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#103009 Laboratory and Research Associate

Filing Deadline: Wed 4/8/2020

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 12/17/19 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 12/26/19. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The multi-disciplinary lab within the Department of Pediatrics explores the mechanisms role of RNA biology in regenerative medicine and immune system regulation in cancer and host-pathogen interactions. Projects in the lab use cell culture, animal models, stem cells, human pluripotent cells and several molecular tools to investigate fundamental mechanisms of cancer, AIDS, and immune disorders.

Under supervision, the Research Associate will perform standard cellular lab experiments. Incumbent will also perform experiments using basic tissue culture techniques such as PCR, plasmid purification, iPSC production and characterization, RNAi, CRISPR, cloning, and HT screening and sequencing, under supervision. In addition, the incumbent will independently support duties to include RT-PCR, qPCR, DNA and RNA molecular experiments, western blotting, immunoprecipitation, affinity purification, analyze and report data, prepare complex solutions, reagents and culture media and run cell analyses to ensure quality and control.


  • Theoretical and practical knowledge of life science such as biology, molecular biology, and biochemistry including relevant laboratory techniques acquired through a combination of extensive study and experience.

  • Proven experience in maintaining well-organized lab and thorough records. Basic math skills and ability to handle accounting and billing practices.

  • Demonstrated experience in conducting molecular experiments such as RNA, DNA assays.

  • Demonstrated experience performing standard lab procedures involving the use of stem cells.

  • Skill and knowledge in maintaining cell culture facility.

  • Receiving and processing new samples of different cell lineages using standard repetitive protocols.

  • Superior oral and written communication skills to communicate research results and carry out collaborative projects.

  • Strong computer knowledge: Proficiency with Windows programs and knowledge of library usage with the and ability to learn new hardware/software as required.

  • Ability to work under supervision and independently on projects with a variety of personalities.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Must be willing to work with hazardous materials.
  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be 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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As a federally-funded institution, UC San Diego Health maintains a marijuana and drug free campus. New employees are subject to drug screening.