Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
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This Lab Assistant will work in a laboratory investigating the role of the microbiota in modulating immune responses during health and disease. Utilizing the combination of genetically engineered mice maintained under germ-free or defined microbial communities, our lab is able to explore the multifactorial contributions to disease pathogenesis. Under supervision, the applicant is responsible for performing the routine and specialized duties related to the husbandry of the experimental animals, including the lab's independent gnotobiotic facility.
The Lab Assistant is responsible for the daily care of animals in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. Duties include changing cages, autoclaving food and water in accordance to established procedures, observe animals for abnormalities, perform animal care, room and general facility maintenance, colony maintenance, genotyping, and tissue collection etc. as required. The Lab Assistant will also assist in performing animal model experiments involving mouse handling and restraint, injections (IV, SQ, IP), oral gavage, and blood collection.
Graduation from high school or a GED and two (2) years of laboratory experience or two (2) years of college including courses in the natural, physical or social sciences and one (1) year of laboratory experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience; and knowledge and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position.
Theoretical knowledge in biology, microbiology, and molecular biology techniques or a related field, and/or relevant lab experience.
Demonstrated experience and knowledge with mouse handling and husbandry.
Ability to use basic laboratory equipment including centrifuges, spectrophotometers, balances, pH meters, and electrophoresis equipment.
Knowledge of biological and chemical safety techniques and practices. Ability to follow established Safety and Biohazardous Material Guidelines and implement measures to ensure compliance and maintain associated records.
Proficient knowledge and experience with the operation of a personal computer and software applications, such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access), Photoshop, Acrobat.
Demonstrated experience making independent decisions, analyzing situations, problem solving, and initiating action for laboratory maintenance. Ability to work independently.
Ability to follow written and verbal protocols, techniques, and instructions. Organizational and troubleshooting skills, cooperative, enthusiastic and team-oriented, attention to detail and thoroughness in record keeping.
Experience with gnotobiotic mouse models.
Experience with UCSD ordering, EH&S, and facilities policies and business systems.
Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
Must be willing to work with laboratory animals.
Must be willing to work in gnotobiotic isolators/glove boxes.
Must be willing to work with hazardous materials.
Must be able to work occasional evenings and weekend days, as required.
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