This is a Limited position. This appointment may be extended or converted to career status based on the needs of the department.
The Department of Medicine is responsible for fulfilling the teaching, research, and clinical missions of the University of California, San Diego and employs 500+ full-time salaried faculty members and 150+ academic appointees. Staff personnel include 800+ staff in 9 bargaining units, students, and volunteers. There are over 250 clinical faculties practicing at multiple sites and hospitals. Professional fee billings for the department exceed $50 million with collections of over $19 million per year. The total annual budget is approximately $170 million, which includes contract and grant revenues, clinical practice and medical center funds, and other state and private endowment funds.
Under supervision, the Staff Research Associate will independently perform a variety of molecular biology experiments. Experiments involve cloning, electroporation of cloned constructs into Ciona embryos, collection and preparation of Ciona embryos, and analysis of expression patterns using a microscope. The incumbent will design and execute experiments with supervision.
The Staff Research Associate will manage a laboratory by ordering all regents and consumables, speaking with supplier representatives, preparing stock solutions and plates, maintaining all laboratory equipment, and ensuring the laboratory generally runs smoothly. The incumbent will also train others to maintain a safe and clean workspace according to EH&S regulations. The incumbent's research will benefit the laboratory and contribute to answering the research question, how is gene expression controlled during development.
Theoretical knowledge of Biology including Genetics, Genomics, Development, or Bioinformatics, as typically attained by a Bachelor's degree and/or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience in PCR, cloning, restriction digests, ligation, transformations, and midi preps.
Experience in DNA/RNA extraction, purification, and quantification.
Strong experience working with others in a research environment.
Experience designing, executing, and analyzing research data in an organized manner and presenting findings to research faculty.
Experience ordering for a lab and communicating with supplier representatives.
Ability to follow established safety and hazardous material guidelines and to keep an organized and clean laboratory bench.
Bachelor of Science degree or higher in Biology, Genetics, or a related field highly preferred.
Understanding of transcriptional regulation in particular understanding of enhancer and promoters.
Photoshop, illustrator skills for preparation of images for publication, competence taking pictures using an upright microscope.
UC San Diego is an academic powerhouse and economic engine, recognized as one of the top 8 public universities by U.S. News and World Report. Innovation is central to who we are and what we do. Here, students learn that knowledge isn't just acquired in the classroom - life is their laboratory. UC San Diego's rich academic portfolio includes six undergraduate colleges, five academic divisions and ...five graduate and professional schools. The university's award-winning scholars are experts at the forefront of their fields with an impressive track record for achieving scientific, medical and technological breakthroughs.