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Stem Cell Research Associate

University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Job Type

Salary Range

Full-Time Research Associate (SRA-II)

$27.09 – $43.58 Hourly

About the Role

The Staff Research Associate II will support smooth and orderly operation of the lab. Technical tasks include wet bench experiments including but not limited to human pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) generation . Specific research techniques include iPSC maintenance, pluripotency test, iPSC quality control, PCR, immunohistochemistry, gene expression analyses (qPCR), transfectable virus generation & handling, sequencing library preparations, Western blotting, cloning, gel electrophoresis, tissue culture, media preparation and general upkeep of reagents & equipment. Administrative tasks include maintaining the various permits and certifications for the lab, ordering, logging data, filing, and distributing research materials to the clients.



  • Skill in performing prolonged tasks with appropriate maintenance of directed attention

  • Ability to establish new laboratory procedures and protocols successfully.

  • Skill in working as part of a team; collaborating with colleagues in and outside the lab.

  • Skill in exchanging ideas, information and opinions with others to arrive at joint decisions, conclusions and/or solutions.

  • Skill in utilizing standard computer spreadsheet and word processing software programs (MS Excel and Word).

  • Skill in analyzing information, problems, and procedures to define the problem and objective, identify relevant factors, formulate logical solution and follow up on problem resolution.

  • Skill in organizing information and materials in a systematic way to optimize efficiency to minimize duplication of effort.

  • Skill in setting priorities that accurately reflect the relative importance of job responsibilities.

  • Skill in prioritizing assignments to complete work in a timely manner when there are: changes in work scope, workload, changes in personnel, assignment, pressures of deadlines, competing requirements.

  • Knowledge in lab safety including use of biohazardous waste and principles of safety when working with human and mouse tissues.


  • Baccalaureate or Master degree in chemistry, biochemistry, or other physical or life sciences.

  • Previous experience in a laboratory setting.

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.

About the Company

The Human Stem Cell & Genome Engineering Center (HSC&GEC) at UCLA provides cutting-edge services focused on making pluripotent stem cells from patient samples and Genome Engineering/Editing services for basic and preclinical research.

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