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#94006 Research Associate

Filing Deadline: Wed 6/27/2018

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 6/15/18 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.


Department of Pediatrics is one of the largest departments within the UCSD School of Medicine with comprehensive clinical programs, extensive basic science and clinical research, and diverse educational opportunities for students, residents and fellows. The internationally renowned faculty 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 more than 300 professional, research and administrative staff who along with the 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 cutting-edge research, clinical, and educational environment.

Under supervision, the Research Associate will assist in research in a stem cell biology/diabetes research laboratory and perform routine molecular biology techniques (eg., cloning, PCR and RT-PCR, DNA purification, protein extraction and western blotting) and laboratory procedures using human embryonic stems cells (hESCs) including culture and differentiation, fluorescent activated cell sorting, transfection, viral transduction, and cell transplantation. Incumbent will also perform general lab duties including ordering supplies and equipment repair.


  • Theoretical knowledge of molecular and cellular biology, biology or closely related field. Bachelors degree preferred.

  • Skill, knowledge, and ability to perform standard and routine laboratory techniques such as, but not limited to, biochemical assays, DNA and RNA extraction and quantification, genotyping, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), sequencing, and mutation screening.

  • Knowledge of or experience in maintaining human embryonic stem cell cultures.

  • Knowledge of lab operations and rules for handling, storing and disposing of noninfectious waste as well as bio hazardous material.

  • Skill and knowledge of computer basic data base and word processing programs.

  • Knowledge of lab operations and rules for handling, storing and disposing of noninfectious waste as well as bio hazardous material.

  • Knowledge of proper use and maintenance of laboratory equipment.

  • Ability in keeping organized, accurate lab records and computer files.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills including tact, diplomacy, and patience in dealing with students, faculty, staff, and corporate/industrial representatives.

  • Demonstrated effective oral and written communication skills to communicate research results.

  • Prior experience and ability to work with mice.


  • Experience differentiating human embryonic stem cells, specifically into pancreatic cells.

  • Experience using lentiviral platforms for generation of stable cell lines for over expression and knockdown using shRNAs.

  • Experience with mouse surgical procedures.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

  • Must be willing to handle and be around hazardous chemicals and materials.

  • Must be willing to work occasional evenings or weekends as required.

  • Research on human embryonic stem cells.

  • Must be willing to work with viruses that are infectious to humans, including adeno-associated viruses and lentiviral vectors.

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, Monday-Friday


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