Job Description

Payroll Title:
PEDIATRICS/ Hematology & Oncology
Salary Range
Commensurate with Experience
Moores Cancer Center
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
RX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 Hour Shifts, Monday - Friday

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#119739 Staff Research Associate II/III

Filing Deadline: Wed 11/30/2022

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Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 11/09/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

Depending on the experience of the selected candidate, this position will be hired at the SRA 2 or SRA 3 level.


Research in the section of Hematology-Oncology in the Department of Pediatrics at UCSD focuses on studies of the fundamental mechanisms of tumorigenesis in children, including the identification and validation of key signaling pathways and the discovery and development of novel treatments.

Under supervision, the Staff Research Associate (SRA) will independently contribute to both scientific research in molecular biology, microbiology. The incumbent will organize and execute small animal experiments, based on current scientific literature and recent advances in the field. The SRA will also assist with laboratory management duties that include tracking lab inventory and managing laboratory orders, including placing orders and tracking subsequent deliveries and laboratory storage, coordinating regular laboratory equipment maintenance, managing laboratory calendars and schedules.

The incumbent will be responsible for data entry and analysis for all experiments performed and for preparation of charts and graphs for presentation. Under general supervision, the SRA will perform a wide variety of standard laboratory procedures for different projects, analyze data and interpret results independently and in collaboration with others.

The SRA handle and process laboratory specimens including: DNA, RNA, and protein analysis of cell lines and tumor samples using biochemical techniques. The SRA will also be responsible for mouse procurement and care for experimental studies, for experimental manipulation (including surgery) for tumor model generation, and for experimental treatment and tumor analysis.


  • Theoretical knowledge of biology, biochemistry, molecular biology or other health-related field as typically attained by a Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Proven experience in methods including DNA, RNA and protein analysis using biochemical techniques. Demonstrated knowledge of principles underlying DNA, RNA, and protein analysis. Experience performing standard laboratory experiments, including (but not limited to) Western blot and PCR. Technical excellence (accuracy, timeliness) in performing laboratory experiments.

  • Strong communication skills (both verbal and written) needed to interact professionally and effectively with a variety of personnel in the work environment, as well as to effectively and accurately document research procedures.

  • Ability to prioritize tasks and to work under the pressure of multiple demands and demanding timetables. Ability to work with a variety of individuals including faculty, fellows, staff and students and to work as a team member. Experience coordinating studies with other departments and labs.

  • Strong skill in learning and implementing new experimental procedures with accuracy and efficiency.

  • Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Adobe Photoshop. Must be computer savvy to operate laboratory machinery that is computer controlled. Ability to peruse, interpret and utilize web-based biological databases in the performance and analysis of experiments.

  • Strong experience and skill in accurate record keeping and the ability to organize, analyze, and calculate data.

  • Willingness to work in a laboratory that collects, processes, stores, and assays body fluids and tumor samples.

  • Skill in sterile technique for bacterial and cell culture.

  • Knowledge and adherence to safe laboratory procedures.


  • Knowledge and experience working with and handling small animals including mice. Proven knowledge of normal physiological data of rodents, particularly mice. Experience with small animal husbandry and excellent organizational skills to manage all lab animal work. Experience with small animal surgery techniques including subcutaneous and orthotopic tumor models.
  • Working knowledge of EH&S and biohazard handling and disposal policies and protocols, UC safety compliance regulations, University/Federal (NIH/AALAC) policies, training regulations and animal protocols. Ability to adhere to established UCSD guidelines for safety and environmental issues. Independently manage Controlled Substance Use Authorization (CSUA) and prepare the annual renewals.
  • Demonstrated experience in effectively supervising laboratory assistants and undergraduate researchers, and provide orientation for new members to the laboratory.
  • Experience operating, maintaining and repairing a variety of laboratory instruments. Knowledge and experience with large laboratory equipment, including centrifuges, tissue culture hood, microscope, pipeters, autoclave, balances, incubator.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Must be willing to work occasional evenings or weekends as required.
  • Must be willing and able to work with small animals and biohazardous materials, including human tissues.

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.

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