will perform a limited variety of standard experimental procedures across several distinct areas of expertise, including rodent brain and spinal cord stereotaxic surgery, neural stem cell isolation and grafting, rodent perfusion and tissue dissection, cryostat and microtome sectioning, immunohistochemistry, 3-D confocal and Keyence microscopy and data quantification.


  • Theoretical knowledge of Biology, Chemistry, or Neuroscience, or equivalent education and experience.

  • Demonstrated ability to perform a variety of experimental and surgical procedures.

  • Knowledge of microscopy and imaging techniques.

  • Skill in accurate record keeping. Ability to organize/analyze/calculate data and produce results in graphic or visual formats.

  • Ability to perform histological procedures such as perfusion, tissue sectioning, staining, and coverslipping, and solution preparation.

  • Proven ability in handling and preparation of solutions, chemicals, and drugs. Ability to operate general laboratory equipment including Balance, pH meter, and centrifuge.

  • Effective interpersonal skills including tact, diplomacy and flexibility with the ability to work in a team framework in conjunction with principles of community with Principal Investigator, researchers, staff, and others. Ability to take initiative and participate in consultations and discussions regarding procedures, sharing knowledge, and willingness to learn from others.

  • Excellent verbal, written, and electronic communication skills that facilitate professional, effective, and courteous interaction with a diverse population.

  • Solid computer skills using MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, email system, and a variety of web-based programs. Ability to create and maintain databases, perform standard computer tasks, learn new programs/applications with minimal direction, proficient experience with Macintosh and P.C. platforms.


  • Familiar with the central nervous system and specifically, the spinal cord combined with the ability to perform spinal cord and brain surgeries on rodents. Ability to learn new surgical procedures as needed.
  • Ability to troubleshoot equipment, make minor repairs and modify existing equipment and devices.
  • Ability to handle lab animals (rodents). Basic Knowledge of animal behavior, training, and assessments.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Must be willing to work with rodents, including performing post-operative care and euthanasia.
  • Must be able to work evenings and/or weekends as needed to accommodate experiments.
  • Must be willing to work with virus and hazardous materials.

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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