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#90525 Behavioral Laboratory Assistant

Filing Deadline: Thu 10/26/2017

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 10/17/17 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.


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.

This work will be performed in a behavioral experimental laboratory within the Department of Psychiatry, which focuses mainly on behavioral pharmacology in animals as related to Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, and other psychiatric illnesses.

Under supervision, the incumbent will work as a Laboratory Assistant, conducting multiple types of behavioral experiments with mice and rats as well as biochemical and molecular assays on animal and human tissues. The technician will also maintain accurate records of testing and euthanize mice and rats as instructed. The technician will be required to document and use procedures to weigh and dissolve drugs, weigh animals and administer drugs, process tissue for assays (e.g. blood or brain), perform standard laboratory assays such as ELISAs, DNA/RNA extraction and immunohistochemistry, collect and sort data using specialized software on lab computers, maintain neat and accurate records, as well as assist with graduate, post-doctoral scholar and PI paperwork. Finally, assisting in maintaining lab cleanliness will be required, as will assisting supervisor with tasks as required.


  • Two years of college including college level coursework completed in Psychology, Neuroscience, Biology or other related field and one year of laboratory experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Experience handling rats and mice (restraining, eartagging, injections, etc.)

  • General laboratory experience

  • Experience with calculating dosages and dissolving a variety of chemicals

  • University coursework in organic/inorganic chemistry and laboratory techniques (pipetting, solution preparation, dosage calculation, etc.)

  • Experience with DOS, Windows operating systems and Microsoft Office software

  • Experience ordering and receiving supplies from scientific suppliers (Sigma, Fisher etc.)

  • Demonstrated detailed organizational and record-keeping skills

  • Experience with filing, alphabetizing, organizing and maintaining research file tasks

  • Proven ability to assist and perform standard laboratory assays such as but not limited to ELISAs, DNA/RNA extraction, immunohistochemistry.


  • Knowledge of stereotaxic surgery

  • Experience with specialized behavioral testing equipment (Med Associates, San Diego Instruments, Coulbourn, Noldus)

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


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

  • Must be willing to handle and euthanize rats and mice.

  • Must be willing to collect and handle animal tissue.

  • Must be willing to handle human specimens.

  • Must be willing to work nights and/or weekends if necessary for experimental purposes.

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 School of Medicine
Payroll Title:
PSYCHIATRY/Pre-Clinical Research
Hiring Salary Range
$17.23 - $18.74 / Hour
Hillcrest Medical Center
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
TX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day