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Moores Cancer Center
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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.

#117573 Research Assistant

Extended Deadline: Tue 8/16/2022

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 7/15/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 7/26/2022. 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.*


Under supervision, assist with experiments, make observations, and record experimental data related to research projects. Use molecular biological techniques to assist in the development of plasmid and viral based gene transfer vectors. Assist with animal studies including assisting with breeding transgenic mice, injections, and maintaining and screening transgenic mouse colony. Assist with in vivo fluorescent and bioluminescent imaging, necropsy, tissue trimming and histology. Prepare tissue cultures of primary lymphocytes and propagation of tumor cell lines. Extract RNA, reverse transcribe cDNA, perform RT-PCR, mini preps of plasmids and their analysis by gel. Perform basic cellular immunology tests to assess immunity such as FACS and CFSE proliferative assays, and automatic cells counting. Media and buffer preparation. Maintain lab records, and order supplies on an as needed basis.


  • Theoretical knowledge of biochemistry, molecular biology, immunology and genetics, including relevant laboratory techniques, acquired through a Bachelor’s degree in biology or related field; and/or equivalent combination of education and laboratory experience.

  • Experience assisting with tissue culture including freezing, thawing, counting cells and splitting cultures.

  • Ability to work with human tissues; tissue trimming, histology analysis, and knowledge in necropsy.

  • Experience with data analysis using Excel and Prism software.

  • Experience working with basic aseptic and tissue culture techniques.

  • Ability to work with cell culture, media preparation, and DNA electrophoresis.

  • Ability to use basic laboratory equipment including centrifuges, spectrophotometers, balances, pH meters, and electrophoresis equipment.

  • Willingness to become familiar with proper handling of chemical and biohazard materials.

  • Familiarity with computer software to analyze data, store results and compute raw data.

  • Ability to perform basic PCR and ELISA techniques.


  • Theoretical knowledge of normal and malignant hematopoietic stem and progenitor cell biology sufficient to aid in the design and interpretation of experiments on those topics.
  • Theoretical knowledge of microbiology, cellular, molecular and prostate cancer biology.
  • Knowledge of current prostate cancer disease models and understanding of clinical features of prostate cancer and treatments.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Must be willing and able to work in BioSafety Level II environment.
  • Must be willing and able to work with small animals and biohazardous materials.
  • Must be willing and able to work with human cells.

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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