#101756 Lab Assistant 2 (LA 2)

La Jolla, CA
Sep 20, 2019
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 09/23/2019 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 10/02/2019. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


Under close supervision of the PI, the responsible individual will assist with standard and routine laboratory techniques to support postdocs and senior lab members as they research mechanisms controlling muscle remodeling.

Position will assist with molecular-genetic research studies in Drosophila (fruit flies) through animal and tissue manipulations, DNA and protein analyses, and assays of muscle function. Responsible for the maintenance and organization of laboratory stocks and mutant Drosophila. Laboratory management duties to include ordering supplies, organizing, directing the work of undergraduate students and assist with lab safety protocols.

  • Willing to work safely with radioisotopes.
  • Able to be flexible with work hours to include occasional evening or weekend work as required by particular experiments.
  • Graduation from high school or a GED and one (1) year of laboratory experience OR two (2) years of college including courses in cell and molecular biology, developmental genetics and one (1) year of laboratory experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Proficient knowledge of chemistry and biology to follow established lab protocols and lab procedures necessary to prepare solutions of specified composition and pH; knowledge and ability to perform standard molecular biology techniques.

  • Proven ability to hire and direct the work of 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).

  • Demonstrated previous experience handling and analyzing eukaryotic cells and familiarity with basic sterile techniques.

  • Operation of all standard equipment of the contemporary biochemistry/molecular biology laboratory. Ability to assist in the assembly, testing and operation of (complex) laboratory equipment.

  • Demonstrated knowledge/understanding and at least some experience with Safety Data Sheets, hazard communication and Injury and Illness Prevention Program.

  • Familiar with Chemical Hygiene Plan addressing safety precautions including appropriate clothing and shoes, safe handling of chemicals, use of protective items. Ability to keep safety training current and consistent with research involvement.

  • Skill, ability and willingness to learn new laboratory techniques, lab equipment and computer hardware/software rapidly and as needed; skill with use of computer databases for quality control, tracking and data input.

  • Ability to proactively facilitate the appropriate maintenance of all lab supplies and equipment. Maintain steady levels of lab supplies and organized purchasing records.

  • Ability to record scientific data in a well-organized laboratory notebook. Good organizational skills. Ability to keep clear and accurate records.

  • Ability and willingness to read scientific papers as directed in order to stay abreast of developments within the field and relating to current experiments.

  • Basic mathematical skills and knowledge of accounting practices, purchasing and reimbursement procedures.

  • Effective 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.

  • Ability to work independently with supervision in efficient and organized manner and collaboratively within a group/team environment.

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

  • Job offer is contingent upon a satisfactory clearance based on background check results.

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