#99508 Lab Manager & Senior Research Associate

La Jolla, CA
May 22, 2019
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

This is a UC San Diego internal recruitment open to UCSD and UCSD Health System staff only.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 05/24/19 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 05/28/19. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The UCSD Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (CMM) is one of two basic science units in the School of Medicine where world-class researchers study fundamental cellular processes and pathways using a variety of techniques from classical genetics and fluorescence microscopy to high-throughput genomics, systems biology, and crystallography.

Our 36 faculty and over 200 postdoctoral scholars, graduate students, and research staff work on the cutting edge of biology, cutting across fields from basic biochemistry and genetics to genomics, systems biology and stem cell biology. The faculty also play a major role in medical and graduate student training, providing educational and programmatic offerings that span several disciplines and provide diversity to meet the interests of a broad spectrum of students and scholars.

Under general supervision, the lab manager will oversee lab operations of a molecular cell biology laboratory, will be responsible for laboratory management and will carry out biological research experiments. Lab Management duties include management of outgoing orders, inspect and maintain laboratory equipment, work with outside vendors, orient new employees to laboratory practices including purchasing, act as Safety and Chemical Hygiene Officer, maintain laboratory databases and supervise students/technicians.

The incumbent will play multiple roles in assay development, automation, Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), NGS data analysis. The incumbent will also participate in authoring and preparing manuscripts for publication of data.

  • Advanced theoretical knowledge of biology, cell biology, or molecular biology like that typically attained by a Bachelor's Degree. Related fields may include biochemistry.

  • Proven experience, skill and knowledge of research design and methodology to achieve experimental goals.

  • Demonstrated experience in sterile procedures and cell culture techniques

  • Strong hands-on skills with basic molecular biology techniques and NGS library preparation

  • Proven experience with operating NGS sequencers and evaluating sequencing qualities.

  • Advanced skill for NGS data analysis.

  • Demonstrated skill and experience in developing new assay, especially NGS libraries.

  • Demonstrated skill and experience in programming and operating liquid handling instruments.

  • Proven ability to operate and maintain of various lab equipment such as centrifuges, spectrophotometers, and scintillation counters.

  • Extensive knowledge of statistical analysis methods and models, mathematical and computational algorithm, such as machine learning algorithms.

  • Knowledge of radiation safety and biosafety techniques and practices. Experience working with chemical, radioisotope, and biological hazards and recognizing safety problems.

  • Strong communication skills (verbal and written) to interact professionally and effectively in the work environment, and effectively and accurately document research procedures. Ability to read, comprehend and discuss research materials.

  • Knowledge to read and use Material Safety Data Sheets.
  • Experienced in working and maintaining a sterile environment.
  • Knowledge of UCSD Environmental Health and Safety requirements and ability to write with correct syntax and grammar and to clearly communicate ideas and protocols in writing to EH&S.
  • Knowledge of and ability to use UCSD purchasing software and procedures including on line applications.
  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Must be willing to work with biohazardous, toxic materials, and mice.
  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.

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