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The UCSD Department of Pharmacology is one of two basic science units in the School of Medicine where world-class researchers investigate the effects of chemical interventions on biological systems. The faculty are internationally renowned for their strength in elucidating basic cellular and molecular mechanisms of signal transduction that lead to innovative drug target identification and ultimately to cutting edge drug discovery. The faculty also plays a major role in medical and graduate student training, providing educational and programmatic offerings that span several disciplines, and provide diversity to meet the interests of a broad spectrum of students and scholars.
More than one hundred trainees at the graduate student and postdoctoral level, as well as a staff of more than 50 research technicians and department administrators interact closely with the faculty. The diverse mix of ages, backgrounds, and talents creates a robust work environment with challenging career opportunities and a commitment to continued growth potential. We constantly seek to recruit highly motivated, technologically-advanced and interested individuals to become a part of our dynamic exploratory research and educational environment. For more information, please visit our website at http://pharmacology.ucsd.edu.
Under close supervision, the Laboratory Assistant will perform a variety of standard repetitive laboratory and experimental procedures. Incumbent will assist in preparation of primary cultures of neonatal rat heart cells, maintain several lines of cultured cells, and assist PI and other lab members with experiments. Assists as directed in the routine mouse colony maintenance including inventory mice, husbandry and general genotyping. Maintains mouse-facility work spaces in a clean and usable manner. Document/data entry of the genealogy of mouse lines. Performs laboratory maintenance duties (including ordering supplies, preparing solutions and buffers, and general clean up). Interact easily with faculty, postdoctoral scholars, students and research technicians.
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 (chemistry, biochemistry or biology) and one (1) year of laboratory experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Demonstrated experience of basic laboratory procedures and equipment, including preparation of buffers, solutions and reagents and sterile techniques.
Thorough knowledge of tissue culture and experience with maintenance of tissue culture facility.
Proven experience working with mice and rodents. Knowledge of providing mouse colony maintenance, inventory, husbandry and general genotyping.
Ability to follow basic research protocols, solutions, formulas and follow instructions closely.
Ability to maintain careful, legible and well-organized laboratory notes.
Ability to work well with others; take instructions and explain protocols to others.
Ability to communicate with colleagues and superiors, including asking questions and provide notification of problems.
Knowledge and understanding of laboratory safety and ability to work carefully with potentially harmful agents.
Proficient experience and skill in using computers and internet. Experience with MS Excel and MS Word to help maintain lab budgets and data analysis.
Theoretical knowledge of anatomy (mouse).
Understanding of UC ordering procedures.
Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
Adherence to an agreed upon work schedule.
Must be comfortable with the use of mice as experimental animals/research model system.
Must be willing to work with hazardous materials.
Requires consistent dependability and commitment throughout the year including winter, spring & summer breaks. Due to the nature of the research support, this job requires frequent work at very specific & exact times. Requires the employee to be flexible in his/her schedule (including nights & weekends) to accommodate researchers.
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