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UCLA Health Staff Research Associate in Los Angeles, California


Under supervision of the Principal Investigator and the Postdoctoral Fellows, you will provide basic technical support in research laboratory modeling the molecular and genetic basis of neurological and neuro-psychiatric disorders and testing therapeutic treatments in-vitro. The vast majority of work will be performing. mammalian tissue culture including, but not limited to, iPSCs, primary cultures and mammalian cell lines. Additional work will include , DNA RNA and protein extraction and analysis (qPCR, RT-PCR and Western blotting, respectively), routine quality control of cell cultures, as well as investigating cytotoxicity and therapeutic effects of candidate compounds in vitro and in vivo (mouse). Furthermore, you will be involved in generating DNA plasmids, lentivirus for infection and cell culture studies; performing PCR and gel electrophoresis; immunocytochemistry and immunohistochemistry; preparing buffers, solutions, and chemicals for lab experiments; basic data analysis and interpretation; maintaining database of experimental results; assisting with figures for grant applications and publications; providing technical assistance in the lab, including assisting other members of the lab; and assisting with training of lab assistants and students.Qualifications


General working knowledge of molecular biology, molecular genetics, cell biology, human genetics, and/or neuroscience theories and principles.

Knowledge of standard laboratory equipment and supplies.

Good communication skills and ability to work well with multiple individuals.

Ability to maintain an organized working area.

Ability to keep accurate and organized lab records.

Ability to work on several projects simultaneously and to switch focus as needed.

Knowledge of chemistry to prepare solutions for lab experiments.

Knowledge of laboratory safety procedures for handling chemical, biohazard, and medical


Knowledge of basic molecular biology/cell biology/genetic techniques.

Working knowledge and ability in the use of computers (PC and MAC operating systems).

Skill in using various computer software (e.g., Microsoft Office, Adobe products, etc.)

Excellent attention to detail, for accurate data entry and analysis.

Good organization and time management skills. Always punctual.

Ability to learn new laboratory techniques and new lab equipment, as needed.

General knowledge of University procedures and compliance with Environmental Health and

Safety guidelines.


B.S. degree or equivalent in Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry or

related field.

Willingness to work occasional overtime in order to meet deadlines related to grant

applications and publications.

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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