Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Pay Scale
$29.85 - $48.00 / Hour
La Jolla
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
RX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday - Friday

#119941 SRA 3 - Spinal Cord Injury Research

Extended Deadline: Fri 4/7/2023

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 11/08/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 11/17/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

Placement within the salary range is determined by internal equity, relevant qualifications, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).


Under faculty guidance, incumbent will autonomously maintain and manage a research lab that studies axon regeneration and spinal cord repair. Incumbent will independently perform a variety of experimental procedures across several distinct areas of expertise, including mouse colony management, brain and spinal cord surgeries, post-operative care, various behavioral analyses focusing on sensorimotor functions, tissue dissection and processing, histology and immunohistochemistry, microscopy, data quantification, molecular biology and cell cultures. The incumbent needs to be able to make minor repairs of instruments, contribute original ideas to research, write substantial part of the animal and other lab protocols, and contribute to writing parts of manuscripts and grants.


  • Theoretical knowledge of Biology, Chemistry, or Neuroscience, or equivalent education and experience.

  • Demonstrated ability to perform a variety of experimental procedures.

  • Proficiency in molecular biology techniques, including PCR.

  • Skill in accurate record keeping. Ability to organize/analyze/calculate data and produce results in graphic or visual formats.

  • Proven ability to perform histological procedures such as perfusion, tissue sectioning, staining, and coverslipping, and solution preparation.

  • Proven ability in handling and preparation of solutions, chemicals, and drugs.

  • Ability to follow protocols precisely, and ability to troubleshoot protocols.

  • Ability to troubleshoot equipment, make minor repairs and modify existing equipment and devices.

  • Demonstrated ability to operate general laboratory equipment including Balance, pH meter, and centrifuge.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills including tact, diplomacy and flexibility with the ability to work in a team framework in conjunction with principles of community with Principal Investigator, researchers, staff, and others. Ability to take initiative and participate in consultations and discussions regarding procedures, sharing knowledge, and willingness to learn from others.

  • Excellent verbal, written, and electronic communication skills that facilitate professional, effective, and courteous interaction with a diverse population.

  • Strong computer skills using MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, email system, and a variety of web-based programs. Ability to create and maintain databases, perform standard computer tasks, learn new programs/applications with minimal direction, proficient experience with Macintosh and P.C. platforms.

  • Knowledge to read and use Material Safety Data Sheet's. Knowledge of basic lab equipment, maintenance, and safety requirements/procedures; EH&S regulations and methods for handling, clean-up, and waste disposal for biohazardous materials.


  • Must be willing to work with mice, including euthanizing mice and post-operative care.
  • Must be willing to work evenings and/or weekends as needed to accommodate experiments.
  • Must be willing to work with hazardous materials.
  • Must be willing to sac mice, including pups.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $62,324 - $100,220 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $29.85 - $48.00

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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