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#101065 Laboratory Assistant II

Filing Deadline: Wed 8/21/2019

Please note that this is a 50% - 100% career position with medical and retirement benefits.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 08/12/2019 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 08/21/2019. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The Laboratory Assistant II will assist in daily set up of laboratories for undergraduate and some graduate laboratory courses with adequate amounts and types of supplies and equipment. Duties will include: setting up lab space, materials and equipment before labs; cleaning and organizing labs after classes; washing and sterilizing glassware and other re-usable tools; preparing complex reagents and solutions; cleaning and maintaining equipment; and working with marine animals, algae, bacteria and other organisms as needed.

Additional duties will include: proper disposal of animal carcasses, chemicals and biohazardous wastes; moving specimens and equipment between different facilities on the SIO campus; and assisting with quarterly and yearly inventory, ordering and purchasing, equipment repairs, protocol record system, and recipe cards.

  • Must be flexible and available to work variable hours 50% - 100% of the time based on department needs.
  • Must be able to work early mornings, evenings and weekends, depending on the quarter's schedule of classes. Work schedule may change within the quarter (with an adequate notice) and from quarter to quarter.


  • Two (2) years of college including courses in biology, chemistry or biochemistry and one year of laboratory experience; OR four (4) years college major in Marine Biology or Biology and six (6) months of laboratory experience; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Experience working with marine animals in the field and in the lab. Skill and knowledge to apply principles of cleaning and feeding marine animals in water tanks. Sensitivity to needs of caged laboratory animals. Skill to care for marine animals in accordance with university regulations.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of working with bacteria and algae stocks, using microbiological sterile techniques (e.g. transferring stocks, inoculating, streaking).

  • Demonstrated experience to accurately prepare complex solutions, growth media, plates etc., using aseptic techniques.

  • Knowledge, skill and ability to operate standard lab equipment including micropipettes, balances, centrifuges, pH meters, autoclaves, various microscopes, etc., with the ability to troubleshoot problems and perform minor repairs.

  • Proven ability to operate, clean, set up and maintain lab equipment related to marine biology teaching labs such as: HACH multiparameter probe, hand-held fluorometer, thermocyclers, electrophoresis apparatus, aquarium water pumps and air-pumps, refractometer, etc.

  • Experience to set up labs for classes according to course specific instructions, and to scrub, wipe and clean laboratory benches, counters, sinks, floor and equipment using various cleaning agents and equipment. Ability to perform complex and routine daily lab administration tasks.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and proficiency in working with and properly handling hazardous chemicals, including carcinogens, acids, toxins, and mutagens.

  • Knowledge of laboratory safety precautions, including appropriate clothing and shoes, safe handling of chemicals, and use of protective gear such as gloves and goggles. Familiarity with Material Safety Data Sheets.

  • Knowledge of university hazardous waste (including animal carcasses and pathogenic bacteria) and biohazardous waste disposal regulations and associated safety techniques and requirements. Ability to maintain and upgrade training and certificates as required.

  • Basic math skills (by hand or calculator) to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and percentage calculations. Must be able to calculate molarities, and percentages.

  • Proficiency with computers (Mac or Windows) and standard business software (e.g., email, web browser, word processing and spreadsheet), web applications, and all computer hardware. Ability to update and increase skills as required.

  • Skill and ability to maintain a variety of written and/or computer records for activities including, but not limited to, supply inventories, animal care and safety records, etc.

  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills. Skill to understand and carry out written and verbal instructions and interact with clients, students and colleagues with diverse personalities and educational levels, using diplomacy, flexibility, and tact.

  • Proven ability to work in a fast paced environment with changing priorities. Ability to work independently or as part of team, with ability to receive and follow instruction from multiple work directors.


  • Job offer is contingent upon a satisfactory clearance based on background check results.

  • Must be willing and able to work with a variety of animals subjects including fishes, sea urchins, crabs and various marine invertebrates.

  • Must be willing and ability to work with and dispose of animal carcasses, chemicals and biohazardous wastes, including maintaining all required safety certifications.

  • Ability to transfer supplies and equipment between labs by hand or cart, and to move small items between SIO and main campus using the UCSD shuttle.

  • Must be able to lift and move up to 50 lbs.

The University of California 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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Payroll Title:
Hiring Salary Range
$37,062 - $38,398 /year
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
50-100 %
TX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 4-8 hrs (variable), Mon-Fri