Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Pay Scale
$21.39 - $23.06 / Hour
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
TX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon - Fri

#128671 Research Laboratory Assistant

Extended Deadline: Fri 5/24/2024

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.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 3/13/24 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 3/25/24. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

Job posting will remain open until a suitable candidate has been identified.


Under the supervision of the Principal Investigator (PI), the employee will assist in research on uncovering principles of cellular protein quality control by carrying out various biochemistry, cell biology and molecular biological procedures in mammalian cells and Zebrafish.

Research techniques involve gel electrophoresis, preparation of DNA and RNA, plasmid cloning, preparation of microbial cells, preparation of recombinant media and appropriate growth conditions, tissue culture maintenance and transfection as well as imaging using state of the art microscopy techniques and perform image analysis and data management.

Incumbent will provide general lab support including ordering supplies, maintaining common lab equipment, and ensuring lab is clean, safe, and in compliance with regulations.


  • Graduation from high school or a GED and one year of laboratory experience OR two years of college including courses in the biological sciences; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience. Bachelor's degree in Biology or related field preferred.

  • Familiarity with basic and general techniques in molecular biology, including knowledge of PCR, gel electrophoresis, DNA cloning, and plasmid preps.

  • Knowledge of scientific terminology related to cell, molecular and/or microbiology.

  • Familiarity with basic tissue culture techniques

  • Knowledge and skill with sterile technique for bacterial culture.

  • Experience with phase contrast and fluorescence microscopy.

  • Skill to prepare and maintain laboratory records, files, and notebooks. Ability to follow written and/or oral protocols.

  • Excellent (English) verbal, written, and electronic communication skills that facilitate professional, effective, and courteous interactions with diverse personalities. Skill to work as part of a research team.

  • Experience with and understanding of basic laboratory equipment (centrifuges, light microscopes, balances, pH meter, incubators, spectrophotometers, and electrophoresis apparatus)

  • Skill and knowledge to maintain stocks of essential supplies and reagents, to purchase lab supplies, and to ensure lab equipment is running efficiently.

  • Knowledge/understanding and at least some experience with Safety Data Sheets, hazard communication and Injury and Illness Prevention Program. Familiarity with a Chemical Hygiene Plan addressing safety precautions including appropriate clothing and shoes, safe handling of chemicals, use of protective items. Willingness and ability to keep safety training current and consistent with research involvement.

  • Familiarity with Apple and PC computers and ability to work independently with a variety of computer applications such as Microsoft Office, with willingness and ability to update and increase skills and knowledge as needed. Skill to set up and maintain computerized databases of plasmid and cell line inventories.

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

  • Willingness and demonstrated ability to embrace and consistently uphold the principles of community for a collaborative work environment.

  • Ability to learn new experimental methods as required. Ability to work independently or collaboratively on a research project.

  • Basic mathematical computation skills required to maintain accurate data and to prepare reagent solutions.

  • Ability to inject zebrafish embryos at the 1-cell stage with reliable and consistent results.


  • Willing and able to work safely with lab chemicals, human cell lines and Zebrafish.

  • Appropriate physical strength for handling aquaculture equipment.

  • Appropriate dexterity for manipulating zebrafish embryos.

  • Must be willing to work overtime during the evening or weekend when necessary for experiments.

  • Background check required.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $44,662 - $52,513 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $21.39 - $25.15

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).

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