#109832 Cancer Research Assistant
Filing Deadline: Thu 6/24/2021
UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment : Apply by 06/14/2021 for consideration
with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their
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
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
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
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
Demonstrated ability to assist in the writing of papers for publication,
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
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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Commensurate with Experience
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.