Job Description

Payroll Title:
Full Salary Range
$24.88 - $43.58 / Hour
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
RX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, Variable, Monday-Friday

As a federally-funded institution, UC San Diego Health maintains a marijuana and drug free campus. New employees are subject to drug screening.

#119823 Staff Research Associate

Extended Deadline: Tue 11/29/2022

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 11/07/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 11/16/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

This position will be hired at the Staff Research Associate 1 or Staff Research Associate 2 level depending on the experience of the selected candidate. The salary range for the SRA 1 is $24.88 - 29.68/hr and the SRA 2 is $27.09 - $43.58/hr.

Placement within the range is determined by internal equity, relevant qualifications, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).


Under supervision of the PI or senior staff, the Staff Research Associate will be engaging in cell and developmental biology activities, with a strong focus on placental and stem cell biology. They will perform/assist with research activities such as isolation of primary cells from human placental tissues and in vitro tissue culture work (including culture of human pluripotent stem cells). They will prepare libraries for sequencing and submit samples to the core. Under the supervision of a computational biologist, they will perform dataset analysis, including bulk and single cell RNA-seq, ChIP-seq for histone modifications and transcription factors, ATAC-seq, CUT&RUN, single nuclei multiome analysis, using R. They will execute molecular and cellular biology assays including quantitative real-time PCR, Western blotting, gene expression manipulation using lentiviral vectors, flow cytometry and immunofluorescence analysis.


  • Theoretical knowledge of molecular biology techniques and genetics typically acquired through a Bachelor's degree in biology or related field, and/or relevant lab experience.

  • Experience in basic cell culture and tissue isolation sterile technique.

  • Demonstrated ability to follow written and verbal protocols, techniques, and instructions.

  • Demonstrated excellent communication and interpersonal skills over a wide range of situations and individuals needed to interact professionally and effectively in the work environment in person, on the phone, and in writing to a diverse population.

  • Demonstrated experience with the operation of a personal computer and software applications, such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access), Photoshop, Acrobat.

  • Ability to read, comprehend, discuss, and present research materials.

  • Willingness to learn new theory, techniques, and tasks and share knowledge.


  • Knowledge of bio, chemical, and radiation safety techniques and practices. Demonstrated ability to follow established Safety and Biohazardous Material Guidelines and implement measures to ensure compliance and maintain associated records.

  • Experience in keeping accurate and well-organized lab records, lab notebook and computer data files.

  • Familiarity with the program language R and large dataset analysis (i.e. RNA-seq, ChIP-seq, etc.) and willingness to learn new software for data analysis.

  • Experience with UCSD ordering, EH&S, and facilities policies and business systems.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

  • Must be willing to work with animal/human tissues.

  • Must be willing to work with hazardous materials.

  • Occasional travel to campus (about 2 miles away from lab).

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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