Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Salary Range
$24.88 - $29.68 / Hour
La Jolla
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Appointment Percent:
RX Contract
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Work Schedule:
Days, Variable, Monday-Friday

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#120149 Research Associate and Lab Manager

Filing Deadline: Wed 12/7/2022

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Under general supervision of a physician-scientist Principal investigator (PI), independently manage a growing research laboratory studying chromatin and epigenetics during mouse brain development. Organize laboratory operations for PI and research staff (~5 lab members, mainly undergraduates). Coordinate research activities in the lab including scheduling and organization of studies, finding appropriate protocols and executing experiments. Install, operate and maintain laboratory equipment and train lab members in their use. Train lab members in various techniques used in the lab. Perform at full operational skill level mouse colony maintenance and husbandry. Participate in animal studies including surgery, behavioral testing and analysis of tissue. Execute tissue culture experiments, including preparation and culture of mouse cerebellar granule neurons cultures. Design, develop and perform Western blotting and immunofluorescence analysis and confocal microscopy methods. Perform additional standard methods in molecular biology and biochemistry


  • Theoretical knowledge of a life science such as is typically acquired by a Bachelor’s Degree in a field related to the research being conducted. Related fields may include any of the following fields of study: molecular biology, required immunology, and biochemistry,

  • Extensive demonstrated experience in cell culture, transfection, Western blotting and immunohistochemistry

  • Demonstrated experience and excellent ability to perform standard repetitive techniques that may be required in research protocols related to specific lab.

  • Demonstrated ability to read, interpret and apply protocols in conducting research. Demonstrated ability in following step wise experimental protocols. Skill to troubleshoot adaptations of experimental protocols.

  • Independently demonstrated skill in the operation and maintenance of various lab equipment.

  • Demonstrated knowledge to read and use Material Safety Data Sheet's. Knowledge of environmental health and safety requirements and to assure safety in the lab. Experienced in working and maintaining a sterile environment. Demonstrated ablity to follow established EH&S Safety and Biohazardous Material Guidelines.

  • Strong communication skills (both verbal and written) needed to interact professionally and effectively in the work environment, as well as effectively recommend and accurately document research procedures. Ability to read, comprehend and discuss research materials.

  • Demonstrated skill in managing accurate record keeping and ability to organize, analyze, and calculate data.

  • Experience with the operation of a personal computer and software application, such as MS Word and Excel. Knowledge to work with and learn new software for analysis

  • Effective and diplomatic oral and written communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to work with a variety of personnel from different laboratories and instruct in optimal procedures for assays.

  • Willingness to learn new techniques and tasks and share knowledge to inform and teach students and paraprofessionals new techniques.

  • Knowledge sufficient to coordinate studies with other departments and the lab. Demonstrated effective time management skills to plan and organize work assignments in an efficient and productive manner.

  • Knowledge of biosafety techniques and practices. Experience to work with chemical, radioisotope, and biological hazards and to recognize safety problems

  • Demonstrated ability to assist in the preparation of papers for publication, research proposals

  • Proven independent experience performing RT-PCR, gel electrophoresis, cloning and virus propagation.

  • Enthusiasm for learning and a genuine interest in scientific research. Willingness and ability to learn new skills, research methods, and scientific principles.

  • Proven leadership skills to train lab personnel and students in safety guidelines, laboratory operations and experimental techniques. Willingness to learn and teach new techniques.

  • Demonstrated extensive research and lab managing experience.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

  • Willing to work with hazardous materials (biological, chemical radioactive).

  • Willing to work with animals.

  • Willing to work evenings and weekends, if necessary

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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