This position is a limited position with the possibility of extension/career conversion.
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The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is a vibrant and growing Orthopaedic Surgery Department of 48 full-time faculty and 50 voluntary faculty, 4 physicians on MSP contracts, 32 trainees, and 34 staff that supports and participates in the academic, clinical, and research mission of UC San Diego. The Department generates over $12M in clinical revenue, and $5M (NIH & other) in research grants and contracts, with total annual expenditures exceeding $30M. The Department is a comprehensive orthopaedic group located in San Diego that offers a full spectrum of musculoskeletal clinical care, specializing in foot and ankle, hand, joint reconstruction, physical medicine and rehabilitation, spine, sports, and trauma. Research expertise includes advancements in muscle metabolism and physiology, neuromuscular bioengineering, intervertebral disc, and musculoskeletal physiology and epidemiology
Under close supervision of the PI, the Lab Assistant will work at the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute to assist with performing basic work in neuro-musculo-skeletal translational research projects including osteoarthritis animal models, disc degeneration models, nerve injury and disease models, as well as in vitro studies. This Lab Assistant 1 will also assist with basic tissue preparation for immunohistochemistry and will aid in extracting total proteins for western blotting, total genomic DNA for PCR, or total RNA for reverse transcription into cDNA. The Lab Assistant 1 will assist with basic media and buffer preparation, learn and maintain laboratory equipment, have strong organizational skills to maintain lab stock databases, and work to ensure that laboratory spaces are clean, safe and compliant with University regulations. In addition, Lab Assistant 1 will assist with basic animal husbandry (mice, rats, and rabbits), and occasionally transport biological specimens from the operating rooms to the laboratory.
Two years of college-level coursework in cellular and molecular biology or related science and/or one-year basic laboratory experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Demonstrated ability to assist the PI in research techniques in cellular and molecular biology.
Skill to plan and organize work assignments in an efficient and productive manner.
Manual dexterity and legible handwriting. Perform general lab maintenance, including cleaning and restocking supplies and manage a regular schedule in the lab.
Demonstrated effective time management skills. Good organizational skills to order and maintain lab equipment and supplies.
Enthusiasm for learning and a genuine interest in scientific research. Willingness and ability to learn new skills, research methods, and scientific principles.
Willingness to learn new techniques and tasks and share knowledge to inform and teach students and paraprofessionals new techniques.
Knowledge of the operation and maintenance of various lab equipment such as confocal and quantitative fluorecent microscopes, centrifuges, spectrophotometers, balances, pH meters, and electrophoresis equipment.
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
Effective and diplomatic oral and written communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to work with a variety of personnel from different laboratories and instruct in optimal procedures for assays.
Strong communication skills (both verbal and written) needed to interact professionally and effectively in the work environment, as well as effectively and accurately document research procedures. Ability to read, comprehend and discuss research materials. Demonstrated ability to assist in the writing of papers for publication, research proposals
Willingness and ability to work with rodents and/or other lab animals and/or infected samples, if required.
Demonstrated skill to work with animals, as well as animal and human tissues.
Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
Must be available to work some weekends & evenings t
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