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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.

#113042 Research Assistant/Ast to Lab Manager

Filing Deadline: Thu 1/27/2022

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 11/24/2021 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 12/06/2021. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The UCSD Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences is composed of 65 faculty and clinical fellows that strive to provide excellent clinical care to women. In addition to patient care, we conduct cutting-edge basic, translational, and clinical research in reproductive health - ranked 4th in the nation in NIH funding.

Under supervision the Research Associate, will assist the Lab Manager and support an integrated research team focused on cutting edge research to understand the roles of the female reproductive tract microbiome in women’s health. The candidate will assist with aspects of lab management such as ordering and receiving, maintaining lab protocols for biological and chemical safety, and routine equipment maintenance. The successful candidate will also learn to conduct preclinical studies employing mouse models to test new devices and potential therapies and to understand the roles of vaginal bacteria in health and disease. Basic skills with mouse husbandry, breeding and colony management, genotyping, and basic routes of administration are preferred. Experience in microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, flow cytometry, histology and other bench skills are preferred.


  • Theoretical knowledge of biology, microbiology, host-microbe interactions or related fields as typically attained by at least a Bachelor's degree, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Prior experience relevant to appointment level working in an environment where research relates to basic biology, biochemistry, or human diseases.

  • Ability to work with and around animals, human specimens, and potential pathogens. Ability to follow and interpret research protocols.

  • Willingness to improve skills of problem solving, analytical, critical thinking, and effective planning and organization, and skills of troubleshooting and problem solving in bench work.

  • Basic computer and data management skills and the willingness to take mentorship and guidance in improving these skills. Ability to work with and improve skills with computer programs such as Excel, Word, and Power Point, Graphpad prism and other software.

  • Willingness to be mentored in learning how to apply statistical analyses to evaluate research hypotheses and to manage data quality and integrity. Willing to contribute to manuscript preparation and grant writing where it relates specifically to your project(s).To gain exposure to and learn how to operate and maintain numerous types of laboratory equipment and to learn new laboratory procedures.

  • Strong ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.

  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills, including tact, diplomacy, and flexibility. Ability to work successfully with a diverse group of people with varying perspectives and needs.

  • Willingness to pursue excellence in developing, organizing, and tracking projects and coordinating complex activities requiring a high level of accuracy and meticulous attention to detail.

  • Basic knowledge of (and cultivation of excellence in) conventions of academic style, English grammar, punctuation, and spelling.


  • Bachelors degree in biology or related field is preferred.
  • Previous laboratory experience in microbiology is preferred.
  • Basic skills with mouse husbandry, breeding and colony management, genotyping, and basic routes of administration are preferred.
  • Experience in microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, flow cytometry, histology and other bench skills are preferred.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.
  • Must be willing to work in an environment where hazards are present, including biological (including infectious agents and bloodborne pathogens), chemical hazards.
  • Must be willing to work in an environment in which there may be exposure to animal allergens and willingness to perform mouse research.
  • Work occurs in an environment with scientific discussions of a sexual nature.
  • Must be willing to undergo DEA background check and perform record keeping and administration of controlled substances in animals as needed.
  • Must also be willing and able to interact with the PI and other lab members within close proximity (less than 6 ft) to receive training in lab specific practices, protocols, and research.

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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