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As a federally-funded institution, UC San Diego Health maintains a marijuana and drug free campus. New employees are subject to drug screening.

#116417 Spinal Cord Researcher

Extended Deadline: Tue 7/5/2022

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

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 05/19/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 05/30/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

This posting shall remain open until filled.

Depending on the experience of the selected candidate, this position will be hired at the SRA 1 or SRA 2 NEX level.


Motivated individuals and especially recent graduates are invited to apply for an SRA1 or SRA2 position (depending on candidate qualification) to support a research lab that studies spinal cord injury and repair using genetic mouse models. Incumbent will perform a variety of experimental procedures including mouse colony management, surgical assistance, post-operative care, behavioral analysis, tissue dissection and processing, histology / immunohistochemistry, microscopy, data quantification. Opportunities exist to take on lab management and maintenance responsibilities. Experience working with genetically modified mice and tissue processing preferred.


  • Theoretical knowledge of biology, genetics, neuroscience or equivalent.

  • Ability and experience to perform a variety of experimental procedures.

  • Knowledge of basic molecular biology techniques, such as PCR.

  • Experience in a biology lab and ability to operate general laboratory equipment.

  • Experience working with rodents in a research setting.

  • Willingness and ability to perform postoperative care for mice.

  • Ability to work with others and in a team setting.

  • Ability to communicate effectively.

  • Basic computer skills and proficiency with common software.


  • Experience managing mouse colony breeding and conducting PCR genotyping.
  • Experience in histological procedures such as perfusion, tissue sectioning, staining (immunohistochemistry), and coverslipping.
  • Ability to dissect brain and spinal cord, and to assist with surgeries.
  • Experience interfacing with compliance offices such as EH&S at UCSD or elsewhere.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Must be willing to work with mice, including euthanizing mice and post-operative care.
  • Must be able to work evenings and/or weekends as needed to accommodate experiments.
  • Must be willing to work with hazardous materials.

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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