Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Salary Range
$24.88 - $27.12 / Hour
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
RX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8:00am - 4:30pm , Mon - Fri, occasional overtime as needed

#120435 Staff Research Associate 1

Extended Deadline: Thu 2/9/2023

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


Under supervision of the Principal Investigator (PI), the incumbent will assist with research projects on glial cell function in the developing and mature mouse nervous system. Incumbent will assist with a wide variety of standard repetitive procedures such as preparation of solutions using sterile and non-sterile technique, preparation and maintenance of cell line and primary cultures, basic cloning, DNA preparation, RNA extraction from cells and tissues, quantitative PCR, mouse genotyping, and mouse colony maintenance.

In addition, incumbent will organize and maintain laboratory, order supplies and equipment, help to oversee undergraduate laboratory employees if applicable, serve as safety coordinator, and perform other laboratory research duties.


  • Theoretical and practical knowledge of biochemistry, molecular biology, neuroscience and genetics, including relevant laboratory techniques, acquired through a Bachelor's degree in Biology or other physical sciences; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Demonstrated practical experience in a laboratory and research environment.

  • Experience with immunohistochemical staining

  • Experience in cloning, mRNA synthesis, PCR, western blot analysis.

  • Demonstrated experience performing sterile technique used in culturing cell lines, neurons, and/or brain tissue.

  • Demonstrated experience with and understanding of laboratory equipment, such as spectrophotometers, centrifuges, balances, autoclaves, and pH meters

  • Ability to hire, train and provide work direction to undergraduate student lab employees. Skill to train others in various lab techniques and procedures (safety precautions, preparation of media, dishwashing, equipment usage, laboratory maintenance, etc).

  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills. Demonstrated ability in using tact, diplomacy, discretion, and flexibility with diverse personalities and situations. Demonstrated ability to work as part of a research team and interact effectively with collaborating labs and others in scientific community.

  • Demonstrated organizational skills, including ability to keep clear and accurate records and follow written and oral lab protocols. Must be flexible and able to function in a fast-paced and changing work environment.

  • Demonstrated skill and knowledge to maintain an organized lab and stocks of essential supplies and reagents, purchase lab supplies and equipment, oversee equipment repairs, and ensure lab equipment is running efficiently and maintained properly.

  • Proven ability to maintain confidentiality in matters related to work.

  • Proven ability to learn new experimental methods, and work independently or collaboratively with other lab members, with accuracy and attention to detail.

  • Experience and skill with MAC or PC programs, filemaking, spreadsheet, and graphics software; willingness and ability to update and increase computer skills and knowledge as needed.

  • Demonstrated 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.

  • Sensitivity to the needs and humane treatment of caged laboratory animals in compliance with AAALAC standards.

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

  • Experience with rodents as the primary experimental system.


  • Must be able to work with rodents as experimental animals.

  • Must be able to work occasional overtime (evening or weekend) as required by particular experiments.

  • Background check required.

Pay Transparency Act Full Salary Range: $51,949 - $61,972 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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