Job Opportunity: Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory Assistant at UC San Diego

Under supervision, perform standard repetitive laboratory experimental procedures. Assist with care, feeding, and breeding of adult and larval amphioxus, setting up a variety of feeding and temperature regimes, raising embryos and larvae, making algal media, maintaining algal cultures, data collection, ordering supplies and maintaining accurate records. Applicant must be able to work occasional weekends, evenings and holidays as needed.


  • Graduation from high school or a GED and minimum two (2) years of college coursework, including developmental biology/embryology, general chemistry and genetics, or two (2) years laboratory experience involving these subjects; or equivalent combination of coursework and experience.
  • College-level knowledge of embryology and genetics.
  • Knowledge of and experience in general lab protocols.
  • Experience making algal media and maintaining algal cultures.
  • Demonstrated experience in care and feeding of marine invertebrates and/or fish.
  • Experience raising marine larvae.
  • Experience using personal computer (PC preferred) as well as spreadsheet and word processing software such as Word and Excel.
  • Experience in data collection. Ability to accurately maintain lab records with strict attention to detail.
  • Proven experience with use of pipets, analytical balances, dissecting and compound microscopes.
  • Skill to use hand and power tools for setting up aquaria and algal cultures.
  • Demonstrated experience in ordering supplies.
  • Knowledge of basic laboratory safety requirements and procedures, and ability to maintain up-to-date safety training certification.
  • Ability to interact effectively, using tact and diplomacy, with diverse personalities including academics, staff, student employees and outside vendors.

Hiring salary range: $19.39 per hour
Work schedule: Days, 8 hours per day, Monday – Friday
Application deadline: Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Learn more about this position and how to apply.

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