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#115863 Staff Research Associate I

Filing Deadline: Tue 5/31/2022

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This position will remain open until filled.


Under supervision participate in research on the genetic regulation of organ formation in zebrafish. Tasks include: analysis of embryonic phenotypes through in situ hybridization and immunofluorescence, manipulation of zebrafish gene function through genome editing, and maintaining strains of mutant and transgenic zebrafish. Will participate in the publication of scientific manuscripts based on experiments performed (when appropriate). Contribute to laboratory management including: ordering and organization of supplies, maintenance of lab and computer equipment, routine preparation of buffers and media, and laboratory safety. Research will be performed under the supervision of Assistant Adjunct Professor Elliot Perens, MD PhD, within the laboratory of Professor Deborah Yelon, PhD.


  • Theoretical knowledge of aquaculture/fisheries, genetics, and/or developmental biology or equivalent combination of experience and education.

  • Practical competency in standard recombinant DNA research techniques and standard laboratory procedures.

  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal. Ability to clearly and concisely communicate ideas, thoughts, problems, and policies, with a strong portfolio of interpersonal skills which include the ability to interact with tact, diplomacy and sensitivity.

  • Ability to proactively and appropriately facilitate the maintenance of lab supplies and equipment, maintain steady levels of lab supplies and organized records.

  • Experience with word processing, database, spreadsheet, and graphics software with a willingness and ability to update and increase skills and knowledge as needed.

  • Ability to keep accurate records of experimental procedures and results, to discuss them, and to prepare relevant oral and written presentations.

  • General knowledge of lab safety policies and procedures including hazardous materials procurement, use, storage and disposal.

  • Knowledge and ability to order lab supplies and equipment, with the ability to proactively and appropriately facilitate the maintenance of all lab supplies and equipment.


  • Theoretical competency in the technical underpinnings of maintaining mutant and transgenic zebrafish strains.
  • Ability to conduct phenotypic characterization procedures (in situ hybridization and immunofluorescence) with reliable results.
  • BA or BS in either biology.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Must be willing to work with hazardous materials.
  • Appropriate physical strength for handling aquaculture equipment.
  • Appropriate dexterity for manipulating zebrafish embryos.
  • Willing to be flexible with work hours to include occasional evening or weekend work as required for animal care and experiments.

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

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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