Research Assistant I

East Lansing
Apr 26, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Position Summary

Position is in a laboratory with cutting-edge research in stem cell biology, mammalian reproduction,and developmental biology.  The ideal candidate will be expected to perform and document a variety of tasks in a timely, accurate, and detailed manner, meet with the PI on a weekly basis, and provide support to graduate students and postdocs in the lab.  Tasks may include, but are not limited to: molecular and cellular assays, such as molecular cloning, cell infection, flow cytometry, primary cell line derivation, etc. Other duties may include mouse husbandry, breeding, animal surgery,and embryo/tissue collection. Candidate will adhere to policies of regulatory compliance and good laboratory practices. Candidate will be responsible for design and production of power point presentations, editing grant applications and manuscripts, preparing periodic progress reports, and other reporting activities.  Candidate will work with computer programmer and bioinformatics specialists to coordinate data acquisition, database building, and website development as key components of a research resource.  Candidate will assist with ordering supplies, maintaining supply inventory and equipment, training and supervising student employees, and tracking laboratory expenditures, maintaining and documenting lab cleanliness and safety standards. 

Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills

Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in biology or related field; one to three years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in a research setting; experience with molecular and cell biology techniques, aseptic techniques, assay validation, cell culture, laboratory record keeping, simple data analysis and quality control; experience in developing a variety of written reports and oral presentations; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Desired Qualifications

Master's degree, experience in molecular biology including nucleic acid purification and quantitation, protein detection and quantitation, cell culture, statistical data analysis, laboratory information systems, sample tracking,and reagent validation; experience in animal surgery, embryo dissection,cell isolation, and experience in assay validation and laboratory data management; and familiarity with essential software including Microsoft Office, Photoshop, etc. Skills and evidence desired also include:

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong time management and organizational skills

  • Evidence of prior leadership experience

  • Evidence of enthusiasm to master and explore new techniques

  • Evidence of accurate performance and attention to detail

  • Evidence of successful completion of prior research goals

  • Evidence of accurate and detailed record-keeping

  • Evidence of high quality performance in relevant undergraduate courses


Required Application Materials

Resume/CV, Cover Letter, Transcripts or other evidence of training related to molecular, cellular or developmental biology, biochemistry, animal training, stem cell manipulation, etc.


Provide contact information of three references.


Special Instructions

Optional:  Work/Writing Sample

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Description of End Date

This is an off-dated position funded one year from date of hire with possible extension contingent upon funding renewal.

Summary of Health Risks

Duties associated with this position involve working with animals or unfixed animal tissue and small amount of para formaldehyde, ethidium bromide used in fume hood. 


Bidding Eligibility Ends on 5/2/17 at 11:55 PM.


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