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Research Associate II
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UCLA Health | Los Angeles, CA
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Job Description

Job Duties
The incumbent will perform duties to ensure the smooth operation of the Preclinical Imaging Center. Operate and maintain PET, CT, optical scanners, and ancillary equipment used with small animal research. Maintain lab supply inventory and cleanliness. Create or update amendments and renewals of animal and other operational protocols. Complies with all University, State, and Federal Safety regulations and guidelines. Working knowledge of lab assays, and molecular biology and biochemical experiments, including but not exclusive, western blot, PCR, cloning, IP, mammalian cell culture, and flow cytometry. Mouse work and handling is mandatory, including but not exclusive, various injection techniques, intravenous tail injections, blood collections, tumor inoculation, collecting tissue samples and preparing mice for molecular and histological characterization.

Job Qualifications
Basic understanding of biology, animal physiology andmolecular imaging research. Experience in molecular and biochemical standard methods and cell culture. Experience in flow cytometry or the ability to learn flow cytometry if skill not already existing. Command of written English language required to create or update amendments and renewals of animal and other operational protocols. Ability to create and maintain records accurately. Ability to keep laboratory space clean, safe and organized, ability to order and maintain imaging and ancillary equipment. Ability to follow directions and to both work independently and to work well with a team when needed. Ability to multi-task to meet deadlines. Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse group of faculty, staff, post docs, graduate and undergraduate student about techniques and protocols. Ability to lift heavy equipment, including dose carriers, and exchange gas tanks. Knowledge of Radiation Safety regulations and requirements. Ability to ensure compliance with all University, State, and Federal laboratory safety, biosafety, and radiation safety protocols, rules, and guidelines. BS in Biology or related field and experience with working with small animals such as mice and rats, including handling, injections, general physiology and maintenance, and dissections are preferred.

About UCLA Health

For more than half a century, UCLA Health  has provided the best in healthcare and the latest in medical technology to thepeople of Los Angeles and throughout the world. Today we are one of the most comprehensive and advanced healthcare systems in existence. We are comprised of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, and the UCLA Medical Group, with offices throughout the region.

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center is consistently ranked by U.S.News & World Report as one of the top five hospitals in the nation and the best medical center in the western United States. The doctors, scientists and caregivers of UCLA are leaders in their fields. Every day, they perform pioneering work across an astounding range of disciplines, from organ transplantation and cardiac surgery to neurosurgery and cancer treatment. Year after year, our people have achieved medical breakthroughs and earned the highest industry honors. And we’re just getting started.

The dedicated professionals of UCLA Health are committed to healing humankind, one patient at a time, by improving health, alleviating suffering, and delivering acts of kindness on a daily basis.