The Research Assistant II is responsible for all lab functions in support of the Principal Investigatorâ™s (PI) and Senior Staff Scientist in performing duties including performing advanced cell culture techniques, assisting with experimental design and direction, supervising lab staff (junior technicians, students and volunteers), training staff in cell culture and molecular biology techniques and all other techniques as necessary, equipment upkeep and repair, ensuring compliance with all Salk policies, working with supervisor to achieve specific research goals. Incumbent is also responsible to act as lab representative/point person regarding lab issues, and ensuring lab safety.
Works on problems in which analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of various factors. Exercises judgment within defined practices and policies in selecting methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria for obtaining results. May help to determine methods and procedures on new assignments. May provide supervision, training and guidance to lower level personnel in the future. Work is done under supervision.
Bachelorâ™s degree in biological sciences or related field
Satisfactory completion of the Instituteâ™s background investigation.
Willing to sign a confidentiality agreement
Must be willing to work in an animal-related research environment.
Must be willing to work with human and non-human primate primary cell lines, pluripotent stem cells and complete all appropriate associated training.
Must be able to work with viral vectors (such as lentivirus and retrovirus) and complete all appropriate associated training.
Able to work a flexible schedule based on research needs and deadlines.
This position requires constant adjusting focus, grasping, hearing, keying, seeing, sitting, talking, analyzing, calculating, communicating, reading, reasoning, writing, confined areas and working inside.
Salk scientists are dedicated to innovative biological research. The Salk Institute consistently ranks among the leading research institutions in the world for its faculty's contributions and the impact of their findings. Focused both on discovery and on mentoring future generations of researchers, Salk scientists make groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of cancer, aging, Alzheimer's, diabetes and infectious diseases by studying neuroscience, genetics, cell and plant biology, and related disciplines. "We lead biological research. We prize discovery. Salk is where cures begin."Overlooking the Pacific Ocean in La Jolla, the Salk Institute offers a warm, collegial and collaborative work environment, where employees enjoy a generous benefits program. Social activities on campus encourage interaction as a community.