Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Pay Scale
$28.04 - $45.11 / Hour
La Jolla
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
RX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hour shifts, Monday - Friday

#130467 Staff Research Associate

Filing Deadline: Fri 7/26/2024

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 06/14/2024 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 06/26/2024. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The Department of Pediatrics is one of the largest departments within the School of Medicine with approximately 250 Faculty, 127 postdoctoral fellows (both MDs and PhDs) along with over 320 support staff (not including hospital staff). In addition, the Department has 68 clinical residents distributed across the Divisions. The missions of research, education and patient care are intertwined, and are integral to the goals of the department.

The Department manages a university-affiliated children's health system with the physicians and leadership of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Rady Children's Hospital, and Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego, a Medical Practice Foundation, unifying pediatric patient care, research, education and community service programs.

The Bode Laboratory in the UCSD Department of Pediatrics is dedicated to research on human milk in general and Human Milk Oligosaccharides (HMOs) in particular. The lab’s main research objectives are to elucidate (i) how milk components are synthesized in the mother’s mammary gland, (ii) how milk composition is affected by external factors such as nutrition, pathogens, or medications, (iii) how milk components affect immediate as well as long-term health and development of infants and mothers, and (iv) how they can serve as natural templates for the development of preventatives, therapeutics, and diagnostics for people of all ages. For more information about the group and our research program, visit

Under supervision, the incumbent plays a role in the day-to-day operation for the maintenance of basic laboratory operations in the Bode Laboratory in the UCSD Department of Pediatrics. The incumbent’s primary responsibility will be to manage and participate in laboratory animal research including genotyping, colony management, and conducting animal studies. In addition, incumbent will also be involved in research not related to animals. For example, extracts and derivatizes milk oligosaccharide samples for analysis by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Manages the isolation and purification of milk oligosaccharides by size exclusion chromatography as well as affinity chromatography. Manages general maintenance of laboratory equipment. Maintains sample and reagent organization and inventory. Maintains and manages hazardous waste in laboratory in compliance with EH&A. Maintains glassware and plastic ware in laboratory. Monitors supply inventory and routine ordering. Manages and monitors lab safety and post safety information.


  • Theoretical knowledge and practical laboratory experience in the natural, physical or social sciences as typically attained by a Bachelors degree, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Experience measuring and weighing chemicals, preparing solutions; and knowledge and ability to prepare a variety of reagents.

  • Experience with analyzing bioactive components using ELISA, ideally with a multiplex platform.

  • Experience with and understanding of basic laboratory equipment.

  • Experience in reporting and communicating study results.

  • Experience with procedures such as liquid chromatography, Western Blotting, RT-PCR.

  • Skill and knowledge to maintain an organized lab, stocks and orders of essential supplies and reagents, and to ensure lab equipment is running efficiently.

  • Prior experience and knowledge of proper handling, storage, and disposal of hazardous materials including biohazards.

  • Demonstrated effective oral and written communication skills to communicate research results. Prior experience and skill in updating, revising, and editing laboratory procedures.

  • Proficient with Windows XP OS, with an ability to work with a variety of computer applications (Word, Excel and Powerpoint) and with a willingness and ability to increase skills and knowledge as needed.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills including tact, diplomacy, and patience in dealing with students, faculty, staff, and corporate/industrial representatives.


  • Knowledge in and experience with glycobiology in general and milk oligosaccharides in particular.

  • Knowledge in and experience with sterile techniques, working with tissue cultures.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

  • Must be willing to handle and be around animals.

  • Must be willing to handle and be around hazardous chemicals and materials.

  • Must be willing to handle biohazard materials.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $60,301 - $97,008 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $28.88 - $46.46

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).

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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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