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#99360 RMAS Research Assistant

Extended Deadline: Thu 6/20/2019

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

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 05/09/19 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 05/20/19. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The UCSD Moores Cancer Center (MCC) is one of only 40 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the United States. This designation is reserved for cancer centers with the highest achievements in cancer research, clinical care, education, and community contributions. Moores Cancer Center strives to stay at the forefront of emerging cancer research in a patient centric environment. Principal Investigators (PIs) in the MCC conduct clinical trials to test new treatments for people affected by cancer. The goal is to find better ways to prevent cancer, treat cancer, and care for cancer patients.

Under supervision, perform standard experiments, make observations, and record experimental data related to research projects. Use basic cellular and molecular biological techniques to perform tissue and sterile cell culture, FICOLL spindowns, PBMC, Serum, and Plasma isolation from human blood, immunologic assays, ELISA. Assist with animal studies including assisting with breeding, injections, tumor models, and maintaining and screening transgenic mouse colony.

Assist with fluorescent imaging, radiation delivery, necropsy, tissue processing, flow cytometry, cell sorting, and histology. Perform basic laboratory activities in the lab including ordering equipment and reagents, and researching journal articles to find appropriate protocols and regulations for experiments. Maintain laboratory environmental health and safety activities, including radioactive waste, chemical waste and biological waste disposal.


  • Theoretical knowledge in molecular biology and biochemistry.

  • Experience with all aspects of tissue culture including freezing, thawing, counting cells and splitting cultures.

  • Demonstrated experience in caring for and handling small lab animals (i.e., mice/rats).

  • Proven skill in the operation and maintenance of various lab equipment such as microscopes, centrifuges, and nanodrop machine.

  • Demonstrated skill in performing FICOLL spindowns, PBMC, Serum, and Plasma isolation from human blood.

  • Experience in the operation and maintenance of fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS) machines such as FACSCalibur, LSR II, BD Aria.

  • Strong experience working with murine tissues; tissue processing, histology analysis, and knowledge in necropsy.

  • Demonstrated experience working in and maintaining a sterile environment.

  • Proven experience reading and using Material Safety Data Sheets. Ability to follow established Safety and Biohazardous Material Guidelines.

  • Proficiency using personal computer and software application, such as Access, MS Word and Excel. Knowledge to work with and learn new software for analysis.

  • Strong communication skills (verbal and written) to interact professionally and effectively in the work environment, effectively and accurately document research procedures. Ability to read, comprehend and discuss research materials.

  • Skill in accurate record keeping and ability to organize, analyze, and calculate data. Knowledge in basic math for maintaining ledgers, income and expenditure reports.

  • Knowledge sufficient to coordinate studies with other departments and the lab. Skill to plan and organize work assignments in an efficient and productive manner.


  • Ability to assist with general lab maintenance, including cleaning and restocking supplies and managing a regular schedule in the lab.
  • Experience with flow cytometry.
  • Ability to assist in the writing of papers for publication, research proposals.
  • Experience administering medications and anesthesia to perform phlebotomy and minor surgical procedures on animals.
  • Experience in euthanizing small laboratory animals. Familiarity with the writing of Animal Subjects protocols and with the surgical procedures. Ability to work with rodents and/or other lab animals and/or infected samples.
  • Knowledge of UCSD Environmental Health and Safety requirements including the ability to write with correct syntax and grammar and to clearly communicate ideas and protocols in writing to EH&S.


Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

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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