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#97420 Lab Assistant - Part-Time

Filing Deadline: Fri 1/25/2019

Please note this is a part-time 50% career appointment.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 01/15/19 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 01/25/19. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


Under supervision, assist with the recruit of patients for the study, coordinate blood sample collection, collection of patient data, perform basic laboratory duties including answering telephones, inventory of lab supplies, receiving lab specimens, and instructing collaborators in lab submissions.

Incumbent will assist and support the PI, trainees and technicians in carrying out experiments, making routine analysis and preparing solutions, managing laboratory records. Technical functions include assisting with the preparation of solutions, buffers, and complex reagents, performing immunocytochemistry, cell culture, blood sample analysis, database maintenance, and operating lab equipment. Assist and support supervisor and laboratory personnel in lab organization of specimens and lab procedures/protocols, ordering supplies.


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

  • Proven experience, measuring and weighing chemicals, preparing solutions and serial dilutions; and knowledge and ability to prepare a variety of reagents, media, and buffers.

  • Demonstrated experience with and understanding of basic laboratory equipment. Prior experience and knowledge of proper handling, storage and disposal of hazardous materials.

  • Familiarity with assisting in procedures such as but not limited to, biochemical assay, DNA and RNA extraction and quantification, genotyping, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), sequencing, and mutation screening, cell culture.

  • Proficient with Windows 2000/XP OS and databases with ability to work with variety of computer applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Photoshop). Ability to increase skills and knowledge as needed. Ability in keeping organized, accurate lab records and computer files.

  • Excellent ability to communicate effectively over the telephone with clientele exercising diplomacy.


  • Experience in preparing IRB protocols.
  • Knowledge of working with patient populations in clinical settings.


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