Job Description

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Hiring Salary Range
$24.88 - $27.12 / Hour
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RX Contract
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Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri

#117686 Staff Research Associate

Extended Deadline: Wed 8/10/2022

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 07/23/22 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 08/03/22. 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 of the Principal Investigator (PI) and senior researchers, the incumbent will assist in research to understand the mechanisms regulating the development and function of the nervous system by carrying out molecular and cell biological experiments. Research involves DNA preparation, gel electrophoresis, tissue dissection and fixation, microscopic analysis and maintenance of C. elegans strains.

Incumbent will assist in tissue collection and genotyping of mice. Additional duties include lab support with supply ordering, overseeing preparation of standard solutions, maintaining common lab equipment, maintaining mouse colony, advising on lab safety protocols and ensuring lab is clean safe and safe work environment. Perform other duties as assigned.


  • 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

  • Knowledge of scientific terminology.

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

  • Ability to learn new experimental methods as required. Ability to work independently or collaboratively on a research project.

  • Willingness and ability to learn operation of lab equipment and techniques, such as autoclaves, plate pouring, image collection.

  • Excellent (English) communication skills including skill to interpret and carry out written and oral instructions.Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact effectively with diverse personalities.

  • 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 mice

  • Ability and willingness to handle lab chemicals

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

  • Background check require.

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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