Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Salary Range
$24.16 - $25.75 /hour
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Appointment Percent:
RX Contract
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Work Schedule:
8 hrs/day, Mon - Fri, occasional overtime as needed

#112345 Staff Research Associate

Extended Deadline: Fri 1/28/2022

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 10/12/21 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 10/22/21. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

  • This position is open until filled. First Review Date 10/23/21.


The Herzik Lab in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCSD utilizes cutting-edge cryogenic electron microscopy (cryoEM) and complementary biochemical and biophysical approaches to investigate the mechanisms of macromolecular transport within eukaryotic cells. Under the supervision of the principal investigator, the staff research associate will perform scientific experiments to uncover the functions of macromolecular protein complexes and their roles in the transport of various biological molecules into and within eukaryotic organelles. The incumbent will perform molecular, biological, structural, and cell biological techniques including mammalian cell culture, DNA cloning, DNA isolation, PCR, Western blotting, recombinant protein expression in bacteria, yeast, and/or mammalian cells, protein purification, and cryoEM.

Incumbent will also maintain lab equipment and supplies and perform other general lab duties. The incumbent will work both independently and as part of a team, establishing and maintaining good working relationships will all members of the research group, including members of the Herzik Lab, collaborators, and UCSD colleagues.

  • Must be willing to work a flexible schedule to meet research deadlines
  • Must be willing to and able to work safely with hazardous materials
  • Must maintain critical documentation for laboratory operations and ordering of laboratory supplies


  • Experience with recombinant protein expression and purification techniques.

  • Experience in performing molecular cloning tasks.

  • Experience with sterile mammalian cell culture technique.

  • Theoretical knowledge of Biology, Molecular Biology, Structural Biology, and Biochemistry or other related field generally acquired through a Bachelor’s Degree; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Knowledge of Molecular Biology techniques, including DNA isolation and molecular cloning

  • Ability to record scientific data in a well-organized laboratory notebook. Good organizational skills including ability to jeep clear and accurate records.

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills. Good interpersonal communication skills including tact, diplomacy, and flexibility with students, staff, faculty, and visitors of various cultures and backgrounds. Ability to follow verbal and written instructions and procedures.

  • Knowledge of hazard communication and injury and illness Prevention Program. Knowledge of laboratory safety precautions including appropriate clothing and shoes, safe handling of chemical, use of protective items such as gloves and goggles, etc.

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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