Job Description

Payroll Title:
Salary Range
Commensurate with Experience
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
RX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, M-F

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

#112138 Staff Research Associate

Extended Deadline: Fri 7/8/2022

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 10/08/2021 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 10/20/2021. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The Department of Anesthesiology employs over 200 academic and staff personnel and has an annual operating budget of $40 million in annualized resources between Practice Plan Revenues, VAMC funding, Hospital and Medical Group Funding, UC Foundation, Research Sources and School of Medicine Funds. There are over 80 clinical faculty, 12 Ph.D, faculty and post docs, 41 residents, 16 clinical fellows, 27 Certified Nurse Anesthetists, 1 Physician Assistant and four bargaining units represented. The Department provides Clinical Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Services at Hillcrest, Thornton, Shiley, Children's and the VAMC. The Department operates a Pain Clinic at Perlman. The Department's research programs include bench and clinical research programs located at the VAMC, MTF, CTF, BSB, Hillcrest, Thornton and Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine.

Under supervision of the Principle Investigator, the incumbent will manage all aspects of the research laboratory and conduct independent research projects. The position requires dual functions in scientific research and laboratory management. The research functions involve independent performance of a wide variety of specialized laboratory procedures in molecular, cellular and behavioral biology. These require proficiency in basic cell biology lab techniques including gene expression and knockdown, sterile mammalian cell culture, flow cytometry, qPCR, immunoblot ELISAs, immunofluorescence staining and immunohistochemistry. These assays will require the incumbent to utilize equipment and software to perform high and fluorescence microscopy, image acquisition, image analysis and statistical analysis methods. The incumbent will also participate in animal studies including surgeries and injections and assists in maintaining mouse colonies.

Skills in data interpretation and study design based on current scientific literature and recent advances in the field are essential. The incumbent will make significant innovative contributions pertaining to design and overall direction of research projects, proposing possible changes in new directions when appropriate and trouble shooting. The position will read and extract relevant scientific articles, finding new sources of information for novel experimental design and execution. The incumbent will participate in the preparation of manuscripts and scientific articles suitable for publication in scientific journals, including editing technical sections of the manuscript and helping in preparing figures. The incumbent will independently perform data analyses, including statistical analysis, using computerized methods.

The lab oversight responsibilities include coordinating with EH&S to maintain a safe work environment. The position will oversee ledgers, income and expenditures and monitor lab safety issues. The position will oversee ledgers, income and expenditures and monitor lab safety issues. The position includes overseeing ordering, inventory, equipment upkeep, interfacing with neighbor laboratories and collaborators. The incumbent will provide work direction and teach laboratory procedures to lower levels staff research associates, undergraduates,
graduate students and visiting scholars in technical studies.


  • Advanced theoretical knowledge of a life science as typically acquired by a Bachelor’s degree in the field of molecular biology, biochemistry, or genetics or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Extensive knowledge and experience in the fields of molecular biology, biochemistry, immunohistochemistry, tissues culture and animal research.

  • Proven experience to independently participate in the execution of research projects. Expert knowledge sufficient to coordinate studies within our lab, other labs, other departments and universities. Skill to plan and organize work assignments in an efficient and highly productive manner.

  • Experience performing advance techniques in preparations of experiments. This includes techniques with various types of fluorescent microscopy, molecular biology, biochemistry and primary cell culture. Ability to troubleshoot techniques independently and in preparation of the next step.

  • Excellent communication skills (both verbal and written) and interpersonal skills needed to interact professionally and effectively in the work environment with a diverse population.

  • Able to discuss and understand day to day laboratory issues, lab research including experimental plans, results and ideas with the PI, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and other lab personnel. Ability to read, comprehend and present research materials.

  • Proven experience and knowledge of proper handling, storage, accounting for and disposal or research materials. Knowledge of EH&S procedures for laboratory safety and experience employing these guidelines in a laboratory setting.

  • Intermediate to advance computer skills using MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PhotoShop, email system and a variety of web-based programs (GenBank, BLAST).

  • Ability to provide quick and flexible leadership around shifts in project needs that occur based on the ground realities.

  • Experience in maintaining general laboratory equipment (e.g. centrifuges, Milliq water systems, etc. Knowledge of EH&S procedures for laboratory safety.

  • Intermediate to advance computer skills using MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PhotoShop, email system and a variety of web based programs (Genbank).


  • Masters degree in related field.
  • Previous experience working in a neurosciences lab.
  • Knowledge of assessing behaviors in animals.
  • Previous experience in calcium imaging.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Must be willing to work with animals.
  • Must be willing to work with bio-hazardous materials.
  • Must be able to work occasional weekends or extended hours to meet project deadlines and experiments.
  • Must be willing to work with Visiting scholars with minimal English proficiency.

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!

Applications/Resumes are accepted for current job openings only. For full consideration on any job, applications must be received prior to the initial closing date. If a job has an extended deadline, applications/resumes will be considered during the extension period; however, a job may be filled before the extended date is reached.

To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.

UC San Diego Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

UC San Diego is a smoke and tobacco free environment. Please visit for more information.

Application Instructions

Please click on the link below to apply for this position. A new window will open and direct you to apply at our corporate careers page. We look forward to hearing from you!

Apply Online