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#116893 Staff Research Associate

Extended Deadline: Thu 7/14/2022

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The Department of Pediatrics is one of the largest departments within the School of Medicine with approximately 250 Faculty, 127 postdoctoral fellows (both MDs and PhDs) along with over 320 support staff (not including hospital staff). In addition, the Department has 68 clinical residents distributed across the Divisions. The missions of research, education and patient care are intertwined, and are integral to the goals of the department.

The Department manages a university-affiliated children's health system with the physicians and leadership of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Rady Children's Hospital, and Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego, a Medical Practice Foundation, unifying pediatric patient care, research, education and community service programs.

Participates in neuronal cell biology research on the microtubule cytoskeleton and intracellular transport in a fruit fly model. Maintains and works with Drosophila strains, including setting up crosses, stock keeping, and managing stock database. Under supervision performs standard molecular biology techniques including DNA isolation, PCR, DNA cloning, gel electrophoresis, DNA sequence analysis, and western blotting. Prepares samples (live whole mount or dissection, fixation and immunohistochemistry) for imaging via confocal microscopy. Records data carefully and analyzes and interprets results by using Prism, Excel, ImageJ and other computer applications. Modifies protocols as needed with supervision. Assist with organization and tasks related to ordering and maintaining lab supplies and equipment.


  • Theoretical knowledge of molecular and cell biology, genetics, and biochemistry.

  • Knowledge of or experience with laboratory techniques such as preparation of buffers and other standard reagents (e.g. ability to dilute stock reagents), PCR, gel electrophoresis, sequence analysis, DNA/RNA isolation.

  • Excellent ability to communicate both orally and in writing. Ability to make contributions to manuscripts and grant proposals in a clear and concise manner.

  • Knowledge of or experience with confocal microscopy.

  • Computers skills and demonstrated proficiency in the use of statistical software applications. Knowledge of database, word processing and spreadsheet applications, including Windows Office and Internet applications. Ability to learn new software as required.

  • Ability to understand research goals and rationale. Ability to contribute to discussions in which the goals are discussed or modified.

  • Demonstrated ability to follow university Environmental Health and Safety requirements.

  • Excellent organizational skills, including ability to prioritize work and maintain clear and accurate records.


  • Experience with Drosophila (or model organism genetics).


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.

  • Must be willing to work with hazardous materials.

  • Must be willing to work with animals.

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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