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#109192 Staff Research Associate

Filing Deadline: Mon 5/17/2021

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 05/06/21 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 05/17/21. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The UCSD Department of Pharmacology is one of two basic science units in the School of Medicine where world-class researchers investigate the effects of chemical interventions on biological systems. The faculty are internationally renowned for their strength in elucidating basic cellular and molecular mechanisms of signal transduction that lead to innovative drug target identification and ultimately to cutting edge drug discovery. 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.

More than one hundred trainees at the graduate student and postdoctoral level, as well as a staff of more than 50 research technicians and department administrators interact closely with the faculty. The diverse mix of ages, backgrounds, and talents creates a robust work environment with challenging career opportunities and a commitment to continued growth potential. We constantly seek to recruit highly motivated, technologically-advanced and interested individuals to become a part of our dynamic exploratory research and educational environment. For more information, please visit our website at http://pharmacology.ucsd.edu.

The purpose of the position is to provide support for research experiments and various technical assignments for the laboratory of Dr. JoAnn Trejo. The position requires laboratory experience, technical skills and understanding in molecular and cellular biology to assist in planning, executing, and analyzing experiments successfully. Additionally, the position will assist with laboratory maintenance duties including; ordering supplies, assuring that lab equipment is kept in working condition and general clean up. Must be able to interact productively with faculty, postdoctoral scholars, students and research technicians in a medium sized laboratory using mice as the model system.


  • Theoretical knowledge of cell/molecular biology, biochemistry and microscopy optics and/or other demonstrated equivalent experience.

  • Thorough knowledge of solubility, general laboratory techniques, and scientific calculations sufficient to prepare and maintain chemical stocks such as dilutions, buffers, and solutions.

  • Knowledge of various molecular, biological, and physiochemical techniques such as experimental design, density centrifugation, electrophoresis, blotting, PCR, cell culture, isolation of DNA and argarose gels.

  • Skill in working in a fast paced, research environment with frequent interruptions while completing projects and work assignments in a timely and efficient manner. Ability to organize, prioritize, and meet deadlines.

  • Knowledge of current biotechnological techniques related to microscopy and image analysis. Expert competency with troubleshooting scientific and biotechnology related problems. Advance experience with immunohistological techniques

  • Experience using computerized office software such as Internet Explorer, PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Adobe Photoshop, Reader, Illustrator, PageMaker and Acrobat. Experience using computerized analysis software, statistics programs, gel documentation/analysis programs, and provide assistance as needed.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills to communicate in person, on the phone, and in writing to a diverse population including persons from foreign countries, the business community, academicians, students and staff with a high degree of diplomacy, mature judgment, tact and flexibility.


  • BS/BA in biological sciences, chemistry, or related field.
  • Experience making independent decisions, analyzing situations, solving problems, and initiating actions for competent lab management. Strong analytical and critical thinking skills required to identify problems and develop innovative solutions.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.
  • Must be comfortable with the use of mice as experimental animals.
  • Manual dexterity/fine motor skills necessary for pipetting.
  • Willingness and ability to work safely with potentially harmful agents/ hazardous materials.

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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UC San Diego Health 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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UC San Diego School of Medicine
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La Jolla
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Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday - Friday


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