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#99031 Staff Research Associate

Extended Deadline: Mon 5/20/2019

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 04/19/19 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 05/01/19. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The Department of Medicine is responsible for fulfilling the teaching, research, and clinical missions of the University of California, San Diego and employs 500+ full-time salaried faculty members and 150+ academic appointees. Staff personnel include 800+ staff in 9 bargaining units, students, and volunteers.

There are over 250 clinical faculties practicing at multiple sites and hospitals. Professional fee billings for the department exceed $50 million with collections of over $19 million per year. The total annual budget is approximately $200 million, which includes contract and grant revenues, clinical practice and medical center funds, and other state and private endowment funds.

Under general supervision, the Research Associate will be responsible for undertaking research projects to study protein tyrosine phosphatases and their roles in human diseases. The Research Associate will work with an Assistant Professor to make significant independent contributions to research and experiments regarding the roles of protein tyrosine phosphatases in autoimmune, cardiovascular or metabolic disease or cancer.

Duties will include designing experiments, independently performing experiments, analyzing data, presenting data in meetings, coordinating studies with collaborators, preparing data for presentations, grants or manuscripts, laboratory management duties, and overseeing maintenance of the mouse colony. Training in all techniques and data analysis needed for the project will be provided. The Research Associate will also participate in the hiring, training and supervision of students.


  • Strong theoretical and practical knowledge of biochemistry, molecular biology, immunology or genetics, including relevant laboratory techniques, acquired through a B.S. in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry or related field; or an equivalent combination of education and laboratory experience.

  • Advanced knowledge of scientific terminology relating to topics of biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, or animal physiology.

  • Proven experience with molecular biology techniques such as plasmid preparation, PCR, RNA extraction and qPCR.

  • Demonstrated experience in sterile technique for the propagation of prokaryotic and mammalian cells.

  • Ability to develop, follow and troubleshoot established lab protocols and lab procedures. Ability to independently participate in the execution of work-related tasks.

  • Exceptional ability to perform project management including: planning, organizing, leading and controlling aspects for successful project completion.

  • Strong computer proficiency in Windows,Mac OS, MS Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and variety of web-based programs. Advanced experience in analysis and management of data. Experience conducting scientific literature searches, including online databases and other resources.

  • Ability to hire, train and manage laboratory students. Skill to train others in various lab techniques and procedures (safety precautions, preparation of media, dish washing, equipment usage, laboratory maintenance, etc.).

  • Solid organizational skills. Ability to keep clear and accurate records, organize a varied workload,follow written and oral protocols and give oral presentations on the progress of research in lab meetings. Ability to prioritize and schedule experiments and duties to maximize efficiency.

  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills to interact well with others to facilitate communication about lab requirements including ability to discuss and understand day-to-day laboratory affairs, research plans, results and ideas with other supervisor and coworkers in a constructive, professional and pleasant manner.

  • Experience and knowledge of proper handling, storage and disposal of chemicals, biochemicals, hazardous chemicals, and biohazardous materials including radioactive materials.

  • Familiarity with 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.

  • Willingness and ability to embrace and consistently uphold the principles of community for a collaborative work environment. Ability to maintain confidentiality in matters related to work.


  • Independent experimental experience working with mice as research model system, including experience genotyping, maintaining mouse lines, and performing surgery and dissection.
  • Advanced skill and knowledge in operation, troubleshooting and repair of standard and specialized lab equipment.
  • Experience with immunofluorescence or immunohistochemistry.
  • Experience with in vitro enzymatic assays.
  • Knowledge of laws and regulations that govern the housing and management of laboratory animals as applied to the University of California. Sensitivity to the needs of caged laboratory animals in compliance with AAALAC standards.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Must be willing to work with mice and be comfortable with the use of mice as experimental animals.
  • Must be able to work safely with lab chemicals and biohazardous chemicals.
  • Flexible work schedule required. Ability to work occasional evenings and/weekends as required by the needs to the research project(s).

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
Payroll Title:
MEDICINE/Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology
Salary Range
Commensurate with Experience
La Jolla
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
RX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Variable, 8-12, Mon-Fri, plus partial day Sat or Sun


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