Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
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Depending on the experience of the selected candidate, this position will be hired at the Research Associate I or Research Associate II level.
The Department of Ophthalmology is comprised of 30 faculty physicians and scientists, 10 resident physicians, and 13(include clinical and research) post-doctoral physicians and scientists and over 150 staff with 6 divisions – Glaucoma, Retina, Cornea & Refractive Surgery, Pediatrics, Ocularplastics, and Neuro-ophthalmology. Clinical services are provided at the Shiley Eye Center, Ratner Eye Center, UCSD Health Sciences (UCSDHS) Hillcrest ambulatory center and the Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital.
The Department of Ophthalmology has the largest single outpatient clinic at the University of California, San Diego with over 110,000 visits annually. Additionally, over 5400 surgical cases are performed.
Under supervision, the incumbent performs ocular tissue histological processing and staining, including paraffin and cryo-sections. The staining includes routine HE and sometimes immunohistochemistry. Also performs histology lab organization, cleaning, supply ordering, and experimental data filing including record keeping, data retrieving, and data reporting. Occasionally assists with experimental animal handling including anesthesia, health monitoring, and euthanasia. Performs basic various biological, physiological, biochemical, and histological experimental solution preparation.
This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. It is understood that all Shiley Eye Center staff will also perform other reasonably related duties if requested by his or her supervisor or other leadership personnel. It is customary for staff to assist and support their colleagues during times of peak workload, as appropriate and as approved by supervisors.
Theoretical knowledge in life science such as histology and in biochemistry; and/or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Familiarity with histology processing including preparation of praffin sections, cryo sections, and Epon semi-thin sections.
Demonstrated experience processing tissues and cells, cut sections, and performing histological staining procedures.
Ability to operate: Osmolarity meter, microscopes, balances, pH meter, centrifuge, computer/calculator, polygraph, gas tanks, microplate reader, electrophoresis machine, and similar lab equipment.
Proven knowledge and ability to perform good sterile techniques in specimen collection requirements for different tests, processing, and storage of different types of specimens.
Demonstrated knowledge of equipment used in tissue processing and antigen retrieving.
Proven experience in data collection and reduction. Knowledge of good note-keeping procedures. Strong attention to detail.
Knowledge of laboratory safety policies and procedures including chemical and radiation safety. Familiarity with ordering supplies.
Strong interpersonal skills to work well with co-workers, students, and international fellows. Sufficient English speaking and writing.
Ability to handle live laboratory rabbits and rodents or guinea pigs.
Skilled in the administration of medications or fixation through cardiovascular or eye globe. Skilled in the humane methods of euthanasia in laboratory animals.
Knowledge of UCSD Environmental Health and Safety requirements.
Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
Must be willing to handle and euthanize small experimental animals such as rodent, rabbit, guinea pig. Willing to work with histology processing solvents.
Must be available to work variable hours if needed, occasionally.
Maintain professionalism in dress, conversation, attitude, behavior, and attentiveness to people at all times.
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