Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
This is a UC San Diego internal recruitment open to UCSD staff only.
UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 10/02/19 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.
Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 10/14/19. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.
Under supervision and independently, the Molecular Neuroscience Researcher will provide expert technical research support in a neurosciences research laboratory studying the role of epigenetic alterations in neurodegenerative diseases.
Responsibilities include the isolation and quantification of genomic DNA from human and animal samples; run PCR and qPCR assays; western blot analysis and protein isolation, including histones and nuclear fractionation. Rodent handling, breeding and colony management, injection, drug dosage, minimally invasive surgeries and behavioral testing.
Tissue procedures including fixation, sectioning, immunohistochemical staining and microscopic analysis. Maintain detailed records and follow UCSD EHS safety standards. Contribute to lab management, ordering and safety. Will participate in training of students rotating in the lab.
Theoretical knowledge in neurosciences or related field, as typically attained by a Bachelor's Degree; and/or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Proven experience with DNA isolation from animal cells and tissues, and experience with running and troubleshooting PCR and qPCR assays.
Experience performing preparing staining solutions, performance of immunohistochemistry labeling and neuropathological analysis and preparation of buffers.
Demonstrated experience with sectioning of biological tissue on microtome, cryostat, or vibratome.
Experience with animal handling and experience in rodent surgery and colony management preferably with mouse models of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.
Knowledge of lab safety requirements and procedures including EH&S regulations and methods for handling, clean-up, and waste disposal for biohazardous materials.
Demonstrated familiarity with ordering process and basic lab administration.
Proficient computer skills and experience with word processing, spreadsheets, and graphics software.
Excellent verbal, written, and electronic communication skills that facilitate professional, effective, and courteous interaction with a diverse population.
Strong interpersonal skills including tact, diplomacy and flexibility. Ability to work in a team framework in conjunction with principles of community with staff, faculty and students.
Excellent organizational skills.
Experience with lab equipment including light, fluorescent, and confocal microscopy and ability to train other lab personnel on their use.
Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
Must be willing and able to work with mice in a research related environment.
Must be able to work on occasional weekends and holidays.
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