#101737 Laboratory Assistant

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

This is a 50-100% variable Career appointment for one year. This appointment may be extended based on the needs of the department.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 9/16/19 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 9/26/19. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


In 2007, the Department of NanoEngineering was established as the sixth and newest department in the Jacobs School of Engineering. This young and vibrant new department is in an intensive growth phase, recruiting faculty and staff, planning new space and facilities, and creating new and exciting graduate and undergraduate programs, currently offering B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in NanoEngineering and Chemical Engineering.The NanoEngineering Department has grown rapidly with approximately 28 faculty members and enrollment for fall 2016 of over 700 undergraduate and 140 graduate students.

The Steinmetz Lab in the Department of NanoEngineering focuses on the development of plant virus-based nanotechnologies for applications targeting human health. The laboratory assistant will have the opportunity to get involved in research projects focusing on immunotherapies, drug delivery, and molecular imaging. A central part of this position is the molecular farming of plant virus-based nanoparticles, i.e. the production of plant virus-derived nanoparticles in plants. This individual will also provide support in tissue culture and/or animal studies analyzing the engineered virus-like plant virus nanoparticles in models of cancer and cardiovascular disease. The candidate will receive mentoring to prepare him/her for future careers in academia or industry, including project management and technical skills, as well as effective scientific communication. We value team science, interdisciplinary research and collaboration within our lab, across the university, and with researchers across the world. More information about us can be found at www.steinmetzlab.com.

  • Overtime and weekends may be required.
  • Graduation from high school or a GED and two years of laboratory experience OR two years of college including courses in biochemistry, molecular biology, biophysics, basic genetics OR an equivalent combination of education and experience OR BS in subjects relevant to biomedical sciences (biology, chemistry, engineering disciplines)

  • College level course or equivalent in general laboratory techniques and molecular techniques including the ability to prepare solutions

  • Laboratory experience with basic and general techniques in molecular biology OR chemistry.

  • Experience with the use of standard lab equipment such as centrifuge, microscope, balances, etc.

  • Skill to follow multi step assays and procedures.

  • Ability and organizational skills to keep accurate records of scientific data in well-organized lab notebook.

  • Demonstrated experience with Windows OS or Mac with demonstrated competency using standard business software (e.g. MS Outlook, MS Word, MS Excel), various web applications, and internet search tools. Must possess the willingness and ability to update and increase computer skills and knowledge as needed.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. Good interpersonal communication skills including tact, diplomacy, and flexibility with students, staff, faculty, and visitors of various cultures and backgrounds.

  • Demonstrated English language skills to follow written and oral instructions and recipes, maintain records, and communicate efficiently and effective with customers and colleagues.

  • Willingness and demonstrated ability to embrace and consistently uphold the principles of community for a collaborative work environment

  • Ability to prioritize, follow through on tasks, handle multiple tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines independently; respond to urgent requests with the demonstrated ability to function well in a high volume environment with and interruptions. Strict attention to detail and accuracy and ability to accurately complete all work in a timely manner. Strong demonstrated organization skills.

  • Knowledge of Material Safety Data Sheets, hazard communication and Injury and Illness Prevention Program. Knowledge of laboratory safety precautions including appropriate clothing and shoes, safe handling of chemicals, use of protective items such as gloves and goggles, etc. Knowledge of safety procedures using chemicals and radioactive materials.

  • Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check results.

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