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It has a $6M annual allocation of State and University funds and holds a multi-million research portfolio (15.5 MIL in contract & grant expenditures), including awards (but not limited) from the NIH, NSF, other federal flow through, and gifts/private funding.
The Department of Bioengineering is one of six departments in the nationally ranked Jacobs School of Engineering. It enjoys close collaborations with the UC San Diego School of Medicine, the Institute of Engineering in Medicine (IEM), the Scripps Research Institute, the Sanford Burnham Institute and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.
The UC San Diego Department of Bioengineering offers the following graduate degrees: Masters of Engineering, Masters of Science, combined Bachelors of Science/Masters of Science, Ph.D. and (in conjunction with the UC San Diego School of Medicine) a combined M.D./Ph.D. degree program.
Under supervision within a designated Research Laboratory in the Department of Bioengineering, the DNA Research Associate I will perform experiments related to DNA sequencing and fluorescent imaging on human tissues. Requires both molecular biology skills involving a limited variety of standard repetitive molecular techniques, including enzymatic digestion and ligation of DNA molecules, polymerase chain reactions, real-time polymerase chain reaction, electrophoresis, sequencing library preparation, and fluorescent microscopy. Analyze and summarize experimental results, and assist in writing manuscripts and grant proposals. Additional duties include minor maintenance of equipment, cleaning, and waste disposal.
Must be willing to work with human or animal tissues.
Must be willing to work with biohazardous materials.
Ability to use a microscope for a long period of time.
Demonstrated experience in molecular biology techniques related to manipulation and analysis of DNA.
Demonstrated ability to develop, follow and troubleshoot established lab protocols and lab procedures.
Proven experience in using and maintaining laboratory equipments, including pipettes, centrifuges, incubators, balances, spectrophotometers, microscopes.
Demonstrated knowledge and demonstrated experience in fluorescent imaging of biological specimens.
Theoretical knowledge of physics, chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology and general biology.
Ability to calculate the molaroty of solutions, perform dilutions and make solutions following protocols.
Demonstrated ability to search, retrieve and read scientific literatures.
Knowledge of basic lab safety requirements and procedures including hazardous/biohazardous materials, chemical, and organic solvent safety.
Strong communication skills (verbal and written) to interact professionally and effectively with faculty, staff and students.
Willingness and demonstrated ability to meet established standards for dependability and attendance.
B.S. Degree in a Biological Sciences or Engineering.
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