Job Description

Payroll Title:
PSYCHIATRY/Pre-Clinical Research
Salary Range
Commensurate with Experience
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
RX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
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.

#115581 Staff Research Associate I

Extended Review Date: Tue 7/5/2022

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 will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 04/22/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 05/03/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


UCSD Department of Psychiatry is one of the most innovative and productive academic departments in the country, offering challenging career opportunities in the diverse areas of advanced educational programs, cutting edge research, and state-of-the-art clinical services. The department is committed to offering a dynamic learning environment and growing opportunities to its talented and dedicated employees.

Under supervision, the Staff Research Associate will be responsible for assisting with the preparation and execution of behavioral and molecular biology experiments, and for basic data analysis in a research laboratory at the Department of Psychiatry. Duties and tasks will include rat colony maintenance and breeding according to set protocols, assisting in complex animal surgeries, operant testing, and analysis of the experimental data. Responsibilities will also include general lab maintenance and maintaining clean testing areas, keeping lab equipment functional, preparing stock solutions, selecting reagents and supplies for ordering. The Staff Research Associate will also assist with managing lab’s various licenses and subscriptions. The Staff Research Associate will be expected to keep meticulous paper and digital records. The Staff Research Associate must be able to work independently or as part of a team in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities.


  • Theoretical knowledge in Biology, Experimental Psychology, or related field or equivalent knowledge and experience to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of the position.

  • Ability to operate, clean, set up, and maintain surgical equipment preparing rats to IVSA procedure.

  • Knowledge and ability to perform complex head surgeries to inject drugs in specific brain areas and ability to perform intravenous surgeries for catheter implantation.

  • Knowledge and ability to collect, input, summarize, and analyze data from specialized data acquisition software on laboratory computers (software includes but is not limited to: Med Associates, Coulbourn, Knosys, DSI, San Diego Instruments, and Noldus Ethovision).

  • Ability to maintain rat colonies, including setting up breeding pairs, weaning pups, and euthanizing mice, according to IACUC protocols.

  • Experience with rat work according to Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee protocols. Ability to use appropriate personal protection equipment while working in animal facility.

  • Knowledge of laboratory safety precautions, including appropriate clothing and shoes, safe handling of chemicals, and use of protective gear such as gloves and googles. Familiarity with Material Safety Data Sheets.

  • Excellent communication skills, including the skill to understand and carry out written and oral instructions and interact with clients and colleagues with diverse personalities and educational levels. Ability to successfully organize work process.

  • Skill and ability to maintain a variety of written and/or computer records for research activities including Standard Operating Procedures, quality control records, supply inventories, safety records, sequenced DNA library database, nucleic acid isolation and purification logs, etc.

  • Experience with animal models of intravenous drug self-administration and relapse.


  • Knowledge of university hazardous and biohazardous waste disposal regulations and associated safety techniques and requirements, and the willing and ability to maintain training and certificates as required.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Must be willing to euthanize rats.
  • Must be able to work nights and weekends if necessary.

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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