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La Jolla
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As a federally-funded institution, UC San Diego Health maintains a marijuana and drug free campus. New employees are subject to drug screening.

#115580 Staff Research Associate 2 NEX

Initial Review Date: Tue 5/17/2022

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

This is a UC San Diego Internal Recruitment open to UCSD and UCSD Health System Staff Only

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 05/12/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 05/17/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The Department of Anesthesiology employs over 200 academic and staff personnel and has an annual operating budget of $40 million in annualized resources between Practice Plan Revenues, VAMC funding, Hospital and Medical Group Funding, UC Foundation, Research Sources and School of Medicine Funds. There are over 80 clinical faculty, 12 Ph.D, faculty and post docs, 41 residents, 16 clinical fellows, 27 Certified Nurse Anesthetists, 1 Physician Assistant and four bargaining units represented. The Department provides Clinical Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Services at Hillcrest, Thornton, Shiley, Children's and the VAMC. The Department operates a Pain Clinic at Perlman. The Department's research programs include bench and clinical research programs located at the VAMC, MTF, CTF, BSB, Hillcrest, Thornton and Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine.

Under supervision of the Principle Investigator, incumbent will perform a variety of cellular and molecular techniques. Responsibilities include preparation of RNA for next generation sequencing, preparing and maintaining primary cell cultures, immunohistochemistry, FACS sorting and confocal imaging. The position requires detail-oriented observations and accurate record keeping. Responsible for providing the Principle Investigator with a written assessment of experimental outcomes. Participates in the planning of new and existing experiments, by studying available literature, then analyzing, troubleshooting and altering conditions under which determinations are made. Responsible for general laboratory maintenance including organization of lab materials, maintaining laboratory databases, placing supply orders, drafting and maintaining animal protocols and assisting with maintaining laboratory equipment. Willingness to teach and collaborate with PhD and Master level graduate students and visiting scholars in technical studies.


  • Theoretical knowledge of a life science as typically acquired by a Bachelor’s degree in the field of molecular biology, biochemistry, or genetics or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Experience preparing and maintaining tissue cultures and performing assays on tissue samples to assess mitochondrial function.

  • Ability to maintain supplies and consumables for medium size laboratory and its core facilities including meticulous record keeping of ordered and received materials.

  • Experience in maintaining general laboratory equipment (e.g. centrifuges, water baths, etc.) and specialized equipment (i.e., OROBOROS and Seahorse)

  • Knowledge of EH&S procedures for laboratory safety.

  • Intermediate to advance computer skills using MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, email system and a variety of web based programs (Genbank).

  • Ability to efficiently manage time and organizational skills. Ability to establish priorities, meet multiple and frequently changing deadlines with flexibility. Detail oriented.

  • Experience and willingness to work with animals.

  • Strong communication skills (verbal and written) needed to interact professionally and effectively in the work environment.

  • Ability to assist lab personnel, maintain and order supplies, coordinate research projects, train personnel on research techniques and use laboratory equipment.

  • Knowledge of surgical techniques to aid in the study of nerve regeneration and neuropathic pain in vitro and in vivo.

  • Ability to maintain and work with large data sets.


  • Previous experience working in a mitochondrial laboratory.
  • Knowledge of assessing mitochondrial function in tissue and cell samples and ability to analyze this data using Prism software.
  • Ability to work with and manage large data sets to communicate with study participants and staff.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Must be willing to work with animals.
  • Must be willing to work with bio-hazardous materials.
  • Must be willing to work with Visiting scholars with minimal English proficiency.
  • Must be able to work occasional weekends or extended hours to meet project deadlines and experiments.

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

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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