Job Description

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

#130403 Staff Research Associate

Filing Deadline: Mon 6/24/2024

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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The Center for Perinatal Discovery (CPD) is a collaboration between the Departments of Pathology, Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, and Pediatrics. The CPD was established to promote research into perinatal health, including the health of both mothers and babies. To this end, the CPD is conducting research studies into both maternal and neonatal health. Clinical data and biospecimens are being collected at several clinical sites from normal and high-risk pregnancies, with neonatal/pediatric follow-up. The CPD is also involved in community educational activities which promote maternal and child health.

Under supervision the staff research associate will be engaging in cell biology activities, with a strong focus on placental and stem cell biology. They will perform/assist with research activities such as in vitro tissue culture work (including culture of human pluripotent stem cells), isolation of primary cells from human tissues, protein quantification, western-blot, DNA/RNA extraction, and Q-PCR. They will also prepare media, buffers, and solutions as needed. Data processing and statistical analysis as needed required.

The Research Associate will also manage our biohazard use authorization and serve as our area safety coordinator, provide routine laboratory equipment maintenance, order and maintain supplies and equipment and oversee undergraduate part-time lab aides whose duties include washing glassware and making buffers for the lab. As this is a new lab, they will initially be required to help the set up of the lab with equipment purchase and installation.


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

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Demonstrated experience making decisions, analyzing situations, problem solving, and initiating action for laboratory maintenance.

  • Demonstrated organizational skills to order and maintain lab reagents and supplies, and keep accurate lab records and computer files.

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


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

  • Must be willing to work with hazardous materials.

  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

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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