Research Assistant Â
Number of Vacancies
06 - School of Medicine Â
Typical work environment may include a laboratory and/ or office environment. May require working non-standard business hours including evenings and weekends. May be required to travel to scientific conferences.
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Essential Functions (Job Duties)
Perform laboratory based scientific techniques or clinical/population science (human subjects) research. Design and perform experiments, recruit participants for studies by developing surveys and interviewing candidates. Participate in implementing research objectives, ensuring compliance with all legal, regulatory and protocol guidelines. Assist staff with experiments/research protocols as required. Communicate with principal investigator and Postdoctoral scholars/fellows on the status of research.
Collect and log laboratory results, clinical outcomes and/or survey data. Evaluate and perform data analysis using graphs, charts or tables to highlight the key points of the research results collected in accordance with the research protocols as stipulated. Proofread and edit research data and documents to ensure accuracy.
Assist principal investigator with writing methods and summarizing/organizing data to be used in preparing and presenting presentations for professional, scientific and academic conferences and submittal to academic and scholarly peer-reviewed journals.
Maintain the laboratory work areas including routine maintenance on laboratory equipment as required. Order and organize required research supplies and records. Maintain cleanliness and organization of work station.
Perform other related duties as assigned. Â
Using lab protocols to extract DNA and RNA from biological specimens.
Qualitative and quantitative analysis of DNA and RNA using spectrophotometry and Pico-Green assay.
Maintaining specimen logs and databases.
Cutting paraffin-embedded tumor blocks, making H&E slides and immunohistochemical staining. Â
Bachelor's degree in a related field of study, preferred.
Requires advanced knowledge predominantly intellectual in character in a field of science or learning acquired by a prolonged course of specialized intellectual instruction.
Experience performing basic research techniques or interacting with human subjects, preferred.
Ability to work independently. Ability to analyze, summarize and interpret research findings and data in reports and spreadsheets and communicate results. Knowledge of scientific integrity principles. Excellent time management and organization skills.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and demonstrated ability to work with others in a collaborative environment. Microsoft office software skills. Â
Lab experience in an academic research setting preferred.
Strong organizational skills, initiative and follow-through, and must work well as part of a team.
Must maintain confidentiality at all times and sign a confidentiality pledge. Â
Fractional Time Â
Research Assistants/Associates Â
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(When job is posted in the system)
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(or until suitable candidate is found)
Is this position reposted?
None (New Posting) Â
Background Check Requirements
University policy requires certain persons who are offered employment to undergo a background check, including a criminal history check, before starting to work. If you are offered employment, the University will inform you if a background check is required. Â
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