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#97011 Research Assistant

Filing Deadline: Thu 12/20/2018

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 12/10/18 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 12/20/18. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The Knight lab has for the last few years consisted of a team of approximately 35 highly skilled researchers, students and technicians, with an annual operating budget of about $3 million derived from a mixture of federal and non-federal sources. Most of the lab’s work focuses on technologies for reading out microbial communities, including laboratory procedures for next-generation sequencing and bioinformatics software development, with applications in the human microbiome and child development, conservation, environmental monitoring and management, and biofuels. The Knight lab is widely regarded as a leader in the microbiome field, publishing regularly in top journals including Science, Nature, Cell, and PNAS, and publishing several dozen journal articles per year overall.

This Laboratory Assistant (II) position is a support position for the investigators and Staff Research Associates of human genomics research laboratory. Position involves handling and processing of environmental and human associated samples, sterile technique, packaging of specimens for storage and/or shipping, data entry and analysis, and general lab duties including dishwashing, lab cleanup and lab maintenance as assigned. The research focuses on microbial ecology focusing on associations with humans/animals and the environment. The candidate will be responsible for processing human associated and environmental samples (must understand the precautions necessary in handling potentially biohazardous human and environmental specimens), cells, extracting, purifying and quantitating DNA.


  • Graduation from high school or a GED and two (2) years of laboratory experience or two (2) years of college including courses in the natural, physical or social sciences and one (1) year of laboratory experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Theoretical knowledge of chemistry, biology, molecular biology or other health-related field.

  • Experience using sterile techniques and using basic laboratory equipment; knowledge of safe laboratory procedures.

  • Demonstrated experience with traditional microbiology environments growing various organisms.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of chemistry and math.

  • Strong computer skills and experience with software such as MS Access, Excel, Word, and other programs for the PC and MAC; able to operate and troubleshoot laboratory machinery that is computer controlled.

  • Experience with collection and analysis of research data, including maintaining confidentiality of personally identifiable participant information.

  • Proven understanding of basic chemical formulas for the preparation and maintenance of commonly used laboratory solutions.

  • Demonstrated experience in the safe handling of potentially biohazardous specimens.

  • Knowledge and training in Biohazard Safety Level (BSL) environments. Knowledge and training in ultra clean environments and other Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) related to microbiology.

  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions and written procedures; ability to quickly understand and reproduce accurately a taught technique or procedure.

  • Ability to work with a variety of individuals including faculty, clinicians, staff and students and to work as a team member in a support position.

  • Strong organizational skills with ability to prioritize tasks and to work under the pressure of multiple demands.


Prior lab experience outside the classroom.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Willing to work in a laboratory that collects, processes, stores, and assays biohazardous body fluids.

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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