Job Description

Payroll Title:
MEDICINE/Regenerative Medicine
Salary Range
Commensurate with Experience
La Jolla
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
RX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday-Friday

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#114047 Staff Research Associate

Filing 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 1/19/22 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 1/28/22. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The Department of Medicine (DoM) is the largest department within the UCSD School of Medicine (SoM) and is responsible for fulfilling its teaching, research, and clinical missions. DoM employees approximately 500 salaried faculty, nearly 200 academic appointees, and more than 300 residents, fellows, and postdocs, supported by almost 1,000 staff members. The Sponsored Projects Office (SPO) functions within DoM Administration and interfaces with data and individuals throughout the department, SoM, campus, and Health System regarding financial and operational matters.

Under supervision of the principal investigator (PI) and the lab manager, incumbent will perform a wide variety of biological experiments related to brain tumor biology and genetics, including tissue culture experiments and mouse work. Under supervision, perform experiments making technical determinations and/or observations related to research projects. Assist in performing polymerase chain reaction (PCR), cell-based assays, cell culture, CRISPR/Cas9 engineering, protein blotting and flow cytometry. Conduct a limited variety of non-standard procedures.


  • Theoretical knowledge of a life science such as is typically acquired by a Bachelor's Degree in a field related to the research being conducted. Related fields may include any of the following fields of study: biology, molecular biology, biochemistry.

  • Ability to contribute original project development ideas and incorporate those ideas into research.

  • Experience in cell culture, transfection, Western blotting, ELISA, apoptosis assays.

  • Demonstrated experience and ability to perform standard repetitive techniques that may be required in research protocols related to specific lab. Demonstrated ability to read, interpret and apply protocols in conducting research. Demonstrated ability in following step wise experimental protocols. Skill to troubleshoot adaptations of experimental protocols.

  • Demonstrated skill in the operation and maintenance of various lab equipment such as fluorescent microscopes, centrifuges, spectrophotometers, and FACS instruments.

  • Demonstrated knowledge to read and use Material Safety Data Sheet's. Knowledge of environmental health and safety requirements and to assure safety in the lab. Experienced in working and maintaining a sterile environment. Demonstrated ability to follow established EH&S Safety and Biohazardous Material Guidelines.

  • Communication skills (both verbal and written) needed to interact professionally and effectively in the work environment, as well as effectively recommend and accurately document research procedures. Ability to read, comprehend and discuss research materials.

  • Demonstrated skill in managing accurate record keeping and ability to organize, analyze, and calculate data.

  • Experience with the operation of a personal computer and software application, such as Access, MS Word and Excel. Knowledge to work with and learn new software for analysis

  • Effective and diplomatic oral and written communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to work with a variety of personnel from different laboratories and instruct in optimal procedures for assays.

  • Willingness to learn new techniques and tasks and share knowledge to inform and teach students and postdocs new techniques.

  • Knowledge sufficient to coordinate studies with other departments and the lab. Demonstrated effective time management skills to plan and organize work assignments in an efficient and productive manner.

  • Knowledge of radiation safety and biosafety techniques and practices. Experience to work with chemical, radioisotope, and biological hazards and to recognize safety problems.

  • Demonstrated ability to assist in the preparation of papers for publication, research proposals.

  • Knowledge of RT-PCR, gel electrophoresis, cloning and virus propagation.

  • Enthusiasm for learning and a genuine interest in scientific research. Willingness and ability to learn new skills, research methods, and scientific principles.

  • Willing to work with hazardous agents, such as adenoviruses, retroviruses and lentiviruses.


  • Demonstrated proficiency in molecular biology and tissue culture techniques.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Willing to work with hazardous materials (biological, chemical radioactive).
  • Willing to work with mice/rodents.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

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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