Job Description

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

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

#115064 Staff Research Associate

Extended Deadline: Wed 5/25/2022

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 03/18/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 03/30/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

This position will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified.


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, Staff Research Associate will assist and perform a wide variety of biological experiments related to cancer cell biology. Primary functions include assisting with basic molecular biology techniques: DNA, RNA, and protein isolation and purification; qualitative and quantitative PCR; gel electrophoresis; bacterial transformation; cloning; and protein blotting. Assist post-doctoral fellows with surgical procedures. Staff Research Associate will provide general lab support including maintaining common lab equipment, and ensuring lab is clean, safe, and in compliance with regulations.


  • Theoretical and practical knowledge of biological and physiological sciences, with an emphasis in genetics, cellular and molecular biology.

  • Experience assisting with tissue culture including freezing, thawing, counting cells and splitting cultures.

  • Ability to perform standard repetitive techniques that may be required in research protocols related to a specific lab.

  • Experience working with mammalian cell culture.

  • Ability to train incoming students in basic molecular biology techniques.

  • Able to read and use Material Safety Data Sheets. Demonstrate ability to follow established Safety and Biohazardous Material Guidelines.

  • Demonstrated experience working in and maintaining a sterile environment.

  • Ability to keep accurate records and 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.

  • Ability to assist with general lab maintenance, including cleaning and restocking supplies and managing a regular schedule in the lab.

  • 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.

  • Ability to follow stepwise experimental protocols. Skill to troubleshoot adaptations of experimental protocols.


  • Knowledge of EH&S regulations and methods for handling, cleanup and waste disposal for biohazardous materials.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Must be willing and able to work in BioSafety Level II+ environment.
  • Must be willing to work with biohazardous materials.
  • Must be willing to work with animals (i.e., Mice).

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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