Staff Research Associate

University of California, San Diego

United States

June 23, 2021


#109869 Staff Research Associate

Filing Deadline: Wed 6/23/2021

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Under the direction of the Principal Investigator (PI), the Staff Research Associate will assist in research that is focused on studying the mechanisms that control entry into mitosis and progression through mitosis in a manner that ensures accurate genome inheritance.

The incumbent will use standard experimental procedures to engineer and image human cultured cells and nematode (C. elegans) embryos and will be tasked with culturing diverse human cell lines, labeling cells lines with fluorescent markers, imaging cell lines following different treatments and quantifying mitotic entry by analysis of single-cell time lapse movie data.

The incumbent will additionally perform basic C. elegans procedures, including strain passaging, dissection, injection, and imaging - and assist other lab members conducting C. elegans projects. The incumbent will perform lab management duties including ordering supplies, maintaining clear and accurate records, providing work direction to students, and coordinating lab safety compliance, equipment maintenance, etc. Perform other duties as assigned.

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

  • Ability to work with mammalian cell lines and C. elegans as research model systems, including experience passaging, genotyping, generating transgenic strains/lines

  • Knowledge of live imaging of mammalian cells - plating, setting up multi- well imaging, with familiarity in conducting inhibitor treatments and analyzing imaging data.

  • Experience in standard molecular biology techniques, including molecular cloning, RNA synthesis, immunoblotting, immunofluorescence and microinjection.

  • Knowledge of fluorescence microscopy methods, including spinning disk confocal microscopy

  • Experience with general laboratory equipment including spectrophotometers, centrifuges, balances, autoclaves, and pH meters.

  • Ability to provide work direction to student workers. Skill to train others in basic lab support techniques and procedures (preparing media and solutions, dishwashing, equipment usage, etc.).

  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills. Ability in using tact, diplomacy, discretion, and flexibility with diverse personalities and situations. Demonstrated ability to work as part of a research team and interact effectively with collaborating labs and others in scientific community.

  • Strong organizational and administrative skills. Proven skill to set up and maintain computerized and hard copy record keeping systems, and keep clear and accurate records.

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

  • Thorough knowledge of purchasing and reimbursement procedures. Demonstrated ability to maintain purchasing records and monitor lab expenditures.

  • Experience in working with computers (Mac and PC) and software using graphics, word processing, spreadsheet, and internet programs with a willingness and ability to update and increase skills and knowledge as needed.

  • Experience and knowledge of proper handling, storage, and disposal of chemicals, biochemicals, hazardous chemicals, and biohazardous materials including radioactive materials.

  • Knowledge, understanding, and some experience with Safety Data Sheets, hazard communication and Injury and Illness Prevent Program. Familiarity with a Chemical Hygiene Plan addressing safety precautions including appropriate clothing and shoes, safe handling of chemicals, use of protective items, with the ability to train others. Willingness and ability to keep safety training current and consistent with research involvement.

  • Must be willing to work occasional overtime (evening or weekend) as required by particular experiments.
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    Payroll Title:

    SRA 1



    Hiring Salary Range

    $23.34 - $25.44 /hour



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    RX Contract

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    Work Schedule:

    8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri