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

#130423 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.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 06/12/2024 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 06/24/2024. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


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 incumbent will be responsible for supporting faculty and clinical research coordinators involved in the Center activities. Responsibilities include: maintaining relationships with coordinators in all three departments, assisting with biospecimen processing as well as maintenance and organization of the biorepository, clinical data collection and data entry, database organization, and IRB/ESCRO maintenance; ordering supplies and tracking expenses; assist with transportation of biospecimens between clinical and research sites, as well as shipping to collaborators; providing administrative assistance to CPD leadership for organization of operations meetings as well as advertising of CPD-sponsored events and studies. The incumbent will also provide laboratory administrative assistance to 3-5 CPD-affiliated faculty in the Department of Pathology.


  • Theoretical knowledge in biological sciences or related field or equivalent experience in health services setting. Solid theoretical knowledge in biology, medicine, or related field.

  • Solid demonstrated written and verbal communication skills and organizational skills. Good Interpersonal skills and ability to communicate with health professionals, patients, caregivers and work in interdisciplinary team harmoniously.

  • Demonstrated proficiency with various software, including MS Office: Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and database such as Excel or Access to prepare various research reports for presentation and data analyses..

  • Demonstrated attention to detail; ability to keep accurate and complete records..

  • Proven ability to complete difficult work assignments. Proven ability to work in a fast-paced environment with rapidly changing priorities.

  • Ability and willingness to handle and work with human tissues and other biohazardous, toxic, and carcinogenic materials and to recognize safety problems. Knowledge of radiation safety and biosafety techniques and practices. Demonstrated ability to follow established Safety and Biohazardous Material Guidelines.


  • Must be available to work variable schedules including occasional weekends, overtime, and/or flexible hours.

  • Must have valid California driver's license, acceptable driving record and access to reliable transportation.

  • Must be willing to travel off-site.

  • 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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