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#93574 Lab Assistant III

Filing Deadline: Tue 5/29/2018

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 05/18/18 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 general supervision, perform general laboratory administration and upkeep, domestic/international scientific instrument and supply shipping and receiving, and assist with day-to-day activities of the Lagrangian Drifter Laboratory. Serve as a general assistant to the Lagrangian Drifter Lab in conducting research, and other supporting lab activities.

Work duties include: Assist with metadata entry quality assurance and inventory tracking; Assist with organization of field campaigns; Assist with general lab maintenance, ensuring space is clean, safe and orderly; Order and organize supplies; Perform proper storage and disposal of chemicals and hazardous materials; Keep informed of updates on safety policy and procedures and assist with ensuring Environmental Health and Safety compliance; Maintain inventory of laboratory equipment; Serve as point of contact for repair and maintenance of laboratory and computer equipment; Assist in the assembly, testing and operation of drifting buoy systems; Maintain detailed and accurate lab records and assist with lab visitors; Provide work-direction for junior staff and train new lab members in routine tasks.


  • Graduation from a high school or GED and three (3) years of laboratory experience or two (2) years of college including courses in physical science or related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • The knowledge and abilities essential to the successful performance of duties assigned to the position.

  • Ability to communicate and interact effectively with scientific, technical, and administrative personnel.

  • Ability to maintain the organization of laboratory supplies, equipment tools, and documentation.

  • Ability to work in a research laboratory environment in adherence with established protocols.

  • Ability to develop, follow, and trouble-shoot established lab protocols and lab procedures with direction from senior staff.

  • Ability to accurately maintain lab records with strict attention to detail.

  • Demonstrated strong oral and written communication skills.

  • Ability to read, interpret and apply protocols for transportation of oceanographic research equipment to the port of call.

  • Solid problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Willingness to learn new skills. Ability to prioritize tasks and work independently.

  • Ability to work in a team environment, excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to work with a diverse group of people, to communicate clearly/effectively, and to demonstrate tact and diplomacy.


  • Must be able to travel to various locations (local/national/international) for field-based work.

  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.

  • Must have a valid passport for international travel.

  • Must have a valid California driver's license.

  • A background check is required.

  • Must be willing to work with hazardous materials, such as Lithium Batteries.

  • May be required to work near curing epoxy and urethane.

  • Must be able to obtain certification to operate a Forklift.

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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Payroll Title:
Hiring Salary Range
$3,457.38 - $3,784.50 /month
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
TX Contract
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Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri