Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Pay Scale
$25.75 - $30.72 / Hour
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
RX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday-Friday

#130341 Staff Research Assistant 1

Filing Deadline: Fri 6/21/2024

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 06/11/2024 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 06/21/2024. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The UCSD Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences is composed of 67 faculty and 15 clinical fellows. The department is composed of 7 divisions: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Gynecologic Oncology, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Hospitalist, Complex Family Planning, and Urogynecologic and Reconstructive Surgery. The department is currently ranked 5th in the nation in NIH funding among ObGyn departments.

Under supervision, incumbent will maintain the satellite mouse facility. Work with Animal Care Program to coordinate mouse deliveries, housing and daily care. Manage mouse breeding colonies, including genotyping, mating and record keeping. Assist in managing AALAS compliance, personnel training, lab safety and record keeping, lab equipment and supplies. Maintain laboratory infrastructure and supplies for the lab, keep inventories and order supplies. Maintain animal resources, provide work direction to other lab members for animal care. Assist with technical training and assistance to lab members. Attend lab meetings and contribute to the discussions on research.

Incumbent will assist with research projects working with laboratory animals. Apply conventional methods, combining neuroanatomical, histological and behavioral approaches, assist with performing experiments that aim to identify neural activity underlying behavior and learning. Implement laboratory and surgical protocols and provide training to staff lab assistants, postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students in same. Provide work direction to staff lab assistants and train all new lab members on protocol for animal surgeries. Hire, train, and oversee students and volunteers in the lab.

Assist in executing projects to perform behavioral paradigms for mice, and study neural activity during behavior. Collect, analyze, and organize data for record-keeping and publication as appropriate. Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Theoretical and practical knowledge of biochemistry, molecular biology, immunology and genetics, including relevant laboratory techniques, acquired through a Bachelor's degree in Biology, Neuroscience or related field OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Experience working with and handling rodents in laboratory setting. Experience in behavioral studies with mice is strongly preferred.

  • Experience in managing mouse colonies, including genotyping, crossing and creating and maintaining accurate breeding records.

  • Knowledge of animal protocols and experience with animal care procedures, husbandry, anesthesia/analgesia requirements, postoperative care, euthanasia, experimental use records and carcass disposal of UCSD or another accredited institute.

  • Theoretical and practical knowledge of neuroscience with demonstrated ability to perform independent scientific inquiry in neurobiology.

  • Demonstrated experience in small rodent surgery including anesthesiology procedures and injections. Excellent experience and ability to perform brain surgeries, including precise and stereotaxic injections of dyes and viruses, and adaptive use of different brain atlases for precise injections of tracer compounds. Good hand/eye coordination and surgical skills and knowledge for fine dissection. Demonstrated ability to learn new surgical techniques with minimal instructions. Ability to improve surgical protocols independently when possible.

  • Experience with immunohistochemistry, and preparing laboratory stock solutions. Demonstrated knowledge of necessary care and precautions for use and storage of antisera, reagents, and for handling of hazardous and carcinogenic chemicals.

  • Ability to develop, follow and trouble-shoot established lab protocols and lab procedures with direction from PI.

  • Demonstrated ability to maintain laboratory, coordinate research projects, and provide work direction as needed to lab personnel.

  • Strong ability to learn the scientific research. Willingness and ability to learn new skills, research methods, and scientific principles.

  • Skill and ability to hire, train, and provide work direction to undergraduate students and staff lab assistants in various techniques, protocols and procedures.

  • Knowledge/understanding and 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.

  • Knowledge of federal guidelines for Good Laboratory Practices for humane use of animals. AAALAC or AALAS certifications desirable. Knowledge of research animal care protocols and procedures as defined by AAALAC and AALAS, and governmental agencies, and sensitivity to the humane care of animals in research.

  • Strong computer skills in MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, email etc. with the ability to independently learn new programs.

  • Excellent English verbal and written communications skills, to articulate information on one’s position, plan of action, evaluation or interpretation in a professional, logical, clear, effective, concise, and courteous manner. Skill at negotiating with various personalities and developing an internal and external network of contacts.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills including tact, diplomacy and flexibility with the ability and experience to work in a team framework in conjunction with principles of community with staff, faculty and students. Participate and contribute to discussions regarding procedures and goals of department.

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


  • Must be willing to work occasional overtime on evenings and weekends as required to keep steady workflow and meet deadlines.

  • Must be able to work with rodents as animal subjects, and to work with bio-hazardous materials.

  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

  • Must have good hand/eye coordination for animal surgery duties, etc.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $53,766 - $64,143 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $25.75 - $30.72

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).

If employed by the University of California, you will be required to comply with our Policy on Vaccination Programs, which may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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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