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#108075 Staff Research Associate I/II

Initial Review Date: Fri 5/14/2021

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 02/26/21 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 03/09/21. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

Depending on the experience of the selected candidate, this position will be hired at the Staff Research Associate I or Staff Research Associate II level.


Incumbent works in the Department of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine. The project focuses on novel approaches to treating antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections by stimulating immune cell function.

Works in close cooperation with junior faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students, and in collaboration with biotechnology companies. Under supervision, the position has a primary function in the evaluation of novel anti-infective therapies that function to boost the innate immune activities of white blood cells. The position involves assisting in and performing experiments including human tissue culture and mouse models of bacterial infection and anti-infective therapy. Molecular genetics, microbiologic, cell biologic and immunological analyses are brought to bear on the project. The position also contributes to certain laboratory management duties that include overseeing ordering, inventory, creation and management of microbial strain and plasmid databases, equipment upkeep, and help in overseeing undergraduate student laboratory assistants.


  • Theoretical knowledge of biochemistry and/or microbiology.

  • Thorough knowledge of or experience in the preparation of scientific reagents.

  • Knowledge of or experience with laboratory equipment, including centrifuges, bioguard hood, microscope, pipeters, autoclave, balances, incubator.

  • General laboratory skills and safety training.

  • Ability to evaluate and communicate scientific data.

  • Strong ability to maintain data accurately and mathematical computation skills.

  • General computer skills including word processing and graphics applications.

  • Thorough knowledge of sterile technique for bacterial and cell culture.

  • Thorough knowledge of principles underlying DNA, RNA, and protein analysis, PCR, and ELISA.

  • Ability to assist in preparation of detailed and accurate scientific reports.


  • Experience with mouse handling and experimentation.
  • Experience with tissue culture.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.
  • Must be willing to work with hazardous materials.
  • Must be willing to work with rodents.

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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