Ocean Career: UC San Diego Lab Assistant

Under supervision, perform standard repetitive laboratory procedures, assisting the Principal Investigator and researchers of Hamdoun Lab. The incumbent is responsible for laboratory maintenance and research support duties primarily including animal husbandry.

Other duties include organization of lab space and cleaning of glassware, and assistance with online organization of the lab's digital resources. The candidate will play a major role with maintenance of the lab’s sea urchin colony, and culturing of transgenic juvenile sea urchins and algae. The incumbent may aid researchers with routine and standard experimental procedures involving embryology, cell culture and/or molecular biology. The candidate must keep written records of their work.


  • Graduation from high school or a General Education Diploma 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.
  • Familiarity with general animal husbandry tasks.
  • Knowledge and experience with basic laboratory equipment such as centrifuges, micro-pipettes, biosafety cabinets, incubators, autoclaves, balances, pH meters, and microscopes.
  • Knowledge and experience in general lab protocols. Knowledge of basic laboratory safety requirements and procedures, and ability to maintain up-to-date safety training certification.
  • Experience in basic lab techniques such as PCR, western blot, making buffers, checking pH solutions, and molecular cloning.
  • General knowledge of biochemistry, molecular biology, and genetics; including relevant laboratory techniques.
  • Experience working with and in the preparation of scientific reagents including common buffers and stock solutions.
  • Must be willing and able to work with sea urchins.
  • Knowledge in working safely with model organisms and hazardous materials.
  • Experience in making algal media and maintaining algal cultures.
  • Experience using personal computer, as well as experience using google doc, trello, slack and spreadsheet and word processing software such as Excel and Word.
  • Experience in data collection.
  • Ability to accurately maintain lab records, including use of lab notebooks and online, with strict attention to detail.
  • Ability to interact effectively, using tact and diplomacy, with diverse personalities including academics, staff, students, volunteers, visitors, and outside vendors.
  • Ability to order and maintain laboratory supplies.


  • Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check results.
  • Must have knowledge and experience in working safely with model organisms and hazardous materials (for care of sea urchins and chemical inventory and stocking).

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

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