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#116414 Neurosciences Research Associate

Extended Deadline: Fri 7/15/2022

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 05/20/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 05/31/2022. 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.*


The goal of the research being supported by this position is to understand the biological mechanisms that underlie the CNS and support functional recovery of motor function after spinal cord injury. Our lab has an existing rodent models of spinal cord injury that enables us to monitor behavioral performance before or after injury. The intent behind the injury studies is to understand mechanisms by which neurons can recover from damage. We also test various therapeutic strategies for improving functional outcomes after injury.

Under supervision, the incumbent will be responsible for carrying out functional testing of rodents. This will include maintaining meticulous records regarding multiple aspects of animal performance and entering data into database for further analysis. The incumbent will work with animals in the behavioral and surgical lab and carry out routine histological procedures to include animal perfusion and dissection, sectioning, and processing tissue using existing histological and immunohistochemical protocols. Additional duties include assisting the PI with the analysis , general lab maintenance, ordering supplies, maintaining a clean laboratory area, and other lab tasks as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree in in Neurosciences or similar field of study, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Practical experience in animal behavioral testing (rodent testing preferred). Must be willing to work with rodents daily.

  • Experience with histological procedures including tissue preparation, tissue sectioning, performing routine histological and immunohistochemical staining procedures.

  • Ability to maintain meticulous records regarding all aspects of work performed in the lab and the ability to communicate this information to the supervisor upon request.

  • Strong computer skills using MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, email, and a variety of statistical and analysis programs. Ability to create and maintain databases, perform standard computer tasks, learn new programs/applications with minimal direction, and exercise fast and accurate typing skills.

  • General knowledge of the nervous system.

  • Effective interpersonal skills including tact, diplomacy, and flexibility with the ability to work in a team framework in conjunction with principles of community with staff, faculty, and students.

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

  • Experience with basic lab safety requirements and procedures.


  • Knowledge of UCSD EH&S regulations.
  • Knowledge of regulations and protocols for conducting animal research.
  • Knowledge of EH&S regulations and methods for handling, clean-up and waste disposal for biohazardous materials.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Must be available to occasionally work on the weekends and holidays
  • Must be willing to work in an animal research related work environment.

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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