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#92581 Immunology Research Assistant

Filing Deadline: Tue 3/27/2018

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 03/15/18 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.


Under the supervision of the principal investigator, the Laboratory Assistant will assist in performing research in immunology/cell biology. The Laboratory Assistant is responsible for assisting in the maintenance of the animal colony, including husbandry and breeding. In addition, the Laboratory Assistant performs tissue culture experiments, PCR, flow cytometry, immunoblotting, histological tissue preparation, and immunofluorescence microscopy.

The Laboratory Assistant is also responsible for preparing buffers, solutions, and routine lab chemicals, and is responsible for laboratory administrative duties that include maintaining a research database, data entry into spreadsheets, and ordering/receiving supplies. Other duties include installing, operating, and maintaining laboratory equipment, as well as organizing and keeping accurate and meticulous records of all reagents in freezers, refrigerators, and liquid nitrogen tanks.


  • Theoretical knowledge of biology, microbiology, immunology, cell biology, social sciences, or related field generally acquired through a Bachelor's Degree; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Demonstrated experience performing basic and advanced tissue culture techniques.

  • Experience with the preparation of slides, image acquisition and analysis for immunofluorescence studies.

  • Demonstrated experience with immunoblotting, PCR, flow cytometry.

  • Demonstrated proficiency in animal dissection, injections, and animal husbandry.

  • Proven experience using laboratory equipment such as centrifuges, autoclaves, spectrophotometers, balances, and pH meters.

  • Strong experience in accurate record keeping with ability to organize, analyze, and calculate data.

  • Superior oral and written communication skills.


Knowledge of and ability to adhere to established UCSD guidelines for laboratory safety and environmental issues.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

  • Employee must be willing to perform experiments involving the sacrifice of laboratory mice.

  • Must be willing to work with recombinant DNA and biohazardous 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 School of Medicine
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Days, 8 hrs/day


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