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University of California - San Diego #107202 Research Associate in San Diego, California

#107202 Research Associate

Filing Deadline: Wed 1/27/2021

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UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 01/19/21 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 01/27/21. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The UCSD Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (CMM) is one of two basic science units in the School of Medicine where world­class researchers study fundamental cellular processes and pathways using a variety of techniques from classical genetics and fluorescence microscopy to high­throughput genomics, systems biology, and crystallography. Our 36 faculty and over 200 postdoctoral scholars, graduate students, and research staff work on the cutting edge of biology, cutting across fields from basic biochemistry and genetics to genomics, systems biology and stem cell biology. The faculty also play a major role in medical and graduate student training, providing educational and programmatic offerings that span several disciplines and provide diversity to meet the interests of a broad spectrum of students and scholars. We constantly seek to recruit highly motivated, technologically ­advanced, and deeply interested individuals who are ready to become a part of our dynamic research and educational environment.

Under close supervision, the incumbent provides support to post-doctoral researchers and graduate students on projects investigating cellular transport. The incumbent will assist in performing duties including molecular biology and cell biology experiments, ordering reagents, troubleshooting maintenance issues, and maintaining common lab supplies. The SRA assists in performing other related duties as required.


  • Theoretical and practical knowledge of biochemistry, molecular biology, and genetics, including relevant laboratory techniques, acquired through college coursework in Biology, Chemistry; or a related field or an equivalent combination of education and laboratory experience.

  • Demonstrated ability to perform plasmid design and manipulation using PCR and modern molecular cloning methods.

  • Capable of passaging cell lines in tissue culture using sterile techniques.

  • Thorough knowledge to prepare cell-culture samples for Mass Spectrometry and analyze mass spectrometry data.

  • Knowledge of how to make stable cell lines using a number of different methods including the commercial FRT system as well as new gene editing methods, like CRISPR.

  • Experience in general laboratory equipment including spectrophotometers, centrifuges, balances, autoclaves, and pH meters. Ability to follow and troubleshoot established lab protocols and procedures.

  • Ability to proactively maintain an organized lab and stocks of essential supplies and media, purchase new equipment, and ensure lab equipment is operating effectively.

  • Proficient experience in working with computers word processing, spreadsheet, and internet programs.

  • Knowledge of proper handling, storage, and disposal of chemicals, biochemicals, hazardous chemicals, and biohazardous materials including radioactive materials. Knowledge of Material Safety Data Sheets.

  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills. Ability in using tact, diplomacy, discretion, and flexibility with diverse personalities and situations.

  • Ability to work as part of a research team and interact effectively with collaborating labs and others in scientific community, maintaining good working relationships with all members of the research groups.


Bachelor’s Degree.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.

  • Must be willing to work with hazardous materials.

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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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Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday - Friday

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