Cancer Research Assistant

University of California, San Diego

United States

June 14, 2021


#109832 Cancer Research Assistant

Filing Deadline: Thu 6/24/2021

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UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment : Apply by 06/14/2021 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants : Apply by 06/24/2021. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The Department of Medicine is responsible for fulfilling the teaching, research, and clinical missions of the University of California, San Diego and employs 486+ full-time salaried faculty members and 100+ academic appointees. Staff personnel include 600+ staff in 9 bargaining units, students, and volunteers. There are 250 clinical faculty practicing at multiple sites and hospitals.

Under supervision, assist with experiments, make observations, and record experimental data related to research projects. Use basic molecular biological techniques to assist in the development of plasmid and viral based gene transfer vectors. Assist with animal studies including assisting with breeding, injections, and maintaining and screening transgenic mouse colony. Assist with in vivo fluorescent and bioluminescent imaging, necropsy, tissue trimming 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. Adhere to laboratory environmental health and safety guidelines, including appropriate radioactive waste, chemical waste and biological waste disposal.

  • Theoretical knowledge in molecular biology and biochemistry.

  • Demonstrated skill in the operation and maintenance of various lab equipment such as confocal and quantitative fluorescent microscopes, centrifuges, and nanodrop.

  • Experience with standard repetitive techniques that may be required in research protocols related to a specific lab. Ability to read, interpret and apply protocols in conducting research. Ability in following step wise experimental protocols. Skill to troubleshoot adaptations of experimental protocols.

  • Experience reading and using Material Safety Data Sheets. Demonstrated ability to follow established Safety and Biohazardous Material Guidelines.

  • Demonstrated experience working in and maintaining a sterile environment.

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

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

  • Manual dexterity and legible handwriting. Ability to assist with general lab maintenance, including cleaning and restocking supplies and managing a regular schedule in the lab.

  • Strong communication skills (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.

  • Enthusiasm for learning new techniques and a genuine interest in scientific research. Willingness and ability to learn new skills, research methods, and scientific principles. Ability to train students on same.

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

  • Knowledge of UCSD Environmental Health and Safety requirements.

  • Theoretical knowledge of normal and malignant hematopoietic stem and progenitor cell biology sufficient to aid in the design and interpretation of experiments on those topics.
  • Experience with all aspects of tissue culture including freezing, thawing, counting cells and splitting cultures. Experience performing live cell analyses by FACS using fluorescent RNA detection probes.
  • Experience in caring for and handling small lab animals (mice) and in administering medications and anesthesia to perform phlebotomy and minor surgical procedures on animals. Willingness and ability to work with rodents and/or other lab animals and/or infected samples.
  • Experience working with human tissues and performing mononuclear cell isolation by Ficoll density centrifugation.
  • Experience in the design, construction, production, purification, and use of viral gene transfer vectors, including adenoviral, lentiviral or retroviral vectors.
  • Demonstrated ability to assist in the writing of papers for publication, research proposals.
  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Must be willing and able to work in BioSafety Level II environment.
  • Must be willing and able to work with small animals and biohazardous 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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    Payroll Title:

    SRA 1


    MEDICINE/Regenerative Medicine

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    Commensurate with Experience



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    RX Contract

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    Work Schedule:

    Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday- Friday

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

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