Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Salary Range
$24.88 - $29.68 /hour
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
RX Contract
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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.

#119957 Staff Research Associate

Extended Deadline: Thu 12/8/2022

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 11/07/22 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 11/17/22. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


Under supervision, perform at full operational skill level, conduct experiments in stem cell biology and the fields of cancer and neuronal biology. Independently perform experiments making technical determinations and/or observations related to federally funded research projects. Independently perform PCR, cell-based immune assays, ELISA, cell culture, protein blotting, and flow cytometry. Conduct limited variety of non-standard procedures. Conduct immune oncology and lung disease animal experiments with both mice and rats including tissue extraction and processing, histology, immunofluorescence staining, basic microscopy, ELISA, and immunohistochemistry. Data processing and presentation and statistical analysis. Contribute to lab administration, compliance, and maintenance. The researcher will investigate the stem cell-based delivery of immune modulating agents to animals with various types of cancers and lung diseases such as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.


  • Theoretical knowledge of biomedical or related science as typically attained by a Bachelor's degree, or an equivalent combination of education and experience..

  • Experience and ability to initiate and maintain multiple different eukaryotic cell lines including freezing, thawing, storage, and plating cells in preparation for experiments. Experience with sterile techniques, trouble shooting of contamination problems, and care of incubators and liquid nitrogen freezers.

  • Theoretical knowledge of molecular biology techniques and genetics and experience in extracting DNA/RNA, PCR, PT-PCR, qPCR.

  • Experience in animal care, breeding, surgery, organ/tissue extraction, and tissue processing

  • Demonstrated experience with immunohistochemistry and ELISA

  • Experience in Histology processing, embedding, sectioning, and staining.

  • Experience with mouse and rat handling, surgeries, anesthesia, injections, euthanasia, and tissue harvest.

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

  • 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; including persons from foreign countries, the business community, academicians, students and staff with a high degree of diplomacy, mature judgment, tact, and flexibility.

  • Knowledge of proper formats, grammar, and spelling in English and proofreading ability sufficient to compose, edit, and publish professional correspondence as well as effectively and accurately document research procedures. Ability to read, comprehend, discuss, and present research materials.

  • Strong organizational skills to order and maintain lab reagents and supplies, and keep accurate lab records and computer files. Experience in ordering, maintaining, trouble-shooting, and calibrating general laboratory equipment (e.g. centrifuges, incubators, microscopes, water baths, etc).

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

  • Experience with gel/blot imaging and microscopic imaging techniques for both fluorescence and bright field applications and with digital histology image software assisted image processing and analysis.

  • Knowledge and experience with the software Adobe Photoshop. Ability to prepare publication-ready figures following the different journals guidelines.

  • Experience in tissue culture, with both immortalized and primary cells. Technical skill in stem cell culture technology and neurons; conducting research relating to diseases of the nervous system.


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


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Must be willing and able to work with animals (mice and rats) hazardous materials (biological and chemical).

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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