Job Description

Payroll Title:
Animal Care Program
Hiring Salary Range
$26.30 - $32.61 /hour
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
RX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon - Fri

#115103 SRA II - Diagnostic Lab

Extended Deadline: Tue 2/7/2023

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.

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UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 03/18/22 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 03/29/22. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

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


Working in this position, the employee will carry out tasks that are basic to the ACP DSL operations in support of animal research, including diagnostic services for research animal preventive health programs, as well as similar services for investigating apparent clinical health problems. Procedures include preparation and analysis of a wide variety of laboratory tests such as hematology, serology, microbiology, cytology, parasitology, pathology and molecular biology from specimens collected and interpreted for a variety of animal species. Among other tasks are sample processing/preparation and submission for shipment, sample paperwork and documentation, handle and dispose of biohazardous wastes in EH&S approved manner; as well as maintenance, calibration and operation of laboratory equipment.

Organization, coordination and planning for the sample procurement is currently a critical component of this position. That role involves communication across the department, including with ACP husbandry, animal health and administrative personnel. Once data is obtained, tasks include data entry, generation and distribution of reports. Some administrative support include supply purchasing, enter billing documents on system, answer telephones, photocopies, maintain hard copy files, maintain various log sheets and file. Occasional weekend, holiday or afterhours work may be required.


  • Ability to research advanced diagnostics upon request. Seek out and interface with reference laboratories to determine sample type(s) and handling, including shipping, and cost of the requested testing. Communicate with researcher. Handle arrangements for setting up an account when needed, prepare necessary paperwork for requests and shipping.

  • Skilled in the use of lab equipment such as microscope, pipettors, incubators, etc.Skill and knowledge of proper procedures for processing common laboratory specimens including the use of microhematocrit, clinical and microfuge centrifuges. Experience in clinical and/or research diagnostic lab.

  • Knowledge of the function and use of hematology analyzer(s). Skill in performing routine whole blood cell determinations, counts and measurements using such equipment. Knowledge and ability to perform manual blood cell counts when warranted via hemacytometer methods.Knowledge and skill in performing, staining, examining and interpreting whole blood smears to determine differential cell counts and cytological evaluation for a variety of species.

  • Knowledge of and ability to perform common parasitology techniques, including skin scraping, floatation and direct methods, etc.

  • Ability to prepare and examine a variety of specimens and sample types for further cytological examinations including the use of various wet mount preparations (lactophenol cotton blue, KOH, iodine, Sedi-Stain, etc.) and other staining techniques such as reticulcyte staining, gram stains, acid fast stains, spore stains, trichrome, etc., including mounting techniques.

  • Knowledge and skill in performance of good sterile technique in specimen collection requirements for different tests, processing and storage of different types of specimens.Knowledge of laboratory quality control principles.

  • Knowledge of and ability to perform microbiological procedures, including culture on agar plates, rodac plates and broths from a variety of animal samples and environmental samples (water quality testing); including processing and documentation of autoclave test ampules

  • Thorough knowledge of basic urinalysis and other fluid analysis

  • Knowledge of proper handling and disposal of infectious and/or potentially infectious materials. Knowledge of EH&S laboratory safety policies and procedures including chemical and radiation safety.

  • Ability to distill laboratory procedures into step-by-step written procedural protocols for use and documentation in the laboratory. Knowledge and ability to work under Good Laboratory Practices guidelines and SOPs.

  • Proven knowledge of diagnostic laboratory equipment maintenance and trouble shooting. Skill in performing maintenance and trouble shooting laboratory equipment.

  • Knowledge of packaging and shipping procedures and regulations, including paperwork, regarding shipment of a variety of specimen types. Ability to stay current on Federal Shipment regulations and UCSD policies.

  • Working knowledge of the use of software programs: Access database, Windows, Excel, MS Word and Outlook E-mail.

  • Thorough knowledge of the function and use of blood chemistry analyzer. Skill in performing routine plasma or serum determinations using such equipment.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to process molecular biology samples, including DNA extraction, electrophoresis, PCR protocol standardization, mixes, etc.

  • Skills in pathology procedures such tissue trimming, cassetting, labeling and maintenance of pathology supplies


  • California Driver’s License is Required.

  • Job offer is contingent on clear Background Check.

  • Work schedule: Monday to Sunday.

  • Overtime and weekends may be required.

Pay Transparency Act Full Salary Range: $56,564 - $90,995 Annually

The University of California, San Diego is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience. The full salary range for this position is defined as the Full Pay Range. The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position defined as the Expected Pay Scale. Placement within the Expected Pay Scale is determined by internal equity, relevant qualifications, 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).

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