Research Associate 2 - Psychiatry

Miami, Florida
May 04, 2017
Faculty Jobs
Health & Medical
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
The University of Miami is considered among the top tier institutions of higher education in the U.S. for its academic excellence, superior medical care, and cutting-edge research. At the U, we are committed to attracting a talented workforce to support our common purpose of transforming lives through teaching, research, and service. Through our values of Diversity, Integrity, Responsibility, Excellence, Compassion, Creativity and Teamwork (DIRECCT) we strive to create an environment where everyone contributes in making UM a great place to work. We are one of the largest private employers in Miami-Dade County; home to more than 13,400 faculty and staff from all over the world.

The Psychiatry Department is seeking a Research Associate 2. Conducts research and data analysis to advance knowledge of life processes, and develop methodologies andprocedures for medical use in treating diseases.
The Laboratory of Mind Body & Health at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine aims to identify mechanisms by which an individual's immune system can be harnessed to fight disease and maintain health. We apply the principles and techniques of modern science to understand brain-body interactions in healthy and diseased states. We investigate the recently-appreciated beneficial effects of fight-or-flight stress, and also the harmful effects of long-term stress, on immune function and health.JOB DESCRIPTION: We are seeking a Research Associate to join our transdisciplinary team. This person will work on pre-clinical and clinical studies involving cutting-edge research on the effects of GOOD versus BAD stress in the context of surgery, vaccination, and cancer treatment. Opportunities for training, growth, independence, authorship, and lab management responsibilities will be provided if appropriate. The Research Associate will interact closely with the Principal Investigator, other lab members, and collaborators.

  • The Research Associate is the entry-level research professional position. Appointees will support research activities at the University.
  • The Research Associate will understand and interpret research protocols and procedures. The Research Associate will work under the direction of a principal investigator, program director or designee of the principal investigator or program director, such as a Sr. Research Associate or above.
  • Appointees are expected to use some creativity and latitude in performing research tasks.
  • Promotion to higher levels is not automatic as a result of longevity in position. Rather, promotion requires increased duties and responsibilities, a recommendation by the appointing department, and approval by the appropriate Human Resources Office.
  • Appointees will contribute to basic and applied research activities, participate in the publication of significant results, and advance their expertise through education, training and/or research experience.
  • Appointees are not expected to write extramural proposals nor independently to gain such support.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

  • The minimum requirements are as follows: The position requires a bachelor’s degree in biology, biochemistry, neuroscience, or related field. Minimum two (2) years of professional laboratory experience required. Experience and independence with ELISA, flow cytometry, and Microsoft Excel, is required. Experience working with mice, quantitative PCR, gene expression arrays, Microsoft Excel macros, and conducting statistical analyses, is desirable. The RA must be able to keep abreast of the latest literature, methods and techniques, in the field, think critically, multitask efficiently, execute protocols and requests precisely, communicate clearly, exhibit sound judgment, and work well with others. Straightforwardness, honesty, and reliability are essential. The RA must be willing to work flexible hours depending on experiments and assays. Excellent listening, comprehension, and English language written and oral communication skills are essential. Bilingual in English and Spanish is desirable. An appropriate combination of relevant education, experience and/or certifications will be considered.

    UHealth-University of Miami Health System, South Florida's only university-based health system, provides leading-edge patient care powered by the ground breaking research and medical education at the Miller School of Medicine. As an academic medical center, we are proud to serve South Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean. Our physicians represent more than 100 specialties and sub-specialties, and have more than one million patient encounters each year. Our tradition of excellence has earned worldwide recognition for outstanding teaching, research and patient care. We're the challenge you've been looking for.The University of Miami offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package including medical and dental benefits, tuition remission, vacation, paid holidays and much more. The University of Miami is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action-Veteran/Disability Employer. Come join us!

    Patient safety is a top priority. As a result, during the Influenza ("the flu") season (September through April), the University of Miami School of Medicine requires all employees who provide ongoing services to patients, work in a location (all Hospitals and clinics) where patient care is provided, or work in patient care or clinical care areas, to have an annual influenza vaccination. Failure to meet this requirement will result in rescinding or termination of employment.


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