Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Pay Scale
$18.67 - $20.16 / Hour
East Campus
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
TX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday-Friday

#121896 Research Laboratory Assistant

Filing Deadline: Mon 4/3/2023

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 03/07/2023 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 03/17/2023. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


Under close supervision the incumbent will assist the Principal investigators and other lab members. Procedures will include but not be limited to PCR-based genotyping, cell cultures and light microscopy of cardiac tissues, and other cells. Incumbent will also be involved with mouse handling and general lab organization procedures. Will also interact with staff and faculty, postdoctoral scholars and other students.


  • Graduation from high school or a GED and laboratory experience or a combination of lower division education in biology, psychology, physiology, molecular biology or other health-related field and experience in order to perform the essential functions of the position.

  • Demonstrated experience working in a research setting.

  • Proven experience with animal handling and husbandry, tissue culture and basic molecular biology skills.

  • Experience in record keeping, with strict attention to detail. Ability to organize tasks, documents, and materials with efficiency and accuracy.

  • Strong computer experience using word processing applications, creating spreadsheets and reports, and entering data into databases and spreadsheets. Operating knowledge of e-mail messaging and automated calendaring systems.

  • Excellent writing and communication skills with ability to draft letters and memos, using correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, composition, text editing, and excellent proofreading skills.

  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally, using tact and diplomacy with a diverse group of people.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Must be willing to work in an environment where biological, chemical and radiological hazards are present.
  • Must be willing to work overtime and occasional weekends if necessary as research dictates.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $38,983 - $45,184 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $18.67 - $21.64

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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