Job Description

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Hiring Salary Range
$62,324.27 -$100,219.50 / Year
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RX Contract
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Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday-Friday

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

#120152 Staff Research Associate 3

Filing Deadline: Mon 12/5/2022

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.

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

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 11/23/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 12/05/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The UCSD Department of OB/GYN and Reproductive Sciences is composed of 65 faculty, 15 clinical fellows, 26 residents, and over 200 department staff members. The department is composed of 7 divisions: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Gynecologic Oncology, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Hospitalist, Complex Family Planning and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. The department is ranked 3rd nationally in research funding compared to other OB-GYN Programs. This includes funding from the National Institutes of Health, NSF, CIRM, CDPH and other private institutions.

Under general supervision the Staff Research Associate will demonstrate expertise in molecular biology, mice breeding, mice genetics, and reproductive biology. This includes performing in-depth research on spermatogenesis in mice. The SRA will hold primary responsibility for bench science, and in self-direction of work plans and significant independent contributions to research experimental design. The incumbent will independently analyze and interpret results and is expected to maintain familiarity with current relevant scientific literature.

Duties and responsibilities will include but are not limited to independently developing molecular biology strategies to perform genotyping; mouse colony management; biological sample collection, tissue preparation, embedding and immunohistochemical staining; independently troubleshooting experimental problems; maintaining detailed laboratory records and constructively contributing to manuscript writing. Oversee and lead undergraduates and Master’s students.


  • Theoretical knowledge of molecular and cellular biology, a bachelor's degree in biology, molecular biology, or a closely related field, and at least five years lab experience, working knowledge and understanding of sterile techniques and mouse colony management, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Demonstrated experience in making original contributions to manuscript preparation.

  • Demonstrated experience in immunohistochemistry.

  • Demonstrated acute attentions to detail, resourceful and capable of handling the changing needs of a research lab.

  • Demonstrated experience in making significant independent contributions to research designs of various ongoing research projects.

  • Demonstrated skill in problem solving analytical thinking, and effective planning and organization.

  • Demonstrated excellence in computer and data management skills.

  • Excellent experience using microscopy to perform experiments.

  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as a team player, and the ability to collaborate across multidisciplinary teams.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with numerous types of laboratory equipment related to uses, maintenance, and repair.

  • Experience learning new laboratory procedures quickly.

  • Extensive experience, willingness and ability to work with experimental animals.

  • Experience performing in-depth research on spermatogenesis in mice.

  • Experience working in an animal related research environment, without allergies to animals and perform experiments involving handling, breeding, dissection and sacrificing of laboratory mice.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

  • Must be willing to work in an environment where biological, chemical, and radiological hazards are present.

  • Must be willing to work in an animal related research environment, without allergies to animals and perform experiments involving handling, breeding, dissection and sacrificing of laboratory mice.

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

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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