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#98455 Lab Assistant

Extended Deadline: Mon 5/20/2019

This position will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 03/21/19 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 04/01/19. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The Chu laboratory studies the role of the microbiota in modulating immune responses during health and disease. Utilizing the combination of genetically engineered mice maintained under germ-free or defined microbial communities, our lab is able to explore the multifactorial contributions to disease pathogenesis.

Under supervision, the incumbent will be responsible for performing the routine duties and assist with specialize duties related to the husbandry and experimental procedures with rodent animal models, including gnotobiotic mice at the lab’s independent facility. The Lab Assistant will assist with daily care of animals in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. Duties to include changing cages, autoclaving food and water in accordance to established procedures, observe animals for abnormalities, perform animal care, room and general facility maintenance, colony maintenance, genotyping, as well as tissue collection, and other experimental procedures, as required.

The incumbent will also assist in performing animal model experiments involving mouse handling and restraint, injections (IV, RO, SC, IP), oral gavage, and blood collection. In addition, the Lab Assistant, together with the Principal Investigator, laboratory personnel, and the veterinarians, is responsible for establishing standard operating procedures to ensure best practices are maintained.


  • Graduation from high school or a General Education Diploma and one year of laboratory experience or two years of college including courses in the natural, physical or social sciences; or an equivalent combination of education and experience; and the knowledge and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position.

  • Demonstrated ability to follow written and verbal protocols, techniques, and instructions. Demonstrated organizational and troubleshooting skills, cooperative, enthusiastic and team-oriented, attention to detail and thoroughness in record keeping, ability to take initiative in maintaining and improving lab operations.

  • Ability to use basic laboratory equipment including centrifuges, spectrophotometers, balances, pH meters, and electrophoresis equipment.

  • Experience making independent decisions, analyzing situations, problem solving, and initiating action for laboratory maintenance. Ability to work independently.

  • Knowledge of biological and chemical safety techniques and practices. Demonstrated ability to follow established Safety and Biohazardous Material Guidelines and implement measures to ensure compliance and maintain associated records.

  • Experience with the operation of a personal computer and software applications, such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access), Photoshop, Acrobat.


  • Experience with mouse handling and husbandry.

  • Theoretical knowledge in biology, microbiology, and molecular biology techniques or a related field, and/or relevant lab experience.

  • Experience with UCSD ordering, EH&S, and facilities policies and business systems.

  • Experience with gnotobiotic mouse models.

  • Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician Certification or motivation to obtain certification.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

  • Must be willing to work with laboratory rodent animals and hazardous materials.

  • Must be willing to work in gnotobiotic isolators/glove boxes.

  • Must be able to work occasional evenings and weekend days as required.

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 Health 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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UC San Diego School of Medicine
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