Research Assistant II - Regulatory Biology Laboratory, Dr. Satchidananda Panda

La Jolla, CA
Sep 19, 2020
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Application Instructions:

Employment History Include your last ten (10) years of employment history, or length of your employment history if less, including all position (even those that are not relevant to this position) and periods of unemployment. Incomplete information could disqualify you from further consideration.



Research Assistant II position will focus on protein and biochemistry. A successful candidate will work half of their time on independent projects and the other half on supporting postdoctoral researchers in the lab. The position will be responsible for establishing and utilizing protein expression systems (i.e., bacteria, insect cell and mammalian) and performing biochemical experiments. Position will be trained in specific techniques and methods in order to execute experiments that are broadly designed by post doc or PI and must be able to carry out and analyze experimental results independently. The overall goal of the research is to understand the molecular and structural mechanisms of T cell signaling.



(50%) Tissue Culture

  • Independently maintains cultures of human glial cells as well as manages and differentiates human neural stem cell lines.
  • Maintains human stromal cells for the purpose of virus production.
  • Produces and titers lentivirus from human stromal cells.

(25%) Molecular Biology Techniques

  • Perform various techniques in molecular biology such as: RNA extraction and analysis.
  • DNA extraction and analysis.
  • PCR and rtPCR.
  • Maxi preps.
  • Gel Electrophoresis.
  • Recombinant DNA techniques.

(10%) Histology

  • Perform various immunofluorescence protocols on fixed human cells.
  • Analyze cells using various fluorescent and confocal microscopes for high power imaging.

(15%) Lab Support

  • Performs quality control of reagents as needed.
  • Trains and assists other lab personnel on research techniques and use of laboratory equipment.
  • Attends staff meetings and assist with general problem solving.
  • Assists in Hazardous, Biohazardous and waste disposal.
  • Assists with maintaining laboratory safety records.
  • Maintains laboratory supplies and equipment.




  • Minimum 2 years’ experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of protein- and biochemistry techniques.
  • Proficient in the operation of standard lab equipment and computer hardware/software.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of scientific principles


  • Fundamental skills in molecular biology and cell culture.




  • Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and/or related field


  • Master’s degree in biological sciences and/or related field




  • Theoretical and hands on knowledge of histology and molecular biology techniques.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in researching information and analyzing data to arrive at valid conclusions.
  • Ability to manage and track large numbers of samples meticulously without mixup or cross contamination.
  • Skill in the operation and maintenance of various lab equipment.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with both PC and MAC operating systems, standard business office equipment and commonly used software and tools, such as Microsoft Office, electronic mail, and the internet.
  • Proficiency with common office software applications as well as software applications used for research, recording, and analysis.
  • Highly organized, effective at multitasking, adept at juggling changing priorities and able to prioritize.
  • Proven ability to work both independently and also as part of a collaborative team.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including tact, diplomacy, and flexibility.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with diverse groups. Demonstrated skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with personnel at all levels.



  • Must be willing to work in an animal-related research environment.
  • Must be willing to work with human cells and complete all appropriate associated training.
  • Must be willing to work independently and must have a flexible schedule to support research needs.
  • Successful completion of the Institute’s background investigation.



This position requires constant adjusting focus, seeing, sitting, and working inside. 

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