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#107932 Molecular Biology/Neuroscience Laboratory Manager

Filing Deadline: Mon 3/8/2021

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 2/25/21 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 3/8/21. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The UCSD Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (CMM) is one of two basic science units in the School of Medicine where world-class researchers study fundamental cellular processes and pathways using a variety of techniques from classical genetics and fluorescence microscopy to high throughput genomics, systems biology, and crystallography. Our 37 faculty and over 200 postdoctoral scholars, graduate students, and research staff work on the cutting edge of biology, cutting across fields from basic biochemistry and genetics to genomics, systems biology and stem cell biology. The faculty also play a major role in medical and graduate student training, providing educational and programmatic offerings that span several disciplines and provide diversity to meet the interests of a broad spectrum of students and scholars. We constantly seek to recruit highly motivated, technologically advanced, and deeply interested individuals who are ready to become a part of our dynamic research and educational environment.

Under general supervision, the Molecular Biology and Neuroscience Laboratory Manager, will conduct advanced and independent research projects in addition to being responsible for overseeing lab operations of a medium sized lab.

Incumbent will independently carry out research experiments involving the construction of expression vectors, packaging vectors into viruses for delivery, stereotactic injection into the CNS of mice. The incumbent will prepare brain slices for analysis by immunocytochemistry, behavioral testing, and electrophysiological recording. This position will make significant innovative contributions pertaining to the design and overall direction of research projects, proposing possible changes or new directions when appropriate. Oversee experiments making the technical determination and/or observations related to research projects.

Lab Management duties include management of outgoing orders, inspect and maintain laboratory equipment, work with outside vendors, orient new employees to laboratory practices including purchasing, act as Radiation Safety and Chemical Hygiene Officer, maintain laboratory databases, help with animal protocol renewal, and supervising overall animal studies.


  • Advanced theoretical knowledge of Biology, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, and Neuroscience, typically attained during a Bachelor's Degree or a combination of education and prior research experience.

  • Demonstrated experience, skill and knowledge of research design and methodology to achieve experimental goals.

  • Proven practical knowledge of basic immunology for use of antibodies for immunoblotting and immuno staining.

  • Proven skills to perform stereotactic injection and prepare brain slices for immunocytochemistry analysis.

  • Experience in performing behavioral analysis on neurological disorders on mouse models.

  • Basic knowledge and skills in conducting electrophysiological recording.

  • Skill to plan and organize work assignments in an efficient and productive manner.

  • Skill with accurate record keeping and proven ability to organize, analyze, and calculate data.

  • Advanced skill using word processing, spreadsheet and database software.

  • Demonstrated ability to operate and maintain of various lab equipment.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of radiation safety and biosafety techniques and practices. Experience working with chemical, radioisotope, and biological hazards and recognizing safety problems.

  • Strong communication skills (both verbal and written) to interact professionally and effectively in the work environment, as well as effectively and accurately document research procedures. Ability to read, comprehend and discuss research materials.

  • Demonstrated knowledge to read and use Material Safety Data Sheets.

  • Ability to write with correct syntax and grammar and to clearly communicate ideas and protocols in writing to EH&S. Experienced in working and maintaining a sterile environment.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.

  • Must be willing to work with hazardous materials and rodents.

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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