Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Pay Scale
$24.16 - $25.75 / Hour
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
RX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri

#119201 Staff Research Associate

Extended Deadline: Mon 3/27/2023

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 10/12/22 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 10/21/22. 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), the incumbent will assist in research on stem cell and tissue culture maintenance by performing sterile techniques, media preparation and changes utilizing CRISPR and other gene editing technology. Will perform basic biological techniques including DNA/RNA extraction, cloning, western blots, qPCR. Incumbent will manage the mouse colony and perform basic mouse husbandry duties. In addition, incumbent will perform cell culture and tissue preparation by performing mouse perfusion, sectioning brain tissue, utilizing immunofluorescence and confocal microscopy.

The Staff Research Associate will organize and maintain laboratory, order supplies and equipment, help to oversee undergraduate laboratory employees if applicable, serve as safety coordinator, and perform other laboratory research duties.


  • 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.

  • Knowledge of scientific terminology related to cell, molecular biology and/or biochemistry.

  • Knowledge and skill with sterile technique for bacterial culture. Familiarity with basic tissue and stem cell culture techniques

  • Experience with phase contrast and fluorescence microscopy.

  • Experience with protein purification from mammalian cell culture

  • Skill to prepare and maintain laboratory records, files, and notebooks. Ability to follow written and/or oral protocols.

  • Excellent (English) verbal, written, and electronic communication skills that facilitate professional, effective, and courteous interactions with diverse personalities. Skill to work as part of a research team.

  • Experience with and understanding of basic laboratory equipment (centrifuges, light microscopes, balances, pH meter, incubators, spectrophotometers, and electrophoresis apparatus)

  • Skill 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.

  • Familiarity with Apple and PC computers and ability to work independently with a variety of computer applications such as Microsoft Office, with willingness and ability to update and increase skills and knowledge as needed. Skill to set up and maintain computerized databases of plasmid and cell line inventories.

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

  • Basic mathematical computation skills required to maintain accurate data and to prepare reagent solutions.

  • Experience with biological methods and procedures including cloning, mRNA synthesis, PCR, western blot analysis, DNA/RNA isolation.

  • Well-versed with federal guidelines for Good Laboratory Practices for humane use of animals. AAALAC or AALAS certifications desirable. Knowledge of research animal care protocols and procedures as defined by AAALAC and AALAS, and governmental agencies, and sensitivity to the humane care of animals in research

  • Experience with rodents as the primary experimental system.


  • Willing and able to work safely with lab chemicals, bacteria, mouse models and human cell lines.

  • Must be willing to work overtime during the evening or weekend when necessary for experiments.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $51,949 - $61,972 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $24.88 - $29.68

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

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.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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