Research Assistant III, Laboratory of Dr. Uri Manor

Salk Institute for Biological Studies
La Jolla, CA
Closing date
Oct 21, 2021

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The Research Assistant III is responsible for select lab coordination duties in support of the Principal Investigator’s (PI) studies along with performing and contributing to research on assigned projects within the lab.  Duties include establishing and performing independent research and analysis on projects that involve the study of hearing loss, inner ear sensory hair cells, neurons, and cell cultures.  Cell and tissue culture, microscopy (training will be available), and various cellular and molecular biology techniques will be an essential part of this research. Murine models of hearing loss and neurodegenerative disorders are heavily employed in the lab. May provide task instruction, training, and guidance to lower-level personnel.


(70%) Research Support

  •  Tissue and cell culture and transfections
  • Dissection, staining, and imaging of inner ear tissues
  • Hearing testing in animal models
  • Perform various techniques in molecular biology such as: RNA and Western Blots.
  • Maintenance of animal colonies, data sets, lab supplies, and general lab operations.

(30%) Lab Coordination

  •  Provides training and supervision to other lab members on techniques.
  • May be assigned to oversee support staff.
  • Helps with providing materials for grant applications.
  • Manages resources/supplies and coordinates research projects to achieve specific goals and timetables.
  • Identifies problems with the lab procedures, escalates to PI when needed with proposed solutions, and implements corrective action as needed.
  • Provides technical expertise, answers research related, operational and Salk procedural questions.
  • Oversees general lab maintenance/organization, upkeep, and compliance with safety initiatives.
  • Contributes to and oversees the development of new techniques and standardized operating protocols (SOP), utilizing new tools that lead to the modification of methodology and increased quality and reliability of research.



  • Minimum 4 years of experience in molecular or cell biology including experience with mammalian cell culture, cellular and molecular biology techniques.


  • Inner ear or hearing loss research.



  •  Bachelor's degree in biological sciences, or equivalent.


  •  MS or PhD degree in biological sciences.



  • Theoretical and hands on knowledge of tissue culture and molecular biology techniques.
  • Ability to perform highly complex experiments and techniques with high levels of reliability and accuracy within time constraints.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct and oversee independent research. This includes the ability to (a) develop, maintain, execute, and complete research projects of varying size and scope; (b) critically read, understand, and extract information from published medical, chemical, and biological literature to prepare background information for scientific abstracts, manuscripts, lectures, and grant proposals; (c) perform basic data and statistical analysis; and (d) produce high-quality abstracts, manuscripts, lectures, and grant applications.
  • Ability to independently design experiments and debug protocols.
  • Ability to manage and track large numbers of samples meticulously without mixup or cross contamination.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and work independently.
  • Skill in the operation and maintenance of various lab equipment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, prioritize work and independently manage multiple, diverse and competing priorities while meeting deadlines; plan and develop meaningful objectives; and integrate multiple work initiatives into the overall department goals.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in researching information and analyzing data to arrive at valid conclusions, recommendations, and plans of action.


  •  Must be willing to work in an animal-related research environment.
  • Must be willing to work an adjusted schedule to support research needs.
  • Successful completion of the Institute’s background investigation.
  • Willing to sign an employee confidentiality agreement.


This position will constantly be handling, seeing, sitting, touching/feeling, analyzing, calculating and working inside. 


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The Salk Institute for Biological Studies is one of the world's preeminent basic research institutions, where internationally renowned faculty probe fundamental life science questions in a unique, collaborative, and creative environment. Focused on both discovery and mentoring future generations of researchers, Salk scientists make groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of cancer, aging, Alzheimer's, diabetes, and cardiovascular disorders by studying neuroscience, genetics, cell and plant biology, and related disciplines.

Faculty achievements have been recognized with numerous honors, including Nobel Prizes and memberships in the National Academy of Sciences. Founded in 1960 by polio vaccine pioneer Jonas Salk, M.D., the Institute is an independent nonprofit organization and architectural landmark.

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