Job Description

Payroll Title:
MEDICINE/Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology
Salary Range
Commensurate with Experience
East Campus
Appointment Type:
Limited Appointment
Appointment Percent:
RX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon - Fri

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

#115522 Staff Research Associate I

Extended Review Date: Thu 8/25/2022

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 position is a limited position with the possibility of extension/career conversion.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 04/20/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

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


The Department of Medicine is responsible for fulfilling the teaching, research, and clinical missions of the University of California, San Diego and employs 500+ full-time salaried faculty members and 150+ academic appointees. Staff personnel include 800+ staff in 9 bargaining units, students, and volunteers. There are over 250 clinical faculties practicing at multiple sites and hospitals. Professional fee billings for the department exceed $50 million with collections of over $19 million per year. The total annual budget is approximately $170 million, which includes contract and grant revenues, clinical practice and medical center funds, and other state and private endowment funds.

Under supervision, the Staff Research Associate will assist with research projects to study protein tyrosine phosphatases. Duties include working with laboratory animals and maintaining a mouse colony, assessing arthritis and/or fibrosis development in mice, performing cellular and molecular biology assays to study phosphatases, and assessing phosphatase activity in vitro. Other lab duties include overseeing lab supply orders, overseeing preparation of standard solutions, and maintaining a safe and clean work environment.


  • Theoretical and practical knowledge of biochemistry, molecular biology, cellular biology and genetics, including relevant laboratory techniques, acquired through a Bachelor's degree in Biology or other physical sciences.

  • Demonstrated practical experience in a laboratory and research environment.

  • Experience with and understanding of laboratory equipment, such as light microscopes, scales, pH meter.

  • Experience with animal colony maintenance and experiments. Sensitivity to the needs and humane treatment of caged laboratory animals in compliance with AAALAC standards.

  • Knowledge to maintain an organized lab and stocks of essential supplies and reagents, purchase lab supplies and equipment, oversee equipment repairs, and ensure lab equipment is running efficiently and maintained properly.

  • Successful, positive interpersonal oral and written communication skills using tact, diplomacy, discretion, and flexibility with diverse personalities and situations. Skill to interact effectively with faculty, academics, students, and staff including those of diverse ethnicity, culture, and foreign nationals.

  • Proven ability to learn new experimental methods, and work independently or collaboratively with other lab members, with accuracy and attention to detail.

  • Ability to train and provide work direction to undergraduate student lab employees. Skill to train others in various lab techniques and procedures (safety precautions, preparation of media, dishwashing, equipment usage, laboratory maintenance, etc).

  • Experience and skill with MAC or PC programs, filemaking, spreadsheet, and graphics software; willingness and ability to update and increase computer skills and knowledge as needed.

  • Knowledge of Material Safety Data Sheets, hazard communication, and Injury and Illness Prevention Program; safety precautions including appropriate clothing and shoes, safe handling of chemicals, and use of protective items such as gloves and goggles. Willingness and ability to keep safety training current and consistent with research involvement.

  • Knowledge of and ability to perform standard molecular biology techniques.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Must be able to work with mice as experimental animals.
  • Must be able to work safely with lab chemicals and biohazardous chemicals.
  • Must be willing to work overtime during the evening or weekend when necessary for experiments.

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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