Research Associate

Wayne State University

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Research Associate
Detroit, MI, United States
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Research Associate


We are searching for an experienced Research Associate at our Detroit campus location.

Wayne State University is a premier, public, urban research university located in the heart of Detroit where students from all backgrounds are offered a rich, high quality education. Our deep rooted commitment to excellence, collaboration, integrity, diversity and inclusion creates exceptional educational opportunities preparing students for success in a diverse, global society.


Essential Functions (Job Duties):

Under the direction of the Principal Investigator, provide scientific and technical assistance to
complete laboratory based, clinical or population science research.  May assist in writing research protocols and in manuscript preparation.  Design and perform research protocols independently or as directed through training in more difficult or specialized procedures to meet the needs of the research protocol.

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.

Prepare and present presentations regarding research results for professional, scientific and academic conferences.  Summarize and organize data results for submittal to academic and scholarly, peer-reviewed journals.  Write scientific manuscripts and other documents for publication. Fact-check, proofread, and edit research documents to ensure accuracy.

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.


Unique Duties:

Conduct research experiments in the field of pancreatic development and pancreatic cancer. Collect and analyze data, maintain complete and organized records. Assist in the writing of manuscripts, grant applications, and institutional protocols (IBC, IACUC). Contribute to lab and equipment maintenance. Assist in the supervision of a lab technologist. Other duties as assigned, which include attending scientific conferences and meetings.



Bachelor's degree

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.  
Experienced (minimum 2 years of job-related experience)

Experience performing basic research techniques, preferred.

Ability to work independently.  Ability to analyze, summarize and interpret research findings in reports and communicate results. Knowledge of scientific integrity principles. Excellent time management and organization skills.  Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work with others in a collaborative environment.  Microsoft office software skills.


Preferred Qualifications:

A record of peer-reviewed publications. Excellent presentation and scientific writing skills. Expertise in developmental and/or cancer biology. Essential skills in histological methods and molecular techniques related to DNA/RNA/protein analyses. Experience in working with genetically engineered mouse models. Some experience in the computational analysis of RNA and ChIP-Seq data sets and CRISPR/Cas-based gene editing.



H06 - School of Medicine


Primary Department:

H0632 - Oncology


Job Type: Full Time


Job Category: Research


Funding/Salary Information:

          Compensation Type: Annual Salary

          Hourly Rate:

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          Salary Hire Maximum:


Working Conditions:

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.


Job Openings: 1


Reposted Position: No

Reposted Reason: None (New Requisition)

Prior Posting/Requisition Number:


Background Check Requirements:

University policy requires certain persons who are offered employment to undergo a background check, including a criminal history check, before starting work.  If you are offered employment, the University will inform you if a background check is required.


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

Wayne State University provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. WSU encourages applications from women, people of color, and other underrepresented people. Wayne State is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

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