Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Pay Scale
$25.75 - $28.07/hour
Appointment Type:
Limited Appointment
Appointment Percent:
RX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
8 hrs/day, Mon - Fri, additional hours as needed

#130408 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.

This is a 100% Limited position for one year. This appointment may be extended or converted to career status based on the needs of the department.


The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry strives to be a top-ranked and recognized leader in the chemical and biochemical sciences through transformative research and impactful educational programs. We are committed to excellence in teaching and mentoring excellence and supporting students and postdoctoral researchers in safe and inclusive environments as they prepare to become leaders in science and society. We value collegiality, equity and diversity with the Department, and promote a culture of collaboration and transparency.

We aim to enhance our impact in local and global communities through partnerships with other educators, industry, government and professional societies. Chemistry and Biochemistry is one of the largest and most complex departments on campus.

The department’s organization is divided among three major academic sections each with its own leadership representation under the Department Chair: Physical, Analytical & Environmental (PAE); Biochemistry & Biophysics (BB); and finally Synthesis, Materials and Chemical Biology (SMCB). The department is comprised of 75 ladder rank faculty, and additional 10 in various instructional titles and ~150 in academic research titles and postdoctoral scholars. The department is comprised of 90 career staff; ~60 temporary or student staff, and 480 Master’s and Ph.D. students. Undergraduate students majoring in chemistry number greater than 1,700, and total undergraduate and graduate annual course enrollments exceed 23,000.

The department manages three major NIH training grants, and one Department of Education training grant, which fund graduate and postdoctoral students across UCSD departments/disciplines as well as off campus research organizations. The department currently has more than 120 awards from federal, state and private sources for approximately $20 million per annum in extramural funding and $46 million in total annual expenditures.

The research program in the Guseman lab explore protein-glycan interactions and to understand the biophysical basis of glycan recognition.

Under supervision, incumbent will assist in conducting research into protein glycan interactions, both in vitro and in physiologically relevant environments. Incumbent will utilize routine methods in molecular biology for protein expression and purification and charecterize these proteins using high resolution protein NMR, BLI, Light Scattering, and additional biophysical methods. Finally, incumbent will be expected to fully integrate into the laboratory, where they will perform routine lab duties, participate in lab meetings, and work effectively as a team member.

  • Must be willing to work with hazardous materials.


  • Experience with protein visualization software (e.g. PyMol or Chimera).

  • Theoretical and practical knowledge of protein chemistry and characterization techniques acquired through a Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry, Biophysics, or a related field.

  • Skills in protein expression and purification.

  • General knowledge in glycobiology.

  • Ability to process and analyze data in common software suites such as ImageJ, ChemDraw, Benchling, and MNova

  • Experience with MAC or PC programs, file making, spreadsheet, and graphics software; willingness and ability to update and increase computer skills and knowledge as needed.

  • Knowledge, understanding and experience with Safety Data Sheets, hazard communication and Injury and Illness Prevention Program. Limited 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.

  • Positive interpersonal oral and written communication skills using tact, diplomacy, discretion, and flexibility with diverse personalities and situations. Ability to communicate effectively one-on-one or in group settings, taking into account differences in social, cultural, professional, and educational backgrounds. Ability to follow verbal and written instructions and procedures.

  • Organizational skills, including ability to keep clear and accurate records and follow written and oral lab protocols. Must be flexible and able to function in a fast-paced and changing work environment.

  • Understanding of the importance of ensuring an equitable, inclusive, and diverse working environment, with the ability to work as a part of a diverse and collaborative team. Demonstrated competency and commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.


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

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.

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