Job Description

Payroll Title:
Neurological Surgery
Salary Range
Commensurate with Experience
La Jolla
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
RX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday - Friday

As a federally-funded institution, UC San Diego Health maintains a marijuana and drug free campus. New employees are subject to drug screening.

#118950 Research Associate

Extended Deadline: Mon 12/19/2022

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

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 09/22/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 10/03/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


UC San Diego Department of Neurological Surgery is among the leading neurosurgical centers in the country. The Department offers challenging career opportunities in the diverse areas of state-of-the-art clinical services, advanced educational programs, and cutting-edge research. The department is committed to offering a dynamic learning environment and growing opportunities to its talented and dedicated employees

The department, along with their research partners, has developed an infrastructure for the collection of brain tissue samples that will be used to advance collaborative science. The Brain Tissue Bank serves as a shared resource to provide optimal and standardized acquisition, processing, management and technical innovation/quality control of human bio-specimens for distribution for research. The Brain Tissue Bank contains normal brain tissue and brain tumor samples. Samples are collected from consented subjects and de-identified clinical information on the subjects is collected over time.

Under supervision, the SRA2 will recruit Cancer Center and Medical Center patients for sample banking. The samples will be available to UCSD researchers and community investigators for research. Duties will include identifying and obtaining informed consent from patients seen in neurosurgery clinics or inpatients, as well as explaining the nature of the study, confidentiality and procedures. Screen medical records, abstract relevant medical data per protocol. Transport samples to lab per specifications and process for storage. Assist in creation and maintenance of a database that correlates samples with medical data.

Accurately record patient data into appropriate databases. Perform long term follow-up of participating patients, request ongoing medical data as applicable. This position will serve as an important conduit between the OR and Department designated research laboratory partners. Act as a liaison for the Brain Tissue Bank with investigators/researchers at UCSD and across institutions including Sanford Burnham Prebys, Salk Institute, Scripps Research Institute and California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. Must maintain strict confidentiality. Other duties assigned as needed.


  • Theoretical knowledge of biology, microbiology, social sciences, or related field, as typically attained by a Bachelor's degree, or have equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Experience with research protocol in order to screen patients for eligibility and orient participating physicians. Experience with laboratory procedures and values and experience in interpreting them to determine patient eligibility and potential toxicities.

  • Demonstrated ability to handle and process samples following SOPs, as well as prepare samples for shipping. Knowledge to comply with the State of California laboratory guidelines/requirements regarding biosafety/universal precautions.

  • Knowledge of medical terminology, oncology disease processes and treatments, oncology clinical research and related diagnostic and laboratory procedures.

  • Experience handling and processing tissue samples following SOPs, as well as prepare samples for shipping.

  • Experience in obtaining patient/participant informed consent to contribute biospecimens for research and/or to participate in research studies. Ability to clearly answer questions relating to study and convey pertinent information.

  • Excellent interpersonal, as well as written and verbal communication skills (using grammatically correct written English and accurate typing) to interact with a variety of personalities at all levels of the organization, exercising tact, mature judgment, diplomacy, and flexibility to promote positive working relationships and job effectiveness. Skill at negotiating with various personalities and developing internal and external network of contacts. Excellent phone etiquette skills.

  • Demonstrated ability and knowledge of using computer software applications including word processing and database applications and email. Accurate computer word-processing and database skills.

  • Ability to interact with a large variety of physicians, healthcare professionals, cancer patients and families in a professional and pleasant manner.

  • Experience performing laboratory research experiments/duties.

  • Ability to perform primary cell culture and freezing of cells. Experience working with sterile technique biosafety hoods and/or hazardous materials.

  • Knowledge to comply with the State of California laboratory guidelines/requirements regarding biosafety/universal precautions.

  • Experience performing research duties in a clinical research environment. Experience working with IRB and HIPAA policies regulating Biospecimen collection under NCI biospecimen collection guidelines.


  • Experience performing Phlebotomy (Phlebotomy and CPR certification required).
  • Experience performing clinical research duties in a clinical research environment. Experience working with IRB and HIPAA policies regulating biospecimen collection.


  • Must successfully complete annual TB screen.
  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality.
  • Must be willing and able to work weekends and evenings when necessary.
  • Must be able to travel to different locations.
  • Must have access to reliable transportation.
  • Fluency in English and Spanish preferred.
  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.

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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