Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Pay Scale
$24.88 - $29.68 / Hour
La Jolla
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
RX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hour shifts, Monday - Friday

#122118 Staff Research Associate I- Hybrid/Remote

Filing Deadline: Wed 3/29/2023

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

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 03/17/2023 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 03/29/2023. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

This position will work a hybrid schedule which includes a combination of working both onsite on Campus and remote.


The Department of Pediatrics is one of the largest departments within the School of Medicine with approximately 250 Faculty, 127 postdoctoral fellows (both MDs and PhDs) along with over 320 support staff (not including hospital staff). In addition, the Department has 68 clinical residents distributed across the Divisions. The missions of research, education and patient care are intertwined, and are integral to the goals of the department.

The Department manages a university-affiliated children's health system with the physicians and leadership of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Rady Children's Hospital, and Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego, a Medical Practice Foundation, unifying pediatric patient care, research, education and community service programs.

Under supervision, incumbent will assist with basic lung biology research experiments and maintaining mouse colonies. In general, work will include conducting genetic studies in mouse models to investigate lung and pulmonary vascular development. Specific techniques include mouse handling, setting up genetic mouse crosses, embryonic and early postnatal tissue collection and culturing, isolation and purification of DNA and RNA, PCR-based genotyping, gene expression analysis using qRT-PCR and RNA-sequencing, wax-embedded and frozen tissue sectioning, histological and immunofluorescence staining of sectioned and wholemount tissues, brightfield and immunofluorescence imaging, image analysis, and preparing samples for FACS.

General laboratory activities will include helping to maintain lab organization and record keeping, ordering reagents and supplies when needed, troubleshooting experimental design and equipment, attending lab meetings, helping to train undergraduate research trainees, and maintaining a safe work environment according to EH&S, state, and federal standards.


  • Theoretical knowledge of genetics, developmental biology, cell biology, and molecular biology, or a related field.

  • Demonstrated experience of laboratory work with a good understanding of all the components of successful operation of a molecular biology and tissue culture lab.

  • Practical background with demonstrated ability in stem cell and tissue culture protocols and experiments.

  • Proven ability in computer skills, including Office and Excel and PowerPoint.

  • Demonstrated ability to take direction, be detail oriented and follow step-wise instruction.

  • Basic experience in molecular biology techniques including nucleic acid manipulation, electrophoresis, tissue and cell culture, and PCR required.

  • Proven ability to work with a large number of samples with accuracy and efficiency.

  • Ability to troubleshoot complex technical procedures.

  • Ability to work independently and with a team; demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team in a deadline-driven environment; good communication and analytical skills.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Must be willing to vary work schedule to accommodate research needs.
  • Must be willing to work occasional evenings or weekends as required.
  • Must be willing and able to work with small animals and biohazardous materials.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $51,949 - $61,972 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $24.88 - $29.68

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

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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