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Research Assistant

Company: University of California - San Diego Medical Cente
Location: San Diego
Posted on: July 1, 2020

Job Description:

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 06/25/20 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor. Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 07/07/20. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance. DESCRIPTION =========== The Department of Medicine 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 Majithia lab studies type 2 diabetes, obesity and insulin resistance using the tools of genomics, massively parallel experimentation and statistics. We have two research goals: 1) to identify genes causing insulin resistance in humans with therapeutic properties for drug development 2) to personalize drug choices for people with metabolic disease using genetic information and novel biomarkers The Research Assistant will work directly for the principal investigator (PI) and in close collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team of investigators including clinicians, scientists, and computational biologists. The successful candidate must be detail-oriented, organized and be willing to perform other tasks as required. This position will independently combine 1) execution of bench level and research activities and 2) lab coordination. Research activities will be directed towards development of cellular assays and human cell models as well as carrying out high-throughput genetic screens. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS ====================== * Theoretical and working knowledge in molecular biology and biochemistry. * Demonstrated experience assisting with tissue culture including freezing, thawing, counting cells and splitting cultures. * Ability to perform standard repetitive techniques that may be required in research protocols related to a specific lab. Ability to read, interpret and apply protocols in conducting research. * Ability in following stepwise experimental protocols. Skill to troubleshoot adaptations of experimental protocols. * Strong skill in accurate record keeping and ability to organize, analyze, and calculate data. Good organizational and time management skills. * Proven experience working in and maintaining a sterile environment. * Demonstrated experience in cellular assays. * Demonstrated ability to work with human tissues. * Demonstrated experience in working and maintaining yeast cultures. * Proficient experience with the operation of a personal computer and software application, such as Access, MS Word and Excel. Knowledge to work with and learn new software for analysis. * Manual dexterity and legible handwriting. Ability to assist with general lab maintenance, including cleaning and restocking supplies and managing a regular schedule in the lab. * Effectively in the work environment, as well as effectively and accurately document research procedures. Ability to read, comprehend and discuss research materials. * Enthusiasm for learning new techniques and a genuine interest in scientific research. Ability to learn new skills, research methods, and scientific principles. Ability to train students incoming students. * Knowledge of UCSD Environmental Health and Safety requirements. Ability to read and use Material Safety Data Sheets. Demonstrated ability to follow established Safety and Biohazardous Material Guidelines. SPECIAL CONDITIONS ================== * Employment is subject to a criminal background check. * Must be willing and able to work in BioSafety Level II plus environment. * Must be willing biohazardous materials.

Keywords: University of California - San Diego Medical Cente, San Diego , Research Assistant, Other , San Diego, California

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