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#96973 Laboratory and Research Associate

Filing Deadline: Tue 2/26/2019

Depending on the experience of the selected candidate, this position will be hired at the Staff Research Associate I or Staff Research Associate II-NEX level.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 12/6/18 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 Department of Pediatrics is one of the largest departments within the School of Medicine with approximately 171 Faculty, 60 post-doctoral fellows (both MDs and PhDs) along with over 300 support staff (not including hospital staff). In addition, the Department has 57 clinical residents and fellows distributed across the Divisions. The missions of research, education and patient care are intertwined, and are integral to the goals of the department.

The multi-disciplinary lab within the Department of Pediatrics explores the role of non-coding RNAs in stem cell biology and host-pathogen interactions. Projects in the lab use cell culture, animal models, neural stem cells, human pluripotent cells and several molecular tools to investigate fundamental mechanisms of CNS injury, AIDS, cancer, and immune disorders.

Under direct supervision, the Research Associate will perform standard cellular lab experiments. Incumbent will also perform experiments using basic tissue culture techniques such as RT-PCR, qPCR, DNA and RNA molecular experiments, plasmid purification, iPSC production and characterization, RNAi, CRISPR, cloning, and HT screening and sequencing, under supervision.


  • Theoretical and practical knowledge of life science such as biology, molecular biology, and biochemistry.

  • Experience performing standard molecular and cell biology lab procedures.

  • Knowledge of operating and maintaining a variety of lab equipment.

  • Ability to work under supervision and independently on projects with a variety of personalities.

  • Demonstrated ability to set priorities and to organize a varied workload to meet deadlines despite frequent interruptions.

  • Proficiency with Windows programs and knowledge of library usage with the willingness and ability to learn new hardware/software as required.

  • Experience in conducting molecular experiments such as RNA, DNA assays.

  • Ability to use relevant computer software programs to organize and assist in analyzing data.

  • Knowledge in maintaining cell cultures.

  • Ability to process new samples of different cell lineages using standard repetitive protocols.


  • Knowledge of Cal-OSHA & UCSD EH&S safety requirements including MSDS's, hazard communication & Injury and Illness Prevention Program; laboratory safety precautions including appropriate clothing and shoes, use of protective items such as gloves and goggles as well as basic first aid procedures.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

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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