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Laboratory Assistant - 69277-1A

Updated: May 17, 2024
Location: Irvine-Campus
Job Type:
Department: Stem Cell Research Center

Job Opening ID: 69277
Reports To: Chief Administrative Officer
Department: Stem Cell Research Center
Bargaining Unit: TX
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Payroll Job Code: 009603
Job Location: UCI Campus- Irvine
Percent of Time: 100%
Work Schedule: 8-5, M-F
Employee Class: CAREER


Position Summary:


Today’s UC Irvine Stem Cell Research Center is a dynamic center encompassing a diverse array of interdisciplinary investigators that span the schools of Medicine, Biological Sciences Pharmaceutical Sciences, Engineering, Arts and Law. Our state-of-the-art, LEED Platinum certified research and clinical building houses 25 of our 65 center faculty members. Center faculty have obtained more than $170 million dollars in grant and foundation funds. Our research programs include a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored T32 training grant, state of the art shared equipment, research services programs and a seminar series. Full salary range: $45,936 - $54,037.44 (expected salary range: $45,936-47,648.16) Limited position, full-time (40 hours per week), Monday – Friday. Job duties include, but are not limited to: Animal care and Histology: Assists in animal laboratory research projects. Research projects may consist of: • Assist with breeding colonies (setting up cages, tissue collection for genotyping, detailed record keeping) • maintain rat breeding colonies, prepare and assist in rat surgery. • Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) imaging of rat retina under supervision Tissue processing, cutting, staining (including immunohistochemistry) • Prepare solutions, maintain laboratory supplies and equipment, dispose of hazardous waste; cell culture and PCR • General Lab Support- Maintain lab databases for ordering and inventory. Follow written instructions to prepare stock solutions, cell culture media, and assist other researchers in the lab.
Under supervision of the PI, or other senior lab personnel, the incumbent may perform tasks including but not limited to: assisting with experiments, working as part of a team, and independent tasks; attending staff meetings; writing/updating/distributing lab protocols, SOPS, project plans/summaries/reports; training new personnel; preparing solutions, maintaining detailed paper and electronic records of study data; adhering to all experimental protocol and good laboratory practices, maintaining safety training and safe work procedures; lab maintenance including supply inventory, equipment maintenance, cleaning, organizing, and managing lab spaces and materials; and performing other duties as assigned.


Total Compensation:

In addition to the salary range listed below, we offer a wealth of benefits to make working at UCI even more rewarding. These benefits may include medical insurance, sick and vacation time, retirement savings plans, and access to a number of discounts and perks. Please utilize the links listed here to learn more about our compensation practices and benefits.

$22.00 - $25.88 (Hourly Rate)
Department Website:


  • Minimum of bachelor’s degree in scientific field with two years of college including courses in the natural, physical or social sciences 
  • Laboratory research experience (minimum 1 year) 
  • Maintain Excel databases, familiarity with computer use Willingness to work with animals (rats, mice) 
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills in English 
  • Ability to work in a team atmosphere. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision


  • Understanding the detailed mechanism of tissue processing and of different microtomes Experience with OCT imaging of rat retina


Special Conditions Required:
• Flexible working hours required, may need to extend work hours into evenings and weekends on occasion


Conditions of Employment:

The University of California, Irvine (UCI) seeks to provide a safe and healthy environment for the entire UCI community. As part of this commitment, all applicants who accept an offer of employment must comply with the following conditions of employment:

  • Background Check and Live Scan
  • Legal Right to work in the United States
  • Vaccination Policies
  • Smoking and Tobacco Policy
  • Drug Free Environment

The following additional conditions may apply, some of which are dependent upon business unit or job specific requirements.

  • California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act
  • E-Verify
  • Pre-Placement Health Evaluation

Details of each policy may be reviewed by visiting the following page - https://hr.uci.edu/new-hire/conditions-of-employment.php

Closing Statement:

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.
We are committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce along with honoring unique experiences, perspectives, and identities. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable, and welcoming.
UCI provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities upon request. For more information, please contact Human Resources at (949) 824-0500 or [email protected]

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