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UCLA Health Systems

Staff Research Associate II



Full Time

On Site


Los Angeles, California, United States


The Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior is seeking
to hire a full-time Staff Research Associate II to join the Intellectual
Development Disabilities Research Center. You will perform experiments to study
glia development and function using cell and mouse models. Primary duties include:

  • Purify and culture cells
  • Examine cell development in vitro by immunohistochemistry and qPCR.
  • Prepare RNA from cells and tissues and perform qRT-PCR.
  • Prepare mouse tissue sections and examine by immunohistochemistry.
  • Molecular cloning of plasmid DNA.
  • Small and large scale preparation of DNA.
  • Perform Western blot
  • Genomic DNA preparation and conduct screening PCR and run agarose gels.
  • Interpret PCR and keep log of mouse genotyping results.
  • Analyze data acquired
  • Management of daily laboratory operations, ordering etc.
  • Interpretation and integration of results, data analysis, and coordination of results from all of the studies within the project.
  • Works in concert with other staff members of the Intellectual Developmental Disabilities Research Center.
  • Assist other lab members in their work as needed.
  • Generate general stock solutions and help maintain the tissue culture laboratory stocks and supplies.
  • Maintain data in an accessible form
  • Communicating results with principal investigator and laboratory personnel
  • Supervise and train other laboratory personnel in the methods described in A.
  • Perform statistical analyses of experiments.
  • Keep proper laboratory protocols and updated lab-notebooks
  • Troubleshoot-oriented discussions with the supervisor on a regular basis and carrying out instructed data analyses.
  • Aid in the writing of proposals and papers.
  • Learn and use all appropriate laboratory safety methods.

  • Ph.D. Degree
  • Ability to work with lab animals such as mice (required)
  • Skills in routine molecular and cellular biology techniques
  • Ability to communicate effectively on a one-to-one basis sufficiently to
    convey experimental results to principal investigators
  • Interpersonal skill to interact and collaborate effectively with
    scientist co-workers
  • Ability to organize raw data into relevant formats
  • Reading skills sufficient to understand specific protocol relevant journal
    articles, and equipment
  • Ability to perform library searches
  • Ability to follow directions clearly and concisely
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize
  • Must be motivated and hard working
  • Must have at least one-year experience doing laboratory bench
  • Must be willing to work with self inactivating lentivirus,
    other viral vectors and human tissue at biosafety level 2
  • Familiarity with word processing and graphing programs

UCLA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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