#101710 Lab Assistant

La Jolla, CA
Sep 13, 2019
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 09/16/19 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 09/26/19. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

UC San Diego career employees who have passed their trial period will have priority consideration for this position. Recruiters will begin to refer qualified internal applicants after the first 7 days of the job posting. Qualified external applicants may be referred to the hiring department, if a qualified pool of internal candidates is not identified and upon the request of the hiring manager.


The Department of Psychology (http://psy.ucsd.edu/) consistently ranks among the top experimental psychology programs in the country. There are approximately 30 ladder-rank faculty, 20 research faculty, 35 staff and 66 graduate students in the department.

Under supervision, the Lab Assistant will be involved in research in the lab that is aimed at understanding the neural basis of natural behavior. Work in the lab combines studies of animal behavior with techniques for recording neural responses in cortex.

This position is for a person who will both be involved in conducting behavioral research and managing many of the logistical aspects of the laboratory. The responsibilities of this position include overseeing the daily health and well being of the animal colony, conducting behavioral experiments, training undergraduate students, surgical assistance and managing lab supplies.

Those with experience and interest in animal behavior are well suited for this position. But the nature of the work requires that the employee also be comfortable with wet lab techniques.

  • Minimum two (2) years of experience working in an animal laboratory.

  • Experience interacting effectively with co-workers as well as subjects.

  • Demonstrated experience with scheduling and Record keeping.

  • Demonstrated experience programming in Matlab.

  • Two (2) years of College-level coursework in psychology, or in a related area.

  • Proven experience maintaining and generating a filing and record system.

  • Superb interpersonal skills including appropriate interview techniques, diplomacy and confidentiality.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to communicate clearly and effectively.

  • Strong organizational, scheduling, and record keeping skills.

  • A background check is required.

This position falls under CANRA requirements: duties require direct contact with individuals under the age of 18.

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