Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Salary Range
$50,000 - $54,000 / Year
Appointment Type:
Limited Appointment
Appointment Percent:
RX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri

#117610 Staff Research Associate

Extended Deadline: Mon 10/3/2022

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

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

This is a 100% Limited position for 12 months. This appointment may be extended and converted to career status based on the needs of the department.


The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering is in the Irwin and Joan Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. It is a large interdisciplinary engineering department that provides an exciting and inclusive environment that promotes discovery and excellence in a wide range of engineering, scientific, entrepreneurial and professional areas with over 1,000 undergraduate students, 400 graduate students and 50+ faculty.

The Congenital Anomaly Research Laboratory is seeking a Staff Research Associate to join our team studying the etiology of congenital heart defects using the chick animal model. The research associate will assist the Principal Investigator (PI) in conducting scientific research using the chick animal model. Chick embryo experiments will include standard developmental biology techniques as well as mechanical manipulations, including but not limited to dissection, imaging and immunohistochemistry. In addition, the incumbent will maintain and grow viral vectors. Furthermore, the incumbent will help manage the lab and be responsible for ordering/quoting equipment, organizing equipment/supplies, equipment maintenance, making solutions, writing standard operating procedures, biohazardous/chemical waste management/disposal, and assisting with writing/publishing manuscripts. Chick embryo work will also include transfection of plasmid DNA, and selection and cloning of the appropriate transformants on the selectable media.


  • Theoretical and practical knowledge of biology, molecular biology or biochemistry acquired through a BS or BA Degree in Biology, Bioengineering or related field.

  • Demonstrated experience working with antibodies.

  • Experience working with molecular biology procedures such as DNA and RNA cloning.

  • Proven knowledge and skill working with sterile equipment and supplies. Experience with the operation of laboratory equipment, including centrifuges, ultracentrifuges, balances, and pH meters.

  • Proven experience using fluorescent microscope.

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

  • Proven knowledge of PubMed or library literature search to identify relevant research papers, journals and books.

  • Ability to record scientific data in a well-organized laboratory notebook. Strong organizational skills to keep clear and accurate records.

  • Knowledge of Material Data Safety Sheets, and hazardous communication and Injury and Illness Prevention programs. Proven knowledge of laboratory safety precautions, including use of protective items such as goggles, coats, etc., and the ability to train other laboratory members in safety precautions.

  • Experience and knowledge of proper handling, storage and disposal of chemicals, radioisotopes, biochemicals, hazardous chemicals, and biohazardous materials, including radioactive materials.

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills. Ability using tact, diplomacy, discretion, and flexibility with diverse personalities. Ability to work as part of research team and interact effectively with collaborating labs and others in scientific community. Ability to maintain confidentiality of matters related to work.

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

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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