Staff Research Associate 2

University Of California San Diego , CA 92140

Posted 2 months ago

This is a 100% limited appointment for five (5) months that may be extended or converted to career status based on the needs of the department.


UC San Diego, located in La Jolla, in the San Diego Metropolitan area, enrolls over 35,000 students and is one of the University of California's 10 campuses. UC San Diego has earned recognition as one of the world's premier research universities and one of the top-10 public universities in the nation.

UC San Diego is a student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented public institution, recognized as one of the top 15 research universities worldwide. The University fosters a culture of collaboration that sparks innovative discoveries that advance society and drive economic impact. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is one of the largest and most complex departments on campus.

Our Department combines research on the most consequential and revelatory scientific areas with education aimed at building our future leaders and scientists. The department is comprised of 65 ladder rank faculty, and additional 12-15 in various instructional and ~150 in academic research titles and postdoctoral scholars. The above academic community presents a plethora of diverse complex issues from Health Sciences Compensation Program agreements to adjuncts from national laboratories sharing negotiated employee patent agreements.

The department is also comprised of 70 career staff; ~60 temporary or student staff, and 254 Master's and Ph.D. students. Undergraduate students majoring in chemistry number greater than 1000, and total undergraduate and graduate annual course enrollments exceed 24,500. The department currently has more than 180 awards from federal, state and private sources for approximately $23 million per annum in extramural funding and $49 million in total annual expenditures.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry manages ten recharge facilities supporting national as well as UCSD-wide research endeavors in academe and industry: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Molecular Mass Spectrometry, Biomolecular and Proteomics Mass Spectroscopy, Cryoelectron Microscopy, Biophysics Instrumentation, Inorganic Characterization Instrumentation, Protein Crystallography, Small Molecule X-Ray Crystallography, Fabrication Facility plus the on campus Chemistry Storehouse.

In addition, we are home to three national research center grants. The department also manages three major NIH training grants, and one Department of Education training grant, which fund graduate and postdoctoral students across UCSD departments/disciplines as well as off campus research organizations.

Incumbent will assist the Principal Investigator in conducting research and experiments in the area of glycomaterials, with particular emphasis on the generation of synthetic glycoconjugate microarray platforms. Incumbent will be responsible for the maintenance, operation, and training of students on laboratory equipment including Size Exclussion Chromatography, High Performance Liquid Chromatography and Sciflexarrayer spotter. Perform synthetic reactions within a chemical fume hood, polymer purification and characterization, etc. Record and describe results in a form suitable for publication in scientific journals or presentation in grant applications.

As Laboratory Manager incumbent will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the laboratory. This involves preparation of chemical solutions, laboratory maintenance duties; ordering and organizing supplies; assuring that lab equipment is kept is working condition; and safety, cleanliness, and organization of the laboratory. Interact professionally with faculty, postdoctoral scholars, students, collaborators, visiting scholars, and research technicians in a medium-sized laboratory.

  • Must be willing to work with hazardous chemicals and materials.


  • Experience in the use of the following instruments for compound characterization: a) Size exclusion chromatography. b) NMR c) Fluorescence spectrometer. d) Fluorescence plate reader e) Absorbance plate reader f) Fluorescence microscope.

  • Demonstrated experience in polymer and carbohydrate chemistry.

  • Proven experience in executing specific research protocols and record and analyze results, and contribute results to publications.

  • Theoretical understanding of synthesis, purification, and characterization of glycomaterials (in particular, nanomaterials) acquired through a Bachelors and/or Masters Degree in chemistry, materials science, or a related field; or a combination of education and relevant lab experience.

  • Demonstrated experience in performing synthetic reactions within a chemical fume hood, safe handling of chemical hazards.

  • Proven ability in the design, synthesis, purification and characterization of glycopolymers and glycan-protein conjugates.

  • Strong communication skills (both verbal and written) needed to interact professionally and effectively in the work environment.

  • Demonstrated experience in word processing, Excel and preparing slide presentations.

  • Ability to develop organization of the research work environment of schedules, reagents, and data. Skill to use independent judgment and to make decisions and solve complex problems.

  • Ability to follow established EH&S Safety Regulations, as they pertain to Chemical Waste, Biohazards and inventory maintenance.

  • Demonstrated experience in maintaining instrumentation and interacting with equipment vendors and service personnel.

  • Skill to organize time, set priorities, meet established deadlines, and recognize new problems with constantly changing priorities and frequent interruptions.

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of matters related to work.

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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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