Job Description

Payroll Title:
SRA 1
Department:
PEDIATRICS
Salary Range
Commensurate with Experience
Worksite:
La Jolla
Appointment Type:
Career
Appointment Percent:
100%
Union:
RX Contract
Total Openings:
2
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.

#118698 Staff Research Associate I

Filing Deadline: Fri 9/30/2022

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

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 09/13/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 09/22/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

DESCRIPTION

The Knight lab consists of a team of ~50 highly skilled researchers, students and technicians, with an annual operating budget of ~$3 million derived from a mixture of federal and non-federal sources including Knight's NIH Pioneer Award and the campus Return to Learn COVID-19 program. Most of the lab's work focuses on technologies for reading out microbial communities, including laboratory procedures for next-generation sequencing and bioinformatics software development. This includes applications in the human microbiome and child development, conservation, environmental monitoring and management, and biofuels. The Knight lab is widely regarded as a leader in the microbiome field, publishing regularly in top journals including Science, Nature, Cell, and PNAS, and publishing dozens of journal articles per year overall. The Department of Pediatrics is one of the largest departments within the School of Medicine with ~200 faculty, an annual budget of >$100 million, and unified pediatric patient care, research, education and community service programs, including a university-affiliated children's health system to serve the region. The Department is recognized as having global leaders in research, technology, translational medicine, education and clinical excellence.

Under the supervision of the Laboratory Manager, the Staff Research Associate 1 (SRA 1) assists with extracting, purifying, and analyzing DNA and RNA for Next-Gen Sequencing, and with new technology development in support of the research program, including documenting the feasibility of new technologies and testing of new technologies. The SRA 1 also assists in maintaining new equipment and technologies including Next Gen sequencing equipment.

Microbiome science is one of the most exciting areas of research today, with discoveries daily pushing the boundaries of what we know about human health and the environment. The incumbent will assist the with pushing this research forward focusing on DNA and RNA sequencing from complex microbial communities (metagenomics and metatranscripomics). The incumbent will assist with high-impact projects that seek to understand how the microbiome contributes to human traits ranging from response to diet to mental health, the roles of microbes in environments ranging from oceans to soils, and the connections between.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Theoretical knowledge of basic human genetics and molecular biology.

  • Experience with biology techniques such as PCR, gel electrophoresis, sequence analysis, RT-PCR, DNA/RNA isolation.

  • Demonstrated ability to follow university Environmental Health and Safety requirements. Experienced in working and maintaining a sterile environment.

  • Micropipetting and dilutions experience.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of liquid handling automation and ability to use validated protocols.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of next generation sequencing for high throughput pipeline. Ability to perform validated protocols.

  • Ability to implement and troubleshoot protocols developed for high throughput sequencing pipeline.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience writing/editing protocols and manuscripts.

  • Computers skills using a Macintosh.

  • Demonstrated experience with database management of clones/samples, including data entry, manipulation and creation of data reports.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS

  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Incumbent must be available to work 9AM - 7PM, Monday-Friday and on occasional weekends.
  • Willing to work in a laboratory that collects, processes, stores, and assays biohazardous body fluids.

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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