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Lab Processing Assistant

Job Summary
The lab assistant will be responsible for working within the Clinical Core’s processing lab. The assistant will receive both internal and external whole blood samples and process the samples while adhering to the specified protocols. Processing protocols will include but not be limited to PBMC isolation, buffy coat processing, leukapheresis processing, RNA/DNA extraction, and cryopreservation. The lab assistant will be responsible for coordinating and transferring cryopreserved samples to the appropriate laboratories. Other duties will include lab maintenance, preparing media and reagents, ordering lab supplies, record keeping in multiple data bases and provide additional assistance within the core.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities
• Receive and check in whole blood samples as they are delivered to the institute
• Confirm validity and identify discrepancies of incoming samples
• PBMC isolation and cryopreservation
• Enter patient demographics/information utilizing multiple database systems
• Accurately label, centrifuge, aliquot, and document samples and sample types
• Sort, organize and deliver samples within the institute or store for future use
• Maintain a clean, well-stocked, and organized work area
• Follow all standard operating procedures including safety and quality standards
• Interact with research staff in an effort to process samples in accordance with the procedures of each lab

Job Qualifications
• Blood Processing experience
• General knowledge of lab equipment and aseptic technique
• Cell culture experience
• High School Diploma or equivalent; prefer College-level science background
• Attention to detail and effective written and verbal communication
• Able to handle repetitive and stressful situations caused by high volume and deadlines
• Must be able to adjust schedule to meet business unit requirements, which may include extended hours or early/late shifts
• Work effectively and maintain organization while in a fast paced environment by multi-tasking and delegating or asking for help when necessary

How to Apply:
Interested candidates should send their resume to be considered. Apply here

About LJI:
In 2016, LJI was ranked as one of the best places to work in San Diego by the San Diego Business Journal. The Institute hosts 24 world-renowned faculty and over 70 postdoctoral researchers hailing from 21 different countries. LJI is located in the Science Research Park on the campus of UC San Diego, with easy access to the San Diego life sciences community and all that the area has to offer.

Full-time employment at LJI includes a competitive salary, medical/dental/vision benefits, paid vacation/sick leave, and contributions to a retirement plan (403B).

LJI provides Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) to all employees and applicants regardless of race, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, veteran status, sexual orientation, or pregnancy. This applies to all personnel practices, including recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, transfers, educational assistance, and social and recreational programs.