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#113001 Single Cell Genomics Research Associate

Extended Deadline: Mon 1/31/2022

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

This position will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 11/16/21 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 11/29/21. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The mission of the UCSD Center for Epigenomics is to develop a quantitative and molecular framework to study the function and regulation of the human genome, with the ultimate goal to understand the molecular basis of cancer and other human diseases. Epigenomics is at the forefront of Precision Medicine. The epigenome plays a central role in regulating the functional output of the genome during development. Changes in the epigenome that result from exposure to stress, pathogenic conditions and during aging can determine the patterns of gene expression and predispose an individual to diseases. Epigenome research promises to significantly improve our understanding of the factors that drive human development and disease. The UCSD Center for Epigenomics works with researchers on the UCSD campus and beyond to foster the application of epigenomic concepts and technologies to clinical, translational, and basic research.

Under supervision of the Associate Director of Single Cell Genomics, the Single Cell Genomics Research Associate will perform cutting edge single cell genomic experiments like single cell RNA-seq, single cell ATAC-seq to analyze gene expression and profile the chromatin status in individual cells or nuclei from heterogeneous biological samples including human tissues. The incumbent will participate in experimental design and be responsible for careful record keeping, operating laboratory equipment, troubleshooting, quality control, and periodically summarizing results for supervisors. Additional duties include contributing to laboratory management, organization of laboratory reagents, and maintenance of laboratory equipment.


  • Theoretical knowledge in molecular biology and biological research or related field as typically attained by a Bachelor’s degree and/or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Demonstrated ability to perform molecular biology techniques such as quantitative PCR.

  • Experience in the preparation of next-generation sequencing libraries such as ATAC-seq, ChIP-seq, or RNA-seq or single cell RNA-seq is a plus.

  • Experience with the operation of a personal computer and software application, such as MS Word and Excel.

  • Proven ability to read, comprehend, and discuss research materials.

  • Demonstrated ability to maintain effective working relationships in a diverse laboratory environment.

  • Proven ability to communicate effectively with clinical staff, research staff, and function as a member of a research team.


  • Master's degree in molecular biology, genetics, or related field.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Occasional evenings and/or weekends may be required.
  • Willingness to work with animals, lentivirus, radioactive material, human tissue and standard hazardous laboratory compounds.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

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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