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Location Oakland, California

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Behavioral Laboratory Assistant II - 122488

Job Description

Extended Review Date: Mon 7/24/2023

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: /

This position will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 04/18/2023 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 04/27/2023. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


UCSD Department of Psychiatry is one of the most innovative and productive academic departments in the country, offering challenging career opportunities in the diverse areas of advanced educational programs, cutting-edge research, and state-of-the-art clinical services. The department is committed to offering a dynamic learning environment and growing opportunities to its talented and dedicated employees.

Under supervision, the incumbent will work as a Laboratory Assistant, assisting with viral, fiber photometry, and behavioral experiments with mice within a lab that focuses on mouse models of anxiety and depression related behaviors, and the mechanism of action of antidepressants within the Department of Psychiatry. Will also maintain accurate records of testing as instructed, and help with documenting and using procedures to weigh and dissolve drugs, weigh animals, and assist with collecting and sorting data. Maintain neat and accurate records. Assist with postdoctoral scholar paperwork, and keep journals and publications up to date. Will assist in maintaining lab cleanliness as a required task, as well as assisting supervisor with tasks as required.

  • 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 and one (1) year of laboratory experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience; and knowledges and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position.

  • Experience handling mice (restraining, eartagging, injections, etc.)

  • Experience performing behavioral and fiber photometry studies with rodents.

  • Experience with Windows operating systems and Microsoft Office software.

  • Proven ability to order and receive supplies from scientific suppliers (Sigma, Fisher etc.)

  • Demonstrated detailed organizational and record-keeping skills.

  • Excellent ability to communicate with all levels of laboratory personnel.

  • Experience with laboratory computers and specialized data collection software (Med Associates, San Diego Instruments, Noldus).

  • Experience with using cryostat.

  • Experience with specialized behavioral testing equipment (Med Associates, San Diego Instruments, Coulbourn, Omnivision open field and light/dark test).

  • Experience with infusing viruses into mouse brain

  • Experience to perform PCR on tail samples taken from mice.

  • University coursework in organic/inorganic chemistry and laboratory techniques (pipetting, solution preparation, dosage calculation, etc.)
  • Knowledge of calculating dosages and dissolving a variety of chemicals, including drug weighing and dilution.
  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Must be willing to handle and euthanize mice.
  • Must be willing to work overtime, nights, and/or weekends if necessary for experimental purposes.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $44,662 - $52,513 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $21.39 - $25.15

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

If applicable, life-support certifications (BLS, NRP, ACLS, etc.) must include hands-on practice and in-person skills assessment; online-only certification is not acceptable.

UC San Diego Health Sciences is comprised of our School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, The Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, and our Student Health and Well-Being Department. We have long been at the forefront of translational - or "bench-to-bedside" - research, transforming patient care through discovery and innovation leading to new drugs and technologies. Translational research is carried out every day in the hundreds of clinical trials of promising new therapies offered through UC San Diego Health, and in the drive of our researchers and clinician-scientists who are committed to having a significant impact on patient care. We invite you to join our team!

Applications/Resumes are accepted for current job openings only. For full consideration on any job, applications must be received prior to the initial closing date. If a job has an extended deadline, applications/resumes will be considered during the extension period; however, a job may be filled before the extended date is reached.

To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit .

UC San Diego Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

UC San Diego is a smoke and tobacco free environment. Please visit for more information.

UC San Diego Health maintains a marijuana and drug free environment. Employees may be subject to drug screening.

Application Instructions

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Payroll Title:
PSYCHIATRY/Pre-Clinical Research
Hiring Pay Scale
$21.39 - $25.15 / Hour
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Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday- Friday
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Posted: 9/28/2023

Job Reference #: 122488