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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.

#117521 Staff Research Associate

Extended Review Date: Fri 8/26/2022

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

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 7/19/22 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 7/29/22. 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 is responsible for fulfilling the teaching, research, and clinical missions of the University of California, San Diego and employs 500+ full-time salaried faculty members and 150+ academic appointees. Staff personnel include 800+ staff in 9 bargaining units, students, and volunteers. There are over 250 clinical faculties practicing at multiple sites and hospitals. Professional fee billings for the department exceed $50 million with collections of over $19 million per year. The total annual budget is approximately $170 million, which includes contract and grant revenues, clinical practice and medical center funds, and other state and private endowment funds.

Under supervision and with training, the incumbent will assist with molecular and cell biology studies as well as mouse colony management, breeding, genotyping, and conducting mouse experiments. Mouse experiments will include injections, assisting and evolving to independently perform surgical studies and physiological analyses related to cardiovascular function, and collection of mouse tissues for analysis. Mouse tissue analysis will include processing for histology, performing microscopy (light and immunomicroscopy, including sectioning and staining). Various cellular and molecular studies will be performed including cell culture (primary and continuous lines), analysis of cells (staining, single cell isolation and analysis, in vitro culture); protein and nucleic acids analyses such as Western blotting and immunoprecipitation, RNA extraction and quantitative PCR. Will be responsible for assisting in lab organization, ordering materials and equipment for experiments, training new lab members, preparation of data reports and required regulatory documents, and communication of results to supervisor and laboratory members. Must be willing to work in a team environment and resolve conflicts amicably. The incumbent's research will advance the overall mission of the laboratory studying heart form, function and rhythm generation.

Depending on the experience of the selected candidate, this position will be hired at the SRA1 or SRA2 level. 


  • Theoretical knowledge of Biology, Immunology, Anatomy, Physiology and Disease including Genetics and Cell Biology as typically attained by a Bachelor’s degree and/or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Bachelor of Science degree or higher in Biology or Bioengineering or a related field preferred.

  • Mouse colony management, including breeding and genotyping genetically engineered mice.

  • Basic knowledge in DNA/RNA extraction, purification, quantification, and PCR /qPCR.

  • Ability to harvest and process tissues from mice for histology, protein, and nucleic acid analyses.

  • Ability to prepare and stain tissues and cells for microscopy.

  • Basic knowledge in DNA/RNA extraction, purification, quantification, and PCR /qPCR.

  • Basic ability to perform mammalian cell culture, including cell lines and primary cells.

  • Interest in PCR, cloning, restriction digests, ligation, transformations, and DNA/plasmid preps.

  • Interest in learning to capture high quality images of cells and stained tissues using light and fluorescence microscope, including ability to learn to use confocal microscope in the microscopy core.

  • Experience designing, executing, and analyzing research data in an organized manner and presenting findings to research faculty.

  • Ability to follow established safety and hazardous material guidelines and to keep an organized and clean laboratory bench.

  • Interest in learning to use programs such as ImageJ, Photoshop, Illustrator, Prism, PowerPoint, Excel to quantify results and present images and data.


  • Interest in assisting with some advance molecular biology experiments, such as immunoprecipitation.

  • Experience in morphological and histological analysis on mouse heart.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Must be willing to work with mice.
  • Must be willing to work occasional evenings and weekends as required to keep steady workflow and meet deadlines.

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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