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#96950 Bioluminescence Imaging Lab Assistant II

Filing Deadline: Tue 12/18/2018

Effective 12/06/18, minor revisions have been made to the qualifications that do not change the nature of the position.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 12/07/18 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 12/18/18. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The 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.

Our laboratory studies circadian (ca. 24 hr) rhythms in cells and tissues from mice and human subjects, using firefly luciferase as a reporter of circadian clock gene expression. We culture the faintly glowing cells, monitor them using a microscope and a specialized camera ordinarily used by astronomers for detecting faint starlight, and then analyze the rhythmic glow of cells in the resulting images.

Under supervision, the Lab Assistant will assist postdoctoral fellows in setting up bioluminescence imaging and luminometry experiments, including preparation of culture media, washing of glassware, feeding cells, and dissection and culture of mouse cells and tissues; using PC software to review bioluminescence images; and assist with other general laboratory operations, including purchasing and compliance with safety rules.

The applicant will also assist with management of a transgenic mouse colony, including PCR genotyping; follow instructions of PI and postdoctoral fellows in setting up breeding cages of multiple lines of transgenic mice. This requires great attention to detail and keeping of meticulous records using PC/Mac software such as Excel; after training, assist postdoctoral fellows in performing PCR genotyping on tissue samples from transgenic mice. Perform other duties as required.


  • Graduation from high school or a GED and one (1) year of laboratory experience or two (2) years of college including courses in neuroscience, molecular biology, and biochemistry; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of circadian biology, from undergraduate course work and/or lab experience.

  • Proven ability to work as an assistant in a biology research laboratory, learning new technical skills and performing designated duties reliably.

  • Ability to comfortably handle mice used in experiments.

  • Proven experience in use of PC/Mac computers and software, including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint.

  • Demonstrated ability to perform PCR genotyping on tissue samples from transgenic mice.

  • Demonstrated ability to operate specialized microscopic imaging and luminometry equipment.

  • Proven ability to set up bioluminescence imaging and luminometry experiments, including preparation of culture media, washing of glassware, feeding cells, and dissection and culture of mouse cells and tissues.

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills for interacting with lab members. Ability to seek assistance from others and participate in problem-solving.


A Bachelor's Degree in Biology or related field.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Must be available to work occasional evening or weekend hours if needed.
  • Must be comfortable handling mice and euthanizing them when necessary.

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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