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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.

#115439 Staff Research Associate

Extended Review Date: Mon 8/8/2022

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

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

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 05/04/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 05/16/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The UCSD Department of Pharmacology is one of two basic science units in the School of Medicine where world-class researchers investigate the effects of chemical interventions on biological systems. The faculty are internationally renowned for their strength in elucidating basic cellular and molecular mechanisms of signal transduction that lead to innovative drug target identification and ultimately to cutting edge drug discovery. The faculty also play a major role in medical and graduate student training, providing educational and programmatic offerings that span several disciplines, and provide diversity to meet the interests of a broad spectrum of students and scholars. More than one hundred trainees at the graduate student and postdoctoral level, as well as a staff of more than 50 research technicians and department administrators interact closely with the faculty. The diverse mix of ages, backgrounds, and talents creates a robust work environment with challenging career opportunities and a commitment to continued growth potential. We constantly seek to recruit highly motivated, technologically-advanced and interested individuals to become a part of our dynamic exploratory research and educational environment. For more information, please visit our website at

Under supervision, the Staff Research Associate performs a wide variety of standard repetitive laboratory and experimental procedures. The Staff Research Associate will assist in maintaining several lines of cultured cells, including human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs), prepare chemical solutions, and assist PI and other lab members with experiments. Under technical supervision perform differentiation of hiPSCs into organoid tissues, including brain organoids. Will perform laboratory and tissue culture facility maintenance duties (including ordering supplies, assuring that lab equipment is kept in working condition and general clean up). Interact easily with faculty, postdoctoral scholars, students and research technicians.


  • Theoretical knowledge of biological science, chemistry, biochemistry or molecular biology or equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

  • Familiarity with wide range of standard molecular and mammalian cellular biology techniques and mammalian cell culture.

  • Experience of basic laboratory procedures and equipment, including preparation of buffers, solutions and reagents and sterile techniques.

  • Knowledge of tissue culture and experience with maintenance of tissue culture facility.

  • Experience with preparing primary cultures, maintaining cell lines and preparing chemical solutions.

  • Attention to protocol and details and ability to assist with troubleshooting.

  • Demonstrated ability to work with minimal supervision, take initiative, be proactive and self-directed.

  • Ability to work well with others; take instructions and explain protocols to others. Demonstrated ability to work independently and cooperatively with minimal supervision.

  • Knowledge of laboratory safety and EH&S safety requirements. Knowledge of MSDS's (Material Data Safety Sheets) and the hazard communication and Injury and Illness and Prevention Program (IIPP). Knowledge of laboratory safety precautions including appropriate closing, safe handling of chemicals, and the use of protective items such as gloves and goggles, with the ability to train others.

  • Ability to communicate with colleagues and superiors, including asking questions and provide notification of problems.

  • Experience working with mice and rodents.

  • Knowledge and experience of proper handling, storage, and disposal of hazardous chemicals and biohazardous materials.


  • Bachelor's degree in biological science.

  • Understanding of UC ordering procedures.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

  • Ability to work carefully with potentially harmful agents and biohazardous materials.

  • Must be willing and able to work with organoids as a research model.

  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends, if necessary.

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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