#101791 Lab Assistant

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 supervision, perform standard repetitive laboratory procedures, assisting the Principal Investigator and researchers of Hamdoun Lab. The incumbent is responsible for laboratory maintenance and research support duties including animal husbandry, organization of lab space, cleaning of glassware, and service of equipment. This will involve following and maintaining of online and physical records, including lab notebooks, webpages and online communication between lab members.

The candidate will assist in taking inventory of supplies, and following and in maintaining lab safety protocols. The candidate will assist with maintenance of the lab’s sea urchin colony, including generation and culture of transgenic juvenile sea urchins. In addition, the incumbent may aid researchers with routine and standard experimental procedures involving embryology, cell culture and/or molecular biology.

  • Able to work a flexible schedule.
  • Graduation from high school or a GED and two (2) years of laboratory experience or two (2) years of college including courses in the natural, physical or social sciences and one (1) year of laboratory experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Demonstrated experience in animal husbandry.

  • Knowledge and experience with basic laboratory equipment such as centrifuges, micro-pipettes, biosafety cabinets, incubators, autoclaves, balances, pH meters, and microscopes.

  • Knowledge and experience in general lab protocols. Knowledge of basic laboratory safety requirements and procedures, and ability to maintain up-to-date safety training certification.

  • Experience in basic lab techniques such as PCR, western blot, making buffers, checking pH solutions, and molecular cloning.

  • Proven knowledge of biochemistry, molecular biology, and genetics; including relevant laboratory techniques. Experience in data collection.

  • Demonstrated experience in working with and in the preparation of scientific reagents including common buffers and stock solutions.

  • Demonstrated experience in making algal media and maintaining algal cultures.

  • Experience using personal computer, as well as experience using google doc, trello, slack and spreadsheet and word processing software such as Excel and Word.

  • Ability to accurately maintain lab records, including use of lab notebooks and online, with strict attention to detail. Knowledge and experience in working safely with model organisms and hazardous materials; must be willing and able to work with sea urchins.

  • Ability to interact effectively, using tact and diplomacy, with diverse personalities including academics, staff, students, volunteers, visitors, and outside vendors.

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

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