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#96627 Lab Assistant I

Filing Deadline: Mon 11/26/2018

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 11/14/18 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 11/26/18. 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 molecular basis of human diseases. 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 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.

Under close supervision, the Lab Assistant 1 will assist in the performance of PCR genotyping procedures and keeping of detailed data records. Incumbent performs various laboratory and tissue culture facility maintenance duties (including order, store and dispense a variety of supplies; maintain equipment, assist in the operation of laboratory equipment, and general clean-up). Assist supervisor and laboratory members with special experiments and various technical assignments, as necessary. Interacts effectively with faculty, postdoctoral scholars, students, and research technicians in a laboratory with 30+ personnel.


  • Graduation from high school or a GED and one (1) year of laboratory experience or two years of college including courses in chemistry, biochemistry or biology; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Ability to follow basic research protocols and follow instructions closely.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of basic laboratory procedures and equipment, including preparation of buffers.

  • Demonstrated knowledge or experience with preparing primary cultures and maintaining cell lines.

  • Proven knowledge or experience with routine PCR genotyping procedure and hand-on techniques.

  • Knowledge and understanding of laboratory safety and ability to work carefully with potentially harmful agents.

  • Ability to effectively communicate with colleagues and superiors, with skill in asking questions and advising of problems, via effective use of email, public/shared Google docs, and/or meeting schedules.


  • B.S. Degree including courses in chemistry, biochemistry or biology.
  • Knowledge and experience in basic animal room work.
  • Experience with flow cytometry.
  • Understanding of UC ordering procedures.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends, if necessary.
  • Willingness and ability to work with mice.

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


As a federally-funded institution, UC San Diego Health maintains a marijuana and drug free campus. New employees are subject to drug screening.