UC San Diego

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Hiring Salary Range
$24.88 – $27.12 / Hour


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RX Contract

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Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri 8-4:30p, occasional overtime as needed

#118492 Staff Research Associate 1
Filing Deadline: Mon 9/12/2022

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit:
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UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 8/31/22 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.
Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 9/12/22. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

Under the supervision of the Principal Investigator (PI), the employee will assist in research with the goal of understanding how a virus, bacteriophage lambda, evolves. The incumbent will measure phenotypic properties of bacteriophage lambda, such as the rate that it infects host cells and its Darwinian fitness.
The incumbent will also sequence and edit lambda’s genome in order to study its molecular evolution. Research techniques involve gel electrophoresis, plasmid cloning, preparation of microbial cells, preparation of genomic DNA for Illumina sequencing, multiplexed automated genome engineering, and may assist with bioinformatics to analyze genomes. The incumbent will be the primary contact for lab management issues and general lab support, including ordering supplies, maintaining common lab equipment, and ensuring the lab is clean, safe, and in compliance with regulations. Perform other duties as assigned.

Bachelor’s degree in Biology or related field; or an equivalent combination of education and laboratory experience. Theoretical and practical knowledge of biological sciences, including relevant laboratory techniques.
Demonstrated knowledge of PCR, gel electrophoresis, DNA cloning, cell plating, and plasmid preps.
Demonstrated knowledge of scientific terminology related to cell, molecular and/or micro biology.
Knowledge of basic and general techniques in evolutionary biology.
Demonstrated knowledge and skill with sterile techniques for bacterial culture.
Ability to prepare and maintain laboratory records, files, and notebooks. Ability to follow written and/or oral protocols.
Excellent (English) verbal, written, and electronic communication skills that facilitate professional, effective, and courteous interactions with diverse personalities. Skill to work as part of a research team.
Experience with and understanding of basic laboratory equipment (centrifuges, light microscopes, balances, pH meter, incubators, spectrophotometers, and electrophoresis apparatus)
Skill and knowledge to maintain stocks of essential supplies and reagents, to purchase lab supplies, and to ensure lab equipment is running efficiently.
Experience with Media preparation (growth broths such as LB and MSgg, various antibodies, etc.)
Knowledge and skill to perform basic microscopy techniques.
Knowledge/understanding and experience with Safety Data Sheets, hazard communication and Injury and Illness Prevention Program. Familiarity with a Chemical Hygiene Plan addressing safety precautions including appropriate clothing and shoes, safe handling of chemicals, use of protective items. Willingness and ability to keep safety training current and consistent with research involvement.
Familiarity with Apple and PC computers and ability to work independently with a variety of computer applications such as Microsoft Office, with willingness and ability to update and increase skills and knowledge as needed. Skill to set up and maintain computerized databases of plasmid and cell line inventories.
Enthusiasm for learning and a genuine interest in scientific research. Willingness and ability to learn new skills, research methods, and scientific principles.
Willingness and demonstrated ability to embrace and consistently uphold the principles of community for a collaborative work environment.
Ability to learn new experimental methods as required. Ability to work independently or collaboratively on a research project.
Basic mathematical computation skills required to maintain accurate data and to prepare reagent solutions.


Willing and able to work safely with lab chemicals, and viruses.
Must be willing to work overtime during the evening or weekend when necessary for experiments.
Background check required.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).
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