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#97516 Lab Assistant

Filing Deadline: Fri 1/25/2019

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, incumbent will assist Principal Investigator in research aimed at creating anti-pathogen effector and genetic drives systems to control dengue and other vector-borne diseases using a variety of standard biochemistry and molecular biology procedures.

In addition, incumbent is responsible for care and maintenance of fly and mosquito mutant lines; using a stereo microscope, performing routine fly and mosquito work (feeding colonies (preparing food and blood feeding), sorting flies, collecting flies, setting up crosses, transferring stocks, screening flies for mutant phenotypes, etc). Following genetic screens, the incumbent will assist senior laboratory staff with molecular biology procedures such as DNA isolation, recombination-based cDNA cloning, bacterial transformation and growth, PCR and Gibson assembly and with the microinjection of fly embryos.

The incumbent will also perform routine laboratory duties: order and maintain lab equipment, supplies, and records; maintain cleanliness of lab; prepare buffers, media, and solutions; and perform other general lab duties as needed.


  • Graduation from high school or a GED and two (2) years of laboratory experience OR two (2) years of college including courses in biochemistry, molecular biology, biophysics, basic genetics; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience

  • College level course; or equivalent in general laboratory techniques and molecular techniques including the ability to prepare solutions and use a pH meter

  • Laboratory experience with basic and general techniques in molecular biology including DNA and RNA preparation and extraction, molecular cloning, gel electrophoresis, PCR, etc.

  • Demonstrated skill to use standard lab equipment such as centrifuge, microscope, balances, etc.

  • Demonstrated skill to culture and handle Drosophila flies and mosquitoes.

  • Experience with basic microbiological and sterile techniques.

  • Skill to follow multistep assays and procedures. Ability and organizational skills to keep accurate records of scientific data in well-organized lab notebook.

  • Proven experience using MAC or PC, including Microsoft Office.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Good interpersonal communication skills including tact, diplomacy, and flexibility with students, staff, faculty, and visitors of various cultures and backgrounds.

  • Knowledge of Material Safety Data Sheets, hazard communication and Injury and Illness Prevention Program. Knowledge of laboratory safety precautions including appropriate clothing and shoes, safe handling of chemicals, use of protective items such as gloves and goggles, etc. Knowledge of safety procedures using chemicals and radioactive materials.

  • Knowledge of purchasing and reimbursement procedures. Skill in maintaining steady levels of lab supplies, maintaining purchasing records, and training others in purchasing procedures.

  • Willingness and demonstrated ability to embrace and consistently uphold the principles of community for a collaborative work environment.


  • Must be able to work occasional overtime (evening or weekend) based on needs of experiments.

  • Must be able to work safely with lab chemicals.

  • Must have good eyesight (normal or corrected) and manual dexterity for fine dissection of insects.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://www-hr.ucsd.edu/saa/nondiscr.html

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Payroll Title:
Hiring Salary Range
$17.23 - $18.57 /hour
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
TX Contract
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Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri, occasional overtime as needed