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#108493 Lab Assistant II

Extended Deadline: Fri 6/25/2021

This position will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 04/05/21 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 04/14/21. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

Minor revisions have been made to the qualifications as of 6/18/21.


UCSD Department of Psychiatry is one of the most innovative and productive academic departments in the country, offering challenging career opportunities in the diverse areas of advanced educational programs, cutting-edge research, and state-of-the-art clinical services. The department is committed to offering a dynamic learning environment and growing opportunities to its talented and dedicated employees.

Under supervision, incumbent will assist postdoctoral scholar and graduate students in studies of role of GLO-1 gene in rodent models. Duties to include the following: lab animal husbandry, mouse colony maintenance, genotyping, injections, surgery, and assisting in initial data analysis. Perform stereotaxic intracranial surgical procedures in mice to prepare for testing in the ICSS paradigm. Collect, record, and catalog data using specialized data acquisition software on laboratory computers (Software includes but is not limited to: Med Associates, Coulbourn, Knosys, DSI, San Diego Instruments, and Noldus Ethovision). Assist in analyzing data collected from behavioral experiment using Excel; learn analysis software specific for the laboratory. Handle mice and rats.


  • Graduation from high school or a GED and two (2) years of laboratory experience or two (2) years of college, including courses in Biology, organic/inorganic Chemistry and one (1) year of laboratory experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Proficient ability to use word processing, spreadsheet, etc., with the willingness and ability to update and increase skills and knowledge as needed.

  • Coursework in biology and/or chemistry or related fields and basic laboratory techniques (pipetting, solution preparation, etc.) or equivalent experience.

  • Demonstrated experience handling mice (restraining, eartagging, injections, etc.).

  • Ability to assist in analyzing data collected from behavioral experiment using Excel and learn analysis software specific for the laboratory.


  • Bachelor's Degree in related area.

  • Experience with lab mouse colony maintenance.

  • Thorough working knowledge of the Animal Care Program's required husbandry practices.

  • Ability to perform stereotaxic intracranial surgical procedures in mice to prepare for testing in the ICSS paradigm.

  • Proven experience to hand score/record behavioral animal data for non-automated testing paradigms.

  • Working knowledge of laws and regulations that govern the housing and management of laboratory animals as applied to the University of California. Sensitivity to the needs of laboratory animals in compliance to AAALAC standards.

  • Experience with laboratory computers and specialized data collection software (Med Associates, San Diego Instruments, Noldus, DSI).

  • Knowledge of stereotaxic surgery.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

  • Must be willing to handle and euthanize mice.

UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system in the San Diego region, providing leading-edge care in patient care, biomedical research, education, and community service. Our facilities include two university hospitals, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, and several outpatient clinics. UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest is a designated Level I Trauma Center and has the only Burn Center in the county. We invite you to join our dynamic team!


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