Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Pay Scale
$70,000 - $85,000 / Year
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
RX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
8 hrs/day, Mon - Fri

#124520 Staff Research Associate 3 or SRA 2

Extended Deadline: Fri 10/6/2023

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

Job posting will remain open until position is filled.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 8/8/23 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 8/18/23. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

The title and pay level for this position will be either an SRA 2 Exempt or SRA 3 Exempt, based on the qualifications and experience of the candidate identified for hire.


The Congenital Anomaly Research Laboratory is seeking a Staff Research Associate to join our team studying the etiology of congenital heart defects using the chick animal model. The research associate will independently design and perform research in developmental biology, performing molecular biology and genetic experiments in conjunction with mechanical manipulations. Chick embryo work will include transfection of plasmid DNA, and selection and cloning of the appropriate transformants on the selectable media. The incumbent will also maintain and grow viral vectors.

Furthermore, the incumbent will help manage the lab and be responsible for ordering/quotingequipment, organizing equipment/supplies, equipment maintenance, making solutions,writing standard operating procedures, biohazardous/chemical waste management/disposal,assisting with writing/publishing manuscripts and training of lab personnel.


  • Strong theoretical and practical knowledge of biology, molecular biology or biochemistry acquired through a BS or BA Degree in Biology, Bioengineering, Genetics, or 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.

  • Proven understanding of cell culture procedure

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

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

  • Proven knowledge and skill working with sterile equipment and supplies. Experience with the operation of laboratory equipment, including centrifuges, ultracentrifuges, balances, and pH meters.

  • Expertise with principles of basic light microscopy; experience with compound microscopes.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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 knowledge of PubMed or library literature search to identify relevant research papers, journals and books.

  • 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.

  • Strong skill, knowledge and ability to train new lab assistants.

  • 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. Ability to maintain confidentiality of matters related to work.

  • Knowledge of purchasing and reimbursement procedures. Skill in maintaining purchasing records, steady levels of lab supplies, and training others in purchasing procedures.

  • Knowledge of Material Data Safety Sheets, and hazardous communication and Injury and Illness Prevention programs. Proven knowledge of laboratory safety precautions, including use of protective items such as goggles, coats, etc., and the ability to train other laboratory members in safety precautions.

  • Experience and knowledge of proper handling, storage and disposal of chemicals, radioisotopes, biochemicals, hazardous chemicals, and biohazardous materials, including radioactive materials.

  • Ability to embrace and consistently uphold the UC San Diego Principles of Community for a collaborative work environment.


  • Background check required.

  • The title and pay level for this position will be either an SRA 2 Exempt or SRA 3 Exempt, based on the qualifications and experience of the candidate identified for hire.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $58,505 - $94,113 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $28.02 - $45.07

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).

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

To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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