This position will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified.
UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 06/04/21 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.
Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 06/15/21. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.
Revisions have been made to the job description and qualifications as of 6/24/21.
The UCSD Department of OBGYN and Reproductive Sciences is composed of 65 faculty and clinical fellows and has labs that do both basic science research and clinical research.
Under supervision, the laboratory technician will perform biology research experiments involving mice. The technician will help manage the research mouse colony, including compliance with ACP and IACUC policies. Duties include: analyze, breed, handle, sample, inject, and euthanize mice & conduct basic surgical procedures and collect blood and tissues from mice. The technician will execute mouse studies under direction of the supervisor with minimal technical supervision and will also assist other lab members on neuroscience and endocrinology experiments in mice. The technician will perform molecular biological techniques including RNA/DNA extractions, DNA analysis (genotyping), RT-PCR, qPCR, cloning, running gels, and transcription reactions. Make lab solutions and reagents. Help perform histology techniques such as brain and tissue collection, tissue cutting onto slides (using a cryostat), and preparation of tissue samples for microscopy analysis. Assist other lab personnel in histological assays on mouse tissues. The position also involves directly training undergraduate researchers, performing general lab maintenance, ordering supplies, and helping to manage biohazard waste and radioactivity compliance.
Theoretical knowledge of biology or related field preferred as typically attained by a Bachelor's degree and/or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience with molecular biology research techniques, such as RT-PCR, DNA/RNA extraction, genotyping, work with plasmids or cell lines, and gel electrophoresis.
Previous experience handling, breeding, euthanizing, injecting, and sampling of laboratory mice.
Previous experience with collecting blood, or other tissue from mice or other rodent models.
Demonstrated experience with preparation of solutions/media, sterile technique, and basic molecular biology techniques.
Demonstrated ability to take initiative and handle responsibility and tasks in a dependent, reliable, high-quality, and efficient manner. Excellent interpersonal skills to be effective in communicating and interacting with a variety of people within a large laboratory setting & in administrative components within and outside the University.
Familiar with either neuroscience, physiology and/or reproductive biology topics and concepts.
Strong organization and communication skills (verbal and written) in order to interact professionally and effectively with faculty, staff, and students.
Experience working with radioactive isotopes, recombinant DNA, biohazardous research materials, and toxic research chemicals.
Experience using cryostat machine (or related equipment/technique) to cut or prepare rodent tissues, for histology or staining.
Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
Must be willing to work with mice as an experimental model.
Must be willing to work with biohazardous material.
Must be able to work various hours (occasional evenings and weekends) and locations based on business needs.
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