Laboratory Technician

UC San Diego - San Diego, CA (30+ days ago)4.3


The Department of Medicine (DOM) is the largest department within the UCSD School of Medicine and is responsible for fulfilling the teaching, research, and clinical missions of the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. The department employs approximately 500 salaried faculty, 168 academic appointees, 331 residents, fellow and postdocs and 479 staff personnel.

We are a small NIH-funded lab in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. We focus on the role of fibrosis during maladaptive cardiac remodeling and how it leads to cardiac dysfunction and progressive heart failure.

This position involves assistance with experiments and research projects, as well as general lab functions. Experiments include molecular biology and biochemical techniques (e.g., western blotting, PCR, cloning, enzyme assays, metabolic labeling, immunohistochemistry), tissue culture (e.g., preparation of culturing of primary cells, transfection, viral production and transduction), and animal work (e.g., mouse breeding, mouse and rat handling). General lab functions include ordering of lab supplies, maintaining a clean and safe lab environment, and adherence to UCSD guidelines. Laboratory supervisor will maintain an active presence in the lab and training will be provided when needed.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
  • Theoretical knowledge of biochemistry, molecular biology generally acquired through a Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Must possess previous research experience in a lab setting.

  • Basic laboratory knowledge, such as pipetting, solution preparation, sterile technique.

  • Quick learner with the ability to work both independently and as a team.

  • Basic computer skills.

  • Overall knowledge of biochemistry, molecular biology, cell and animal physiology.

  • Comfortable working with animals.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
  • Cardiovascular and heart physiology.

  • Knowledge of lab safety.

  • Experience working with rodents.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS
  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

  • Must be willing to work with animals.

  • Must be willing to work with hazardous materials.

  • Must be willing to work with rodents.

  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.