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This position will be hired at the Staff Research Associate 1 or Staff Research Associate 2 level depending on the experience of the selected candidate.
Under supervision the Staff Research Associate will be engaging in cell biology activities, with a strong focus on placental and stem cell biology. They will perform/assist with research activities such as in vitro tissue culture work (including culture of human pluripotent stem cells), isolation of primary cells from human tissues, protein quantification, western-blot, DNA/RNA extraction, and Q-PCR. They will also prepare media, buffers, and solutions as needed. Data processing and statistical analysis as needed.
The Research Associate will also manage our biohazard use authorization and serve as our area safety coordinator, provide routine laboratory equipment maintenance, order and maintain supplies and equipment and oversee undergraduate part-time lab aides whose duties include washing glassware and making buffers for the lab. As this is a new lab, they will initially be required to help the set up of the lab with equipment purchase and installation.
Theoretical knowledge of molecular biology techniques and genetics typically acquired through a Bachelor's degree in biology or related field; and/or relevant lab experience.
Demonstrated experience in sterile technique.
Ability to follow written and verbal protocols, techniques, and instructions. Willingness to learn new theory, techniques, and tasks and share knowledge.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills over a wide range of situations and individuals needed to interact professionally and effectively in the work environment in person, on the phone, and in writing to a diverse population; including persons from foreign countries, the business community, academicians, students and staff with a high degree of diplomacy, mature judgment, tact, and flexibility.
Strong knowledge of proper formats, grammar, and spelling in English and proofreading ability sufficient to compose, edit, and publish professional correspondence as well as effectively and accurately document research procedures. Ability to read, comprehend, discuss, and present research materials.
Proficient experience with the operation of a personal computer and software applications, such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access), Photoshop, Acrobat.
Strong organizational skills to order and maintain lab reagents and supplies, and keep accurate lab records and computer files.
Knowledge of bio, chemical, and radiation safety techniques and practices. Ability to follow established Safety and Biohazardous Material Guidelines and implement measures to ensure compliance and maintain associated records.
Experience making decisions, analyzing situations, problem solving, and initiating action for laboratory maintenance.
Experience with UCSD ordering, EH&S, and facilities policies and business systems.
Experience in basic cell culture techniques.
Experience with RNA and protein isolation, RT and qPCR, and Western blot techniques.
Skill to work with animal and human tissues; tissue trimming and histology analysis, and knowledge in necropsy.
Skill in the operation and maintenance of various lab equipment such as centrifuges, spectrophotometers, balances, pH meters, autoclaves and electrophoresis equipment.
Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
Must be willing to work with animal/human tissues and hazardous materials.
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