Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Pay Scale
$25.75 - $30.72 / Hour
La Jolla
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
RX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday - Friday

#128486 Staff Research Associate

Filing Deadline: Mon 4/15/2024

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.

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Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 03/15/2024. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The UCSD Department of Pharmacology is one of two basic science units in the School of Medicine where world-class researchers investigate the molecular basis of human diseases. The faculty are internationally renowned for their strength in elucidating basic cellular and molecular mechanisms of signal transduction that lead to innovative drug target identification and ultimately to drug discovery. The faculty also play a major role in medical and graduate student training, providing educational and programmatic offerings that span several disciplines, and provide diversity to meet the interests of a broad spectrum of students and scholars. More than one hundred trainees at the graduate student and postdoctoral level, as well as a staff of more than 50 research technicians and department administrators, interact closely with the faculty. The diverse mix of ages, backgrounds, and talents creates a robust work environment with challenging career opportunities and a commitment to continued growth potential. We constantly seek to recruit highly motivated, technologically-advanced and interested individuals to become a part of our dynamic exploratory research and educational environment.

The SRA 1 will work in the Idoyaga Lab, whose primary focus is to understand the functional specialization of innate immune cells (dendritic cells, monocytes, and macrophages) in health and disease, and to design novel therapeutic strategies that harness the power of these cells in establishing immune responses. The Idoyaga lab uses different mouse models to evaluate the mechanisms that these innate cells are using to initiate and modulate immune responses. In particular, the SRA1 will assist with characterizing a novel population of dendritic cells found in mice and humans, and the role of this population during viral immune responses. The SRA1 will also assist with the development of therapeutics against cancer and the analysis of immune responses following standard-of-cancer care treatments. Under close supervision and training, the SRA1 will perform a variety of standard experimental research techniques related to mouse immunology including digestion of tissues, operation of a cell sorter and flow cytometer, and operation of a fluorescent microscope. The SRA1 will also be involved in laboratory maintenance activities including assisting with inventory, ordering supplies, maintaining equipment, autoclaving, training junior investigators, and ensuring that EH&S regulations are met. Finally, the SRA1 will be expected to participate in laboratory activities including group meetings, manuscript discussions, and seminars.


  • Theoretical knowledge in biology, chemistry, and/or biochemistry, typically attained with a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

  • Knowledge and experience with basic laboratory procedures and equipment, including sterile techniques, and preparation of buffers or cell culture.

  • Knowledge of immunology and other demonstrated equivalent experience.

  • Experience in preparing chemical solutions.

  • Theoretical knowledge of or experience with biological and immunological techniques such as cell culture, in vitro experimentation and immunodetection techniques such as ELISA.

  • Theoretical knowledge of or experience with flow cytometry.

  • Theoretical knowledge of or experience working with small laboratory animals (mice).

  • Theoretical knowledge of or experience with standard molecular biology techniques such as DNA and RNA extraction, PCR, RT-PCR, electrophoresis, etc.

  • Theoretical knowledge of or experience with mammalian cellular biology techniques and mammalian cell culture.

  • General knowledge of solubility, general laboratory techniques, and scientific calculations sufficient to prepare and maintain complex chemical stocks such as dilutions, buffers, reagents, and solutions.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills to communicate 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 ofdiplomacy, mature judgment, tact, and flexibility.

  • Experience using computerized office software such as Internet Explorer, PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Adobe Photoshop, Reader, Illustrator, and Acrobat. Experience using computerized analysis software, statistics programs, gel documentation/analysis programs, and provide assistance as needed.

  • Ability to learn and understand UCSD policies, and to provide work direction to part-time student workers.


  • Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check results.

  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends, if necessary.

  • Willingness to work with animals and human primary samples.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $53,766 - $64,143 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $25.75 - $30.72

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).

If employed by the University of California, you will be required to comply with our Policy on Vaccination Programs, which may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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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