Job Description

Payroll Title:
SRA 1
Department:
SCHOOL OF BIOLOGICAL SCI.
Hiring Salary Range
$24.88 - $26.52 / Hour
Worksite:
Appointment Type:
Career
Appointment Percent:
100%
Union:
RX Contract
Total Openings:
1
Work Schedule:
Days, 8:00am - 4:30pm , Mon - Fri., occasional overtime as needed

#120920 Staff Research Associate

Extended Deadline: Thu 2/9/2023

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 1/10/23 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 1/20/23. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

Job posting will remain open until a suitable candidate has been identified.

DESCRIPTION

Incumbent will assist the PI and other senior researchers in research projects to determine the mechanisms of neurotransmitter switching. Studies will involve embryos of Xenopus laevis and adult mice. Techniques will include Western Blotting, in situ probes, embryo preparation and complex mating and breeding of mice. Under supervision, perform various molecular biological and biochemical techniques and participate in in vitro and in vivo experiments using techniques such as immunostaining and fluorescence microscopy.

Responsible for laboratory management, including oversight of the laboratory budget, the ordering of supplies, and the maintenance of a safe and secure workplace. Supervise care and breeding of lab animals. Hire, train and provide work direction to undergraduate student laboratory assistants. Perform other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Demonstrated experience with molecular biological methods and procedures: DNA/RNA isolation/purification/ amplification, detection, agarose and acrylamide gel electrophoresis, western blotting

  • Theoretical knowledge of cell biology, histology, molecular biology, immunology, general and organic chemistry, biochemistry, mammalian physiology, and genetics acquired through Bachelor's degree in biology, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience.

  • Demonstrated analytical thinker, quick learner, and good listener with ability to follow oral and written instructions and protocols.

  • Experience in the use of spectrophotometer, balance, vortex, osmometer, pH meter, autoclave, drying oven, micropipette and centrifuge

  • Strong knowledge of embryological anatomy, ultrafine dissection, antibiotics, sterile techniques.

  • Experience with weighing and measuring chemicals, preparing molar and normal solutions and serial dilutions.

  • Skill in maintaining clear and concise records, skill in inventory of supplies and equipment.

  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills including phone etiquette, and ability to supervise and interact with varied personalities

  • Computer skills in entering, analyzing, and presenting data, using MS Word and Excel software with willingness and ability to update and increase skills and knowledge as needed.

  • 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.

  • Willingness and ability to work with frogs and mice. Humane handling of small animals. Knowledge of animal anatomy, care, feeding, watering & maintenance techniques. Ability to perform subcutaneous injections.

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

  • Knowledge of regulations affecting use, care breeding and disposal of animals. Knowledge of UCSD animal protocols forms preferred.

  • Ability to interview, train, and supervise assistants in the use of autoclaves, preparation of solutions, care of laboratory animals, use of catalogs and ordering supplies.

  • Ability to work safely with hazardous materials. Experience and knowledge of proper handling, storage and disposal of chemicals, biochemicals, hazardous chemicals, and biohazardous materials including radioactive materials.

  • Knowledge of California driving laws and possession of a valid driver's license.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS

  • Willingness and ability to work occasional overtime and/or non-standard work hours as determined by the needs of experiments.

  • Must be willing to work with small aquatic animals (frogs and tadpoles) and mice.

  • Must be willing and able to work safely with hazardous materials.

  • Must be able to occasionally lift, carry and/or push 20-50 lbs.

  • Must have a driver’s license to be able to access the Greenhouse.

  • Background check required.

Pay Transparency Act Full Salary Range: $51,949 - $61,972 Annually

The University of California, San Diego is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience. The full salary range for this position is defined as the Full Pay Range. The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position defined as the Expected Pay Scale. Placement within the Expected Pay Scale is determined by internal equity, relevant qualifications, 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).

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