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La Jolla
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#114270 Staff Research Associate I

Extended Review Date: Mon 5/23/2022

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This position will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified.

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The UCSD Department of Pharmacology is one of two basic science units in the School of Medicine where world-class researchers investigate the effects of chemical interventions on biological systems. The faculty are internationally renowned for their strength in elucidating basic cellular and molecular mechanisms of signal transduction that lead to innovative drug target identification and ultimately to cutting edge drug discovery. The faculty also plays a major role in medical and graduate student training, providing educational and programmatic offerings that span several disciplines, and provide diversity to meet the interests of a broad spectrum of students and scholars.

More than one hundred trainees at the graduate student and postdoctoral level, as well as a staff of more than 50 research technicians and department administrators interact closely with the faculty. The diverse mix of ages, backgrounds, and talents creates a robust work environment with challenging career opportunities and a commitment to continued growth potential. We constantly seek to recruit highly motivated, technologically-advanced and interested individuals to become a part of our dynamic exploratory research and educational environment. For more information, please visit our website at

Under supervision, incumbent will be expected to assist with projects on stem cells and cancer. Duties include ability to maintain cell lines in culture and performs experiments and analyses using cultured cell lines and primary cells. Also the incumbent will provide tissue extraction, prep, and block support, assists with histological duties such as sectioning, antibody optimization, staining (H&E, Immunofluorescence), and confocal analysis. Aides with managing large mouse colony of several hundred cages comprised of multiple genetic strains. Perform genotyping and breeding of transgenic lines. Assist in maintaining the smooth daily operation of the lab, taking on auxiliary duties such as ordering and stocking lab supplies. Willingness to maintain and oversee complex laboratory equipment, including flow cytometer Help to ensure that the researchers have all reagents. Prepare primary cultures of cells, prepare chemical solutions and assist PI and other lab members with imaging and routine experiments.


  • Theoretical knowledge of biological science, chemistry, biochemistry or molecular biology or equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

  • Skills and knowledge in the provision of care and husbandry to transgenic and immuno-compromised mice.

  • Familiarity with standard molecular biology techniques and mammalian cell culture.

  • Experience in basic laboratory procedures, including preparation of buffers, solutions and reagents.

  • Knowledge and demonstrated experience of sterile techniques.

  • Ability to perform standard histological procedures such as immunofluorescence staining.

  • Ability to perform standard biochemical assays and agarose gel electrophoresis, PCR analysis for genotyping.

  • Strong ability to communicate well with colleagues and superiors, including asking questions and notifications of problems.

  • Manual dexterity for pipetting and animal handling.

  • Knowledge of laboratory safety and EH&S safety requirements. Ability to work carefully with potentially harmful agents and biohazardous materials.

  • Ability to use and maintain complex laboratory equipment such as flow cytometer.

  • Skill and ability to maintain careful, legible and well-organized laboratory notes and records.

  • Proficient ability and experience with and skill in using computers and office software such as PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Adobe Photoshop and Acrobat.


  • Bachelor's degree in biological science or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • One to two (1 - 2) years of directly related experience, which can include experience gained during undergraduate training.
  • Previous experience in developmental or cell biology.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends, if necessary.
  • Willingness and ability to work with animals, mice as laboratory model system.
  • Ability to work carefully with potentially harmful agents and biohazardous materials.

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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