Job Description

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La Jolla
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RX Contract
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Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday-Friday

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

#115768 Staff Research Associate

Extended Review Date: Wed 7/13/2022

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 04/21/22 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 05/03/22. 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 level.


The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is a vibrant and growing Orthopaedic Surgery Department of 48 full-time faculty and 50 voluntary faculty, 4 physicians on MSP contracts, 32 trainees, and 34 staff that supports and participates in the academic, clinical, and research mission of UC San Diego. The Department generates over $12M in clinical revenue, and $5M (NIH & other) in research grants and contracts, with total annual expenditures exceeding $30M. The Department is a comprehensive orthopaedic group located in San Diego that offers a full spectrum of musculoskeletal clinical care, specializing in foot and ankle, hand, joint reconstruction, physical medicine and rehabilitation, spine, sports, and trauma. Research expertise includes advancements in muscle metabolism and physiology, neuromuscular bioengineering, intervertebral disc, and musculoskeletal physiology and epidemiology.

Under the supervision of the PI, Staff Research Associate will be responsible for animal handling, husbandry, and applicable surgical techniques, and humane forms of euthanasia. Per established protocols, assists with specimen preparation for histology and biology experiments. Documents, organizes and stores samples for future use, and follows guidelines to evaluate sample quality/purity according to acceptable standards. Under supervision, assesses experimental results and trouble shoots to improve. Records, analyzes and presents data using appropriate software. Maintains detail and accurate records, references materials and central files. Establishes procedures to ensure timely distribution of results and data with proper consent release, as required. Responsible for the maintenance of the lab, keeping lab clean and safe. Order and maintain lab supplies, ensure supplies charge to correct funding. Assist with training of lab members in laboratory protocols and safety.


  • Theoretical knowledge of biology, microbiology, or related field typically acquired through formal education at the collegiate level and/or comparable experience.

  • Proven skill to work with animals, particularly rat, rabbits as well as human tissues; tissue trimming and histology analysis, and knowledge and participation in necropsy. Knowledge to care for and handle small lab animals (mice, rats, guinea pigs, and rabbits) and to administer medications and anesthesia to perform phlebotomy and minor surgical procedures on animals, euthanize small laboratory animals. Familiarity with the writing of Animal Subjects protocols and with the surgical microscope and surgical procedures.

  • Experience with assisting in grant writing, manuscript preparation, and familiarity with basic statistics.

  • Excellent communication skills to act as liaison between PI, laboratory personnel and ACP veterinary staff.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills needed to interact professionally and effectively in the work environment.

  • Skill in accurate record keeping and ability to organize, analyze, and calculate data. Knowledge in basic math for maintaining ledgers, income and expenditures reports.

  • Good organizational skills to order laboratory equipment and supplies.


  • Knowledge of general laboratory safety procedures. Knowledge of EH&S policies and procedures for hazardous waste handling.
  • Able to manage project progress based under PI’s instruction using the project management software.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Must be willing to work with animals.
  • Must be willing to travel between UCSD campus and the VA hospital.
  • Must be willing to work some evenings and weekends.

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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