Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Pay Scale
$25.75 - $30.72 / Hour
La Jolla
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
RX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hour shifts, Monday - Friday

#125371 Research Associate

Filing Deadline: Wed 10/4/2023

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.

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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

Under supervision of the Brain Tumor Epigenomics Lab (Beaumont Lab), the candidate will assist in the investigation of brain tumor epigenomics with a specific focus on chromatin remodeling complexes and precision oncology. The incumbent is expected to be trained to assist and carry out wet-bench research and acquire expertise in molecular biology techniques, in vivo tumorigenesis and survival studies using intracranial injections of human and mouse-derived tumor stem cells in nude mice. Incumbent will perform standard repetitive, technical laboratory and experimental procedures and receive training in the more difficult procedures related to epigenomic research. Under close technical supervision, the candidate should be committed to learning new high-throughput epigenomic sequencing techniques and adhere to high ethical and professional standards within the translational research environment.


  • Theoretical knowledge in neuroscience, molecular biology, genetics, chemistry or related field. Bachelor's degree required.

  • Experience with molecular biological methods and procedures: DNA/RNA isolation/purification/ amplification, detection, agarose and acrylamide gel electrophoresis, western blotting.

  • Strong analytical thinking, quick learner, and good listener with ability to follow oral and written instructions and protocols.

  • Experience in the use of common lab equipment such as balance, vortex, pH meter, autoclave, micropipette and centrifuge.

  • Strong knowledge in sterile cell culture techniques, CRISPR techniques and tumorigenic assays.

  • Ability to maintain clear and concise records.

  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, and ability to supervise and interact with varied personalities.

  • Computer skills in entering, analyzing, and presenting data, using MS Word and Excel software with willingness and ability to update and increase skills and knowledge as needed.

  • Ability to work safely with hazardous materials. Experience and knowledge of proper handling, storage and disposal of hazardous chemicals and biohazardous materials.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

  • Occasional evenings and/or weekends may be required.

  • Willingness and ability to work safely with hazardous materials

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $53,766 - $64,143 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $25.75 - $30.72

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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