Job Description

Payroll Title:
Full Salary Range
$27.09 - $43.58 / Hour
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
RX Contract
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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.

#120171 Staff Research Associate II

Filing Deadline: Fri 12/9/2022

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.

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UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 11/21/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 12/01/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


Working in close cooperation with PI, postdoctoral fellows, and lab manager, the position will independently perform molecular biology and culturing work, as well as coordinate and manage metabolomic projects. The position contributes to certain laboratory management duties that include overseeing ordering, inventory, and equipment upkeep, in conjunction with the lab manager. Optimization of existing protocols and development of new protocols will occasionally be required. Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Theoretical knowledge of biochemistry and/or microbiology or related field as typically attained by a Bachelor's degree, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Two (2) years plus experience working in a microbiology lab.

  • Proven experience in the preparation of scientific reagents.

  • Knowledge and experience with laboratory equipment, including centrifuges, bioguard hood, Chemical fume hood, microscope, pipeters, autoclave, balances and incubators.

  • General laboratory skills and safety training.

  • Strong ability to evaluate and communicate scientific data.

  • Proven ability to maintain data accurately and mathematical computation skills.

  • General computer skills including word processing and graphics applications.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of sterile technique for bacterial and cell culture.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of principles underlying DNA, RNA, and protein analysis, and PCR.

  • Thorough ability to assist in preparation of detailed and accurate scientific validation reports.

  • Knowledge of laboratory safety including radioactive/biohazard handling and disposal techniques, and the ability to ensure laboratory compliance with required safety regulations.


  • Experience with tissue culture.
  • Bachelor's degree in biochemistry and/or microbiology or related field.
  • Molecular and/or metabolocis experience.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.
  • Must be able and willing to work with biohazardous material including bacterial and tissue samples.

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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