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#98619 Laboratory Assistant

Extended Review Date: Mon 5/20/2019

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

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 4/22/19 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 5/2/19. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The Department of Medicine is the largest department within the UCSD School of Medicine and is responsible for fulfilling the teaching, research, and clinical missions of the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.

Under close supervision in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, the Laboratory Assistant will perform basic molecular biological experiments. The Laboratory Assistant will assist with cell isolation, cell culturing, PCR, qPCR, WB and our mouse colony. The Laboratory Assistant will also assist with the maintenance of laboratory equipment, keeping a clean work space, and assisting with the updating of protocols to ensure that the laboratory is clean, safe and compliant with University regulations. In addition, incumbent will assist with occasional transport biological specimens from the operating rooms to the laboratory.


  • Two (2) years of college level coursework in cellular and molecular biology or related science and/or one year basic laboratory experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Demonstrated ability to assist in research techniques in cellular and molecular biology.

  • Skill to plan and organize work assignments in an efficient and productive manner.

  • Demonstrated effective time management skills. Good organizational skills to order and maintain lab equipment and supplies.

  • Enthusiasm for learning and a genuine interest in scientific research. Willingness and ability to learn new skills, research methods, and scientific principles.

  • Willingness to learn new techniques and tasks and share knowledge to inform and teach students and paraprofessionals new techniques.

  • Ability to follow laboratory protocols.

  • Knowledge of the operation and maintenance of various lab equipment such as fluorescence microscopes, centrifuges, spectrophotometers, balances, pH meters, and electrophoresis equipment.

  • Experience with the operation of a personal computer and software application, such as EndNote, MS Word, Excel and Power Point. Knowledge to work with and learn new software for analysis

  • Effective and diplomatic oral and written communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to work with a variety of personnel from different laboratories and instruct in optimal procedures for assays. Strong communication skills (both verbal and written) needed to interact professionally and effectively in the work environment, as well as effectively and accurately document research procedures. Ability to read, comprehend and discuss research materials.

  • Demonstrated ability to assist in the writing of papers for publication, research proposals. Manual dexterity and legible handwriting.

  • Willingness and ability to work with rodents and/or other lab animals and/or infected samples, if required.

  • Demonstrated skill to work with animals, as well as animal and human tissues.


  • Knowledge of the principles and techniques of cellular and molecular biology.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

  • Must be available to work some weekends & evenings to complete experiments.

  • Must be able to work with laboratory animals (mice).

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
Payroll Title:
Medinice/Endo Met
Salary Range
Commensurate with Experience
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TX Contract
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Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri


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