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#89456 ACP Diagnostic Lab SRA II

Extended Deadline: Tue 1/30/2018

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 8/16/17 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor. Eligible Disability Counseling and Consulting services (DCC) or Special Selection clients should contact their Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for assistance.

Posting will remain "Open Until Filled"


Working in this position, the incumbent will carry out tasks that are basic to the ACP DSL operations in support of animal research, including direct data acquisition for investigator-driven projects, diagnostic services for research animal preventive health programs, as well as similar services for investigating apparent clinical health problems.

The basic diagnostic procedures include hematological and serum chemistry analysis, microscopic analysis for cytology and parasitology, post mortem examination of animals and related gross tissue sampling and processing of representative tissues, microbiological and parasitological sample collection and processing.

Among other tasks and procedures are sentinel rodent and fish euthanasia and sample procurement, including blood and tissue sampling for serology, parasitology, microbiology and molecular biology, as well as sample processing/preparation and submission for shipment, plus fixed tissue preparation and submission for histology processing, In association with these sampling and testing tasks, organization, coordination and planning for the sample procurement is currently a critical component of this position.

That role involves communication across the department, including with ACP husbandry, animal health and administrative personnel. Once data is obtained, tasks include data entry to DSL databases and generation of related reports for clientele and those ACP members mentioned above.

Other position-related work includes participation in equipment and supplies maintenance, care and inventory, assuring reliable and efficient operation. Writing and revising DSL-related standard operating procedures (SOP), including Good Laboratory Practices procedures, is an important part of this job. Finally, to help assure the best possible service capabilities, a person in this position will maintain awareness of advances in diagnostic laboratory technology, assessing the appropriateness of modifying current DSL practices and testing paradigms.


  • Education/certification/experience in clinical laboratory medicine technology.
  • Education/Certification/experience in veterinary medical technology. Combination of education and experience is preferred.

  • Knowledge of function and use of hematology analyzer(s). Skill in performing routine whole blood cell determinations using such equipment.

  • Knowledge and ability to perform manual blood cell counts when warranted via hemocytometer methods.

  • Knowledge and skill in performing, staining, examining and interpreting whole blood smears to determine differential cell counts and blood cell morphology evaluation for variety of species.

  • Knowledge of the function and use of blood chemistry analyzer. Skill in performing routine plasma or serum determinations using such equipment.

  • Knowledge of and ability to perform common parasitological techniques, including direct examination of cecal contents and pelage, skin scraping, fecal flotation, etc..

  • Ability to prepare and microscopically examine a variety of specimens and sample types including various wet mount preparations (lactophenol cotton blue, KOH, iodine, etc) and other staining techniques such as reticulocyte staining, gram stains, acid fast stains, spore stains, trichrome,etc. Knowledge of basic urinalysis and other fluid analysis.

  • Knowledge and skill in performance of good sterile technique in specimen collection required for different test, processing, and storage of different type of specimens.

  • Knowledge of and ability to perform microbiological procedures, including culture on agar plates, rodac plates and broths from a variety of animal samples and environmental samples (water quality testing); including processing and documentation of autoclave test ampules

  • Skilled in use of lab equipment such as microscope, pipettors, incubators, microhematocrit, clinical and microfuge centrifuges.etc. Knowledge of diagnostic laboratory equipment maintenance and trouble shooting. Skill in performing maintenance and troubleshooting laboratory equipment

  • Knowledge of laboratory quality control principles

  • Theoretical knowledge of basic anatomy of common laboratory species. Ability to perform animal postmortem examination and tissue collection. Skills in sample collection methods for ancillary diagnostic testing; e.g. – microbiology, molecular biology, etc.

  • Experience and skill in manipulations of various species of laboratory animals and euthanasia. Skilled in AVMA accepted methods of euthanasia, including knowledge of various agents and routes according to species involved.

  • Knowledge of proper handling and disposal of infectious and/or potentially infectious materials, including sharps and hazardous agents.

  • Knowledge of EH&S laboratory safety policies, and procedures including chemical and radiation safety.

  • Proven knowledge of vivarium and laboratory safety issues, protective measures and clothing. Working knowledge of standard Biosafety Practices, Universal Precautions and Animal Biosafety Practices..

  • Advanced skills and knowledge of the use of software programs: Excel, Access database, MS Word, PDf documents, Windows and Outlook for e-mail..

  • Ability to search diagnostic and testing resources upon request. Seek out and interface with reference laboratories to determine sample type(s) and handling, including shipping. Present the information to the requestor. Handle arrangements for setting up an account when needed, prepare necessary paperwork for request and shipping.

  • Knowledge of packaging and shipping procedures and regulations, including paperwork regarding shipment of a variety of specimen types.

  • Demonstrated skill in accurate recordkeeping, and ability to organize, analyze, and calculate data. Ability to place orders for supplies.

  • Skill in basic office procedures such as phone etiquette, filing, typing and has legible handwriting. Skills in the use of office equipment such as computers, fax machines photocopiers, etc..

  • Ability to effectively interact and communicate with a variety of people, including technicians, veterinarians, researches, support staff, reference lab personnel, etc. Superior interpersonal skills including tact, diplomacy and flexibility.

  • Experience in clinical and/or research diagnostic lab.


~ California Driver’s License required.

~ Employment Contingent upon satisfactory background check.

~ Must pass pre-employment physical examination.

~ Must be able to work with animals in laboratory setting (substantial animal contact) and work in areas with biohazardous agents, radioactive isotopes, and hazardous chemicals.

Occasional weekend and holiday work hours may be required

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://www-hr.ucsd.edu/saa/nondiscr.html

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Hiring Salary Range
$22.57 - $28.06 / Hour
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RX Contract
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Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon - Fri