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

#114655 Staff Research Associate

Extended Deadline: Mon 10/10/2022

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 02/25/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 03/09/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

Depending on experience of the selected candidate, this position will be hired at the SRA 1 or SRA 2 NEX level.


Under supervision and tutelage of the PI will perform experiments related to cell migration and cancer cell metastasis research projects. Conduct specialized cell biology techniques such as purifying protein from pseudopodia of migrating cells, cell migration assays, and in vitro experiments. Maintain cells in culture and perform transfections with adenoviruses, retroviruses, and siRNA. Under supervision, perform general molecular biology and related techniques, including RT-PCR, gel electrophoresis, cloning, and virus propagation. Under supervision, conduct various protein biochemistry procedures including protein determination, Western blotting, and immunoblotting. Maintain detailed records of experimental results and perform general lab duties. Under supervision, assist with the care and feeding of Zebrafish and assist with experimental procedures such as injection, administering anesthesia, euthanasia, and fluorescence imaging of live animals.


  • 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: molecular biology, immunology, and biochemistry,

  • Ability to perform standard repetitive techniques that may be required in research protocols related to specific lab. Ability to read, interpret and apply protocols in conducting research. Ability in following step wise experimental protocols.

  • Familiarity in the operation and maintenance of various lab equipment such as confocal and quantitative fluorescent microscopes, centrifuges, spectrophotometers, and scintillation counter.

  • Knowledge of maintaining a sterile environment.

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

  • 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.

  • Manual dexterity and legible handwriting. Ability assist with general lab maintenance, including cleaning and restocking supplies.

  • Familiar with chemical, radioisotope, and biological hazards, techniques, and practices and ability to recognize safety problems.

  • Experience working with Zebrafish in a laboratory environment, including general Zebrafish husbandry as well as ability to administer anesthesia and other medications, to perform microinjections and other experimental procedures, and to euthanatize animals.

  • Basic knowledge of RT-PCR, gel electrophoresis, cloning, transfection, site directed mutagenesis, and virus propagation.


  • Experience with UCSD ordering, EH&S, and facilities policies and business systems.
  • Willing to work with hazardous agents, such as adenoviruses, retroviruises and lentiviruses.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Must be willing and able to work with animals (mice and rats) hazardous materials (biological and chemical).

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!

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