Job Description

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$56,526 - $77,463 /year
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RX Contract
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8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri

#117502 Staff Research Associate 2/3

Extended Deadline: Mon 8/8/2022

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

Job posting will remain open until a suitable candidate has been identified.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 07/13/22 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 07/25/22. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

Position will be filled at the level of a SRA 2 or SRA 3 based on the experience/qualifications of the candidate that is identified.


Under general supervision, the Staff Research Associate III (SRA 3) will independently design and perform research in a developmental biology lab, performing molecular biology and genetic experiments to investigate epidermal and neuronal morphogenesis in C. elegans.

The incumbent will independently design and perform experiments on C. elegans, while consulting with the PI. The incumbent will also act as lab manager for two labs, including ordering and monitoring inventories of lab reagents, maintaining a collection of >30,000 frozen C. elegans stocks, perform hiring and training of undergraduate assistants, while performing general laboratory procedures.


  • Strong theoretical and practical knowledge of molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, and/or membrane biology acquired through a Bachelor’s degree in Biology or a related field plus two (2) years of post degree lab experience and/or equivalent combination of education and experience. Master's or PhD degree in related field preferred.

  • Expertise with molecular biology techniques, such as PCR, sequencing reactions, transformation and purification of existing plasmid DNAs, microinjection, genotyping, and cloning.

  • Expertise with principles of basic light microscopy; experience with compound microscopes. Experience that displays an understanding to basic laboratory equipment such as centrifuges, balances, power supplies, electrophoresis apparatus, pH meter, and spectrophotometer.

  • Demonstrated independent experience with immunostaining procedures and theoretical basis for immunocytochemistry.

  • Extensive verifiable experience culturing and handling C. elegans. Skill to accurately organize, store, and retrieve large numbers of experimental samples, DNA and RNA preparations, bacterial cultures, cell stocks, chemicals, and supplies.

  • Experience in experimental design and analysis, with limited input from the PI, in the execution of research projects or portions of such projects, through the independent planning, organizing and performing of experiments.

  • Skill, ability, and willingness to learn new laboratory techniques, lab equipment, and computer hardware/software rapidly and as needed. Ability and willingness to read scientific papers as directed in order to stay abreast of developments within the field and relating to current experiments. Ability and willingness to identify safety concerns and address them with appropriate communication and action.

  • Experience with Macintosh and Windows OS with a demonstrated ability to work independently with a variety of computer applications and a willingness and ability to update and increase skills and knowledge as needed.

  • Verifiable knowledge of UC and Division of Biological Sciences policies and procedures related to purchasing.

  • Proficiency in the ability to prioritize, follow through on tasks, and handle multiple varied tasks. Skill to prepare and maintain with completeness and accuracy a variety of laboratory records, files, and notebooks.

  • Proven expertise with basic microbiological and sterile techniques, and multi-step assays and procedures.

  • Extensive experience growing large bacterial cultures and inducing chemical competency in various bacterial strains.

  • Demonstrated experience with CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing techniques.

  • Mathematical skills to perform standard lab calculations necessary to prepare solutions of specific concentrations (molarity, percentage, pH etc.).

  • Skill to recognize, assess and quickly resolve problems or malfunctions with lab equipment or facilities including performing minor repairs or contracting appropriate parties to schedule repairs and maintenance

  • Successful, positive interpersonal and oral and written communication skills using tact, diplomacy, discretion, and flexibility with diverse personalities and situations to discuss and understand day to day laboratory affairs, research plans, results and ideas with PI and other lab personnel in a constructive, professional, and pleasant manner. Skill to interact effectively with faculty, academics, students, and staff including those of diverse ethnicity, culture, and foreign nationals. Skill to present information clearly and concisely.

  • Strong skill, knowledge and ability to provide the full range of supervisory duties (select, train, work direction, and disciplinary action up to and including release) for undergraduate student lab employees.

  • Ability to direct the work of both casual workers and other support staff. Skill to train others in basic lab support techniques and procedures (preparation of media, dishwashing, equipment usage etc.).

  • Knowledge/understanding and at least some experience with Safety Data Sheets, hazard communication and Injury and Illness Prevention Program. 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.


  • Manual dexterity to culture and handle C. elegans.

  • Willingness to work flexible hours as needed by experimental procedures.

  • Background check required.

  • Position will be filled at the level of a SRA 2 or SRA 3 based on the experience/qualifications of the candidate that is identified.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

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