Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
This position is a limited position with the possibility of extension/career conversion.
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The Department of Medicine is responsible for fulfilling the teaching, research, and clinical missions of the University of California, San Diego and employs 500+ full-time salaried faculty members and 150+ academic appointees. Staff personnel include 800+ staff in 9 bargaining units, students, and volunteers. There are over 250 clinical faculties practicing at multiple sites and hospitals. Professional fee billings for the department exceed $50 million with collections of over $19 million per year. The total annual budget is approximately $170 million, which includes contract and grant revenues, clinical practice and medical center funds, and other state and private endowment funds.
Under supervision, the incumbent will assist with research projects to study protein tyrosine phosphatases. Duties include working with laboratory animals and maintaining a mouse colony, assessing fibrosis models development in mice, performing cellular and molecular biology assays to study phosphatases, and assessing phosphatase activity in vitro. Other lab duties include overseeing lab supply orders, overseeing preparation of standard solutions, and maintaining a safe and clean work environment.
Theoretical and practical knowledge of biochemistry, molecular biology, cellular biology and genetics, including relevant laboratory techniques, acquired through a Bachelor's or Master's degree in Biology or other physical sciences.
Demonstrated practical experience in a laboratory and research environment.
Demonstrated practical experience with eukaryotic cell culture.
Thorough knowledge of and ability to perform standard molecular biology techniques.
Proven experience with and understanding of laboratory equipment, such as light microscopes, scales, pH meter.
Sensitivity to the needs and humane treatment of caged laboratory animals in compliance with AAALAC standards.
Knowledge to maintain an organized lab and stocks of essential supplies and reagents, purchase lab supplies and equipment, oversee equipment repairs, and ensure lab equipment is running efficiently and maintained properly.
Successful, positive interpersonal oral and written communication skills using tact, diplomacy, discretion, and flexibility with diverse personalities and situations. Skill to interact effectively with faculty, academics, students, and staff including those of diverse ethnicity, culture, and foreign nationals.
Strong organizational skills, including ability to keep clear and accurate records and follow written and oral lab protocols. Must be flexible and able to function in a fast-paced and changing work environment.
Proven ability to learn new experimental methods, and work independently or collaboratively with other lab members, with accuracy and attention to detail. Ability to maintain confidentiality in matters related to work.
Ability to train and provide work direction to undergraduate student lab employees. Skill to train others in various lab techniques and procedures (safety precautions, preparation of media, dishwashing, equipment usage, laboratory maintenance, etc).
Proficient experience and skill with MAC or PC programs, filemaking, spreadsheet, and graphics software; willingness and ability to update and increase computer skills and knowledge as needed.
Knowledge of Material Safety Data Sheets, hazard communication, and Injury and Illness Prevention Program; safety precautions including appropriate clothing and shoes, safe handling of chemicals, and use of protective items such as gloves and goggles. Ability to keep safety training current and consistent with research involvement.
Practical experience in a signal transduction laboratory.
Experience with animal colony maintenance and experiments.
Employment is subject to a criminal background.
Must be able to work with mice as experimental animals.
Must be able to work safely with lab chemicals and biohazardous chemicals.
Must be able to work overtime during the evening or weekend when necessary for experiments.
UC San Diego is an academic powerhouse and economic engine, recognized as one of the top 8 public universities by U.S. News and World Report. Innovation is central to who we are and what we do. Here, students learn that knowledge isn't just acquired in the classroom - life is their laboratory. UC San Diego's rich academic portfolio includes six undergraduate colleges, five academic divisions and five graduate and professional schools. The university's award-winning scholars are experts at the forefront of their fields with an impressive track record for achieving scientific, medical and technological breakthroughs.