Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Salary Range
$24.88 - $25.46 / Hour
Appointment Type:
Limited Appointment
Appointment Percent:
RX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
8 hrs/day, Mon - Fri, occasional OT if required

#117635 Staff Research Associate

Extended Deadline: Fri 8/12/2022

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

This is a 100% limited position for 12 months with the possibility of extending or conversion to career status depending on the project needs and funding availability


Under supervision of the Principal Investigator (PI) and senior researchers, the incumbent will assist in research on the structure and function of the reward circuitry in rodents by carrying out various anatomical, immunohistochemical and microscopy procedures. Research involves extracting, dissecting, fixing, slicing and staining brain tissue for microscopic analysis.

Oversight and maintenance of the mouse colony, cell lines and perform DNA transfections. Additional duties include lab support with supply ordering, overseeing preparation of standard solutions, maintaining common lab equipment, advising on lab safety protocols and ensuring lab is clean safe and safe work environment.


  • Theoretical knowledge of cell biology, microscopy, immunohistochemistry biology as acquired through a B.S. in Biology or related field, OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Experience performing basic techniques in histology, in vivo behavioral experiments, molecular biology, and immuno-histochemistry.

  • Laboratory experience with basic and general cell biology techniques including genotyping, DNA transfections, maintaining cell lines, and microscopy.

  • Minimum of at least one (1) year of lab experience maintaining a mouse colony, breeding, and collecting tissue for genotyping

  • Experience using basic laboratory equipment (light microscopes, balances, pH meter, centrifuges, etc.).

  • Broad understanding of equipment and technologies used in Neuroscience research.

  • Skill to prepare and maintain laboratory records, files and notebooks.

  • Excellent (English) communication skills including skill to interpret and carry out written and oral instructions.

  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to create and maintain excellent working relationships in a team environment.

  • Ability to work independently with a variety of PC computer applications such as Microsoft Office, with willingness and ability to update and increase skills and knowledge as needed.

  • Sensitivity to the needs of laboratory animals in compliance to AAALAC standards.

  • Skills and knowledge to maintain stocks of essential supplies and reagents, to purchase lab supplies, and to ensure lab equipment is running efficiently.

  • Knowledge/understanding and at least some experience with Safety Data Sheets, hazard communication and Injury and Illness Prevention Program. Familiarity with a Chemical Hygiene Plan addressing safety precautions including appropriate clothing and shoes, safe handling of chemicals, use of protective items. Willingness and ability to keep safety training current and consistent with research involvement.


  • Ability and willingness to work with rodents as experimental animals
  • Ability and willingness to work with viral vectors
  • Ability and willingness to handle lab chemicals
  • Must be willing to work occasional overtime (evening or weekend) based on the needs of the experiments

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

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