Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
This position will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified.
UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 04/07/21 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.
Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 04/16/21. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.
This position will be hired at the Lab Assistant 1 or Lab Assistant 2 level depending on the experience of the selected candidate.
The UCSD Department of Pathology is searching for an enthusiastic lab assistant for a lab studying molecular mechanisms of Parkinson's disease. This individual will spend the majority of their time conducting experiments and learning new techniques to advance their career in academic research. After a period of training, this individual will be encouraged to work on an independent research project under the direct mentoring of the PI. Techniques include mammalian and bacterial cell culture, CRISPR genome editing, fluorescence microscopy, and molecular biology and protein biochemistry including PCR, immunoblots and flow cytometry. The lab assistant will spend a minority of their time performing routine lab tasks including ordering supplies and assisting with general lab organization.
Graduation from high school or a GED and one (1) year of laboratory experience or two (2) years of college including courses in the natural, physical or social sciences; or an equivalent combination of education and experience; and knowledge and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position.
Willingness to learn new laboratory techniques under supervision, including CRISPR and fluorescence microscopy.
Ability to assist with basic aseptic and tissue culture techniques.
Ability to use basic laboratory equipment including centrifuges, spectrophotometers, balances, pH meters, and electrophoresis equipment.
Theoretical knowledge of molecular biology techniques.
Willingness to become familiar with proper handling of chemical and biohazard materials.
Ability to read, comprehend, discuss, and present research materials.
Ability to follow written and verbal protocols, techniques, and instructions and to keep organized and accurate records and notebooks.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills over a wide range of situations and individuals needed to interact professionally and effectively in the work environment in person, on the phone, and in writing to a diverse population.
Organizational skills to order and maintain lab reagents and supplies, and keep accurate lab records and computer files.
Experience with the operation of a personal computer and software applications, such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
Bachelor's degree in a related field.
Track record of publication or strong desire to publish scientific articles.
Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
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