Job Description

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$70,000.00 - $92,000.00 / Year
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#122099 Research and Development Engineer 2

Initial Review Date: Mon 6/5/2023

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The Stem Cell Genomics Core (SCGC) Facility is a shared service, multi-investigator laboratory staffed by a staff research associate, a Stem Cell Research and Development Engineer and one Core Director. It is used by a significant number of researchers who pay recharge costs to the facility. The Genomics Core facility hosts activities centered on improved sample preparation and secondary validation of sequencing results and is a cornerstone of UCSD Stem Cell Genomics. It fosters and promotes Genomics research at UCSD and partner institutes of the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine. The facility promotes Genomics research and the use of genomics data in a wide range of basic science and applied fields by developing methods that enable biological and cell scientists to harness the power of genomics data. The facility sustains ongoing research projects and allows the proposal of new projects necessitating such facilities. The facility provides services at the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine building on North Torrey Pines.

Under general supervision, the Stem Cell Genomics Core Staff Research Associate fulfils protocols for specialized equipment for genomics, imaging, single cell analysis, sequence processing, data management, secondary validation, and improvement of throughput for stem cell and research. The incumbent also carries out protocols for single-cell analysis, 10x Genomics, Nanostring SPRINT, high throughput qPCR, MiSeq sequencing, and other general wet-lab equipment.

The Stem Cell Genomics Core Staff Research Associate undertakes research projects in collaboration with academic supervisors. Prepares the library for next generation sequencing, operates and troubleshoots mid throughput sequencers. Coordinates the organization and storage of DNA/RNA samples and corresponding data sets. Troubleshoots nucleic acid quality issues for qPCR and sequencing experiments, maintains cleanliness/safety of the lab, and performs routine maintenance on instruments. Supports the orientation of Core users and the scheduling of experiments. Assists with data analysis, and in the transfer of large data sets to servers and data analysis pipelines. Helps facilitate and encourage usage of the SCGC. Assists with marketing SCGC, and setting up user meetings and seminars. Performs other duties as assigned.

Uses professional engineering concepts to perform moderately complex engineering assignments. Works in a specialized engineering field on a major training and / or research effort. Works on assignments of moderate scope where analysis of situations or data requires a review of a variety of factors.


  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training, Two (2) or more years of relevant experience.

  • Working knowledge of engineering principles and methods in order to independently perform professional engineering design work of limited scope and complexity.

  • Working knowledge necessary to begin independent application of principles, practices and procedures in the completion of assignments.

  • Organizational abilities and decision-making to prioritize work assignments.

  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to work in a collaborative manner, to assist in identifying any challenges or barriers.


  • Must be able to work various hours and locations based on business needs.

  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

  • Employment is subject to pre-employment physical for those who work in clinical settings and/or with patients.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $59,700 - $124,300 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $28.59 - $59.53

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

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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