Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Salary Range
$24.88 - $27.28 / Hour
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Appointment Percent:
RX Contract
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Work Schedule:
8 hrs/day, Mon - Fri

#121022 Research Associate

Extended Deadline: Wed 2/8/2023

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Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 1/27/23. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

Job posting will remain open until a suitable candidate has been identified.


The Aguado iBiomaterials Lab is focused on developing biomaterials technologies for precision medicine applications. Under close technical supervision, the Staff Research Associate will assist the Principal Investigator, manage day-to-day laboratory operations, perform standard laboratory techniques, and maintain general laboratory tasks in a biomaterials laboratory.

Incumbent will be responsible for starting and maintaining mouse colonies, perform mouse surgeries, perform mouse euthanasia and dissection procedures, starting and expanding mammalian cell stocks, synthesizing polymer-based biomaterials, organize laboratory data on university/laboratory servers, writing and renewing animal (IACUC) and human institutional review board (IRB) protocols, serve as our laboratory safety officer, and complete routine laboratory duties (ordering/quoting equipment, organizing, maintenance, making solutions, writing standard operating procedures) and assist lab members with general laboratory techniques and basic molecular biology techniques (Western blots, quantitative PCR, immunofluorescence staining). Incumbent will also closely cooperate and provide direction for future postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and undergraduate students.

Functions and Tasks:Research and Analysis:

A. Start and expand mammalian cell stocks: task involves harvesting cells from animal and/or human tissue samples, growing them in culture, and freezing cell stocks for future experiments.

B. Perform chemical syntheses: task involves chemically functionalizing polymer materials, performing quality control tests using nuclear magnetic resonance characterization, and storing material stocks for laboratory use.

C. Organize laboratory data: task involves oral and written communication with information technology staff to assist with lab server set up, experimental data analysis assistance as needed.

D. Write animal and human institutional review board (IRB) protocols: in consultation with the PI, the task involves writing, submitting, and renewing animal and human protocols as needed.

E. Maintain mouse colonies, order mice, perform mouse surgeries, perform mouse euthanasia and dissection procedures.

Laboratory Management:

A. Ensure lab safety protocols are followed, and assist with writing standard operation procedures, and protocols.

B. Perform basic laboratory maintenance and management in support of a laboratory.

C. Responsible for ordering laboratory supplies, servicing and maintaining all laboratory equipment.

D. Coordinate activities of laboratory assistants and student working on associated projects.

E. Assist and train others in general laboratory techniques and basic/repetitive molecular biology techniques.

F. Contribute to laboratory safety by monitoring safety, advising personnel about rules and regulations, maintaining safety supplies, checking fire extinguishers, and supervising procedures and records necessary for compliance with Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) regulations.

Manuscript Writing:

Assist PI with writing and submitting manuscripts for publication, reading manuals for equipment, reading primary literature articles for improving laboratory techniques, etc.


  1. Bachelor’s degree in bioengineering, biomedical engineering, or biology AND two (2) years of laboratory experience in biomaterials, cell/animal biology, chemistry; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  2. Previous laboratory experience including familiarity with basic microbiological and sterile techniques, and the ability to follow multi-step assays and procedures.

  3. Previous experience working with animals for biomedical research (breeding, genotyping, etc).

  4. Successful, positive interpersonal and oral and written communication skills using tact, diplomacy, discretion, and flexibility with diverse personalities and situations. Skill to interact effectively with faculty, academics, students, and staff including those of diverse ethnicity, culture, and foreign nationals.

  5. Demonstrated ability to work with minimum supervision and to work closely and collaboratively with others including the ability to follow written and oral instructions.

  6. Personal and communication skills needed to discuss and understand day to day laboratory affairs, research plans, results and ideas with PI and other lab personnel in a constructive, professional, and pleasant manner. Skill to present information clearly and concisely.

  7. Skill and ability to use standard lab equipment (centrifuge, microscope, etc).

  8. Experience with Macintosh and Windows OS with a demonstrated ability to work independently with a variety of computer applications and a willingness and ability to update and increase skills and knowledge as needed. Coding experience using R, Matlab, or similar required.

  9. Skill to prepare and maintain with completeness and accuracy a variety of paper and digital laboratory records, files, and notebooks.

  10. Ability to direct the work of both casual workers and other support staff. Skill to train others in basic lab support techniques and procedures (preparation of media, dishwashing, equipment usage etc.).

  11. Awareness of MSDS's (Material Safety Data Sheets), and the hazard communication and Injury and Illness Prevention Program. Knowledge of laboratory safety precautions including appropriate clothing and shoes, safe handling of chemicals, use of protective items such as gloves and goggles.

  12. Willingness and demonstrated ability to embrace and consistently uphold the principles of community for a collaborative work environment.


  • Some overtime may be required.

  • Occasional flexible working out of normal business hours as needed by experimental timelines.

Pay Transparency Act Full Salary Range: $51,949 - $61,972 Annually

The University of California, San Diego is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience. The full salary range for this position is defined as the Full Pay Range. The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position defined as the Expected Pay Scale. Placement within the Expected Pay Scale is determined by internal equity, relevant qualifications, 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).

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