Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Pay Scale
$27.09 - $48.00 / Hour
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
RX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, Variable, Monday-Friday

#120419 Research Lab Manager

Extended Deadline: Wed 3/29/2023

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.

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 02/15/2023 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 02/27/2023. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

This position will be hired at the Staff Research Associate 2 or Staff Research Associate 3 level depending on the experience of the selected candidate. The salary range for the SRA 2 is $27.09 - 43.58/hr and the SRA 3 is $29.85 - $48.00/hr. Placement within the range is determined by internal equity, relevant qualifications, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).


Under the supervision of the PI, perform at full operational skill level mouse work and human biosample experiments, including processing of blood samples (whole blood, isolation of peripheral blood mononuclear cells, plasma) and placental tissue. Perform suspension and imaging mass cytometry, antibody conjugation and titration, flow cytometry (incl. cell sorting), tissue dissection and sectioning, immuno fluorescence analysis, quantitative (real-time) PCR, stereotactic surgery, and chemo- and optogenetics. Perform experiments making technical determination and/or observations related to research projects.

Conduct limited variety of non-standard procedures. Install, operate and maintain laboratory equipment. Participate in animal studies including maintaining a mouse colony, timed mating and pregnancy/estrous cycle tracking, injecting mice, euthanasia and dissecting tissue for analysis. This includes coordination of all research activities in the lab including scheduling and organization of human and mouse studies, finding appropriate protocols and regulation for the experiments. The PI is interested in the maternal immune adaptation to and neuroimmunology of pregnancy.


  • Theoretical knowledge of a life science such as is typically acquired by a Bachelors Degree in a field related to molecular, cellular, and developmental biology and/or appropriate work experience.

  • Experience in sterile technique.

  • Ability to handle and work with human tissues and other biohazardous, toxic, and carcinogenic materials and to recognize safety problems. Knowledge of radiation safety and biosafety techniques and practices. Ability to follow established Safety and Biohazardous Material Guidelines.

  • Superior oral and written communication skills.

  • Proven skill in the operation and maintenance of various lab equipment such as centrifuges, spectrophotometers, balances, pH meters, autoclaves and electrophoresis equipment.

  • Experience and organizational skills to order and maintain lab equipment and supplies.

  • Experience in basic human and mouse tissue isolation, processing and biobanking techniques.

  • Demonstrated experience with flow cytometry techniques.

  • Proven skill to work with animals, as well as animal and human tissues; tissue trimming and histology analysis, and knowledge in necropsy. Knowledge to care for and handle small lab animals and to administer medications and euthanize small laboratory animals.

  • Experience in keeping accurate and well-organized lab records, lab notebook and computer data files.

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


  • Experience with mass cytometry/imaging mass cytometry.
  • Enthusiasm to learn new techniques.
  • Experience with regulatory compliance methods and paperwork for IRB and IACUC protocols.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Willingness to work with human tissue and animals.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $56,564 - $90,995 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $27.09 - $43.58

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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