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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.

#114714 Staff Research Associate

Filing Deadline: Wed 6/1/2022

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.


Under supervision, the incumbent will assist senior researchers with preparing samples for mass spectrometry analysis from collaborators participating in the SEED grant program as well as carrying out experiments to analyze food and human skin samples by mass spectrometry. We have developed protocols in the laboratory for collection of food and skin samples, extraction and preparation for mass spectrometry analysis and the incumbent will be trained to use these protocols for the research projects.


  • Ability to perform basic analytical chemistry lab experiments such as preparation of solutions and reagents according to research project needs.

  • Skill in working in a fast-paced research laboratory with deadlines for research results for grant proposals, manuscripts, and presentations at scientific meetings.

  • Strong communication skills to communicate in person, by phone, and in writing to diverse groups of persons who are laboratory staff, students, administrative staff, and academic faculty.

  • Ability to maintain inventories of laboratory reagents, solvents, glassware, and related items.

  • Proficient use of computer software for large equipment, internet, word processing, scientific graphics, literature searches, and drawing chemical structures.

  • Strong ability to provide oral presentation and explanation of research methods and results.

  • Ability to keep detailed and understandable records of experimental procedures, results, and evaluation of research results.

  • Ability to organize experiments with controls to make progress on several related projects.

  • Ability to make improvements on existing procedures that require trouble-shooting.

  • Theoretical knowledge of chemistry or related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • Theoretical knowledge and or experience in mass spectrometry.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Willing to work some nights and weekends, depending on needs of the research.

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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