Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Pay Scale
$29.85 - $48.00 / Hour
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
RX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday - Friday

#122303 Research Associate in Neurosciences

Extended Deadline: Thu 6/1/2023

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A diverse laboratory in the Department of Neuroscience is seeking an experienced Staff Research Associate to support research in the fields of Alzheimer's Disease, Gene Therapy, and Spinal Cord Injury. The lab is located on the Medical School Campus in a spacious and modern research facility. Under general supervision, incumbent will undertake research projects in collaboration with the Principal Investigator, including an ongoing clinical trial of gene therapy in Alzheimer’s Disease and pre-clinical studies of gene and cell therapies for Spinal Cord Injury. Candidate will have opportunities to make innovative and significant independent contributions to these projects.

The ideal applicant has a Neuroscience background with experience in histology, including sectioning of CNS tissue in a variety of animal models.

Under supervision, the incumbent will perform tissue dissections, section tissue and perform basic and advanced immunohistochemistry and histological techniques that will make innovative and significant contributions pertaining to the research. The incumbent will perform fluorescent and brightfield microscopy on finished sections using a range of imaging systems including confocal, Keyence and slide scanning devices using advanced image analysis software such as Image J and Imaris.

Additional responsibilities include ordering lab supplies and histology reagents, ordering and keeping inventory of common-use antibodies, and training others in histology and staining methods, general lab upkeep, attending lab meetings. Applicant must have good organizational skills needed for keeping records of all tissues and experimental procedures including preparing written reports of lab experimental methods, and will contribute to the preparation of research publications and proposals.


  • Theoretical knowledge in neurosciences or related field, or equivalent education and experience.

  • Proven advance experience performing histology, preparing staining solutions, buffers, and performing Nissl labeling and histological analysis.

  • Proven experience sectioning biological tissue.

  • Make significant innovative contributions interpreting results from immunohistochemistry, troubleshoot problems and establish quality assurance.

  • Demonstrated experience with immunohistochemical techniques.

  • Experience with light, fluorescent, and confocal microscopy.

  • Excellent verbal, written, and electronic communication skills that facilitate professional, effective, and courteous interaction with a diverse population.

  • Strong computer skills using MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, email system, and a variety of web-based programs. Ability to create and maintain databases, perform standard computer tasks, learn new programs/applications with minimal direction.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills including tact, diplomacy and flexibility with the ability to work in a team framework in conjunction with principles of community with staff, faculty and students.

  • Experience in accurate record keeping and ability to prioritize work, organize, analyze, and calculate data.


  • Must be willing to work with animal tissues in a animal research related work environment.
  • Must be will to work on weekends and holidays, rarely and on occasion.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $62,324 - $100,220 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $29.85 - $48.00

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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