Job Description

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Hiring Salary Range
$24.16 - $26.33 / Hour
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RX Contract
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Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon - Fri

#117327 Staff Research Associate

Extended Deadline: Tue 8/9/2022

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 7/5/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 7/14/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

Job posting will remain open until a suitable candidate has been identified.


Under supervision, the Staff Research Associate will assist the Principal Investigator in research on the neural basis of behavioral variability and social behavior in the zebrafish (Danio Rerio) and micro glassfish (Danionella Translucida). The incumbent is responsible for the experimental care and maintenance of zebrafish and micro glassfish colonies (feeding, cleaning, breeding, cataloguing, maintaining), and will perform molecular biology techniques to prepare plasmids and produce transgenic fish (cloning, PCR, genotyping, embryonic injections), and assist with other routine research tasks (behavioral experiments, histology, molecular labeling).

In addition, the Staff Research Associate will perform routine laboratory duties such as order and maintain lab equipment, supplies, and records; serve as lab safety coordinator; maintain cleanliness of lab; prepare buffers, media, and solutions; and perform other general lab duties as needed. The incumbent will train lab members on fish husbandry and lab safety protocols.

  • Must be willing and able to work with fish as a primary research subject.

  • Must be willing to work occasional overtime (evening or weekend) based on needs of experiments.


  • Theoretical and practical background and knowledge in Molecular, Cell Biology, Neurobiology/Neurosciences and Biochemistry acquired through a BS degree or higher in Biology or related field, OR an equivalent combination of education and laboratory experience.

  • College level course or equivalent in general laboratory techniques and molecular techniques including the ability to prepare solutions and use a pH meter.

  • Demonstrated experience with fish as a research model. Practical competency in the handling, breeding, and rearing of fish. Skill and ability to train lab members on fish husbandry techniques and lab safety protocols.

  • Demonstrated experience with behavioral experiments, optogenetic manipulations, and multiphoton microscopy.

  • Demonstrated laboratory experience with basic and general techniques in molecular biology including DNA and RNA preparation and extraction, molecular cloning, gel electrophoresis, PCR, etc.

  • Proven ability to use standard lab equipment such as centrifuge, microscope, balances, etc.

  • Skill and ability to follow multistep assays and procedures.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of Material Safety Data Sheets, hazard communication and Injury and Illness Prevention Programs. Knowledge of laboratory safety precautions including appropriate clothing and shoes, safe handling of chemicals, and use of protective items such as gloves and goggles, etc. Knowledge of safety procedures using chemicals and radioactive material.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of purchasing and reimbursement procedures. Skill in maintaining steady levels of lab supplies, maintaining purchasing records, and training others in purchasing procedures.

  • Proven ability and organizational skills to keep accurate records of scientific data in well-organized lab notebook.

  • Demonstrated experience and skill using MAC or PC programs, including Microsoft Office.

  • Proven ability to learn new experimental methods, and work independently or collaboratively with other lab members, with accuracy and attention to detail.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Good interpersonal communication skills including tact, diplomacy, and flexibility with students, staff, faculty, and visitors of various cultures and backgrounds.

  • Willingness and ability to embrace and consistently uphold the UC San Diego Principles of Community for a collaborative work environment.


  • Must be willing and able to work with fish as a primary research subject.

  • Must be able to work safely with lab chemicals.

  • Must be able to lift and handle aquaculture equipment.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.

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