Research Assistant I

East Lansing MI
Mar 07, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Position Summary

The Arora Lab in the Department of Obstetrics Gynecology and Reproductive Biology and the Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering at Michigan State University is seeking a Research Assistant who will assist in: maintaining animal colony and performing animal surgeries, gene expression analysis using RNA extraction and RNA-sequencing; data analysis and scientific writing. Work in the lab focuses on understanding maternal-fetal interactions during early stages of embryonic development using classical developmental biology tools, mouse genetic mutants and 3- Dimensional uterine imaging ( The lab also focuses on developing new tools to further developmental biology and reproductive biology research.

Job duties include, but are not limited to, mouse colony management and mouse surgeries; processing tissue for RNA isolation; assist in gene expression data analysis and compilation; immunofluorescence, calibration and maintenance of laboratory equipment; and maintaining and updating laboratory protocols. 

Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills

Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in a related science field; one to three years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in basic laboratory techniques; or an equivalent combination of education and experience; the job may require specialty certifications, approvals, or training; may require successful completion/continued maintenance of accessibility standards.

Desired Qualifications

Desired qualifications include a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences, or a related field; at least one to two years of hands-on experience in bench research in a laboratory environment; previous experience managing research projects independently; broad understanding of equipment and technologies used in Biomedical Research; willingness to learn and perform mouse husbandry and animal surgery, working experience with mice is a must; willingness to learn new laboratory techniques and procedures is essential; proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite; an interest in learning programming for sequence analysis is a plus; cooperative, enthusiastic and team-oriented individual with good organizational and troubleshooting skills, attention to detail and thoroughness in record keeping; ability to take initiative in maintaining, and improving lab operations; excellent oral and written communication skills. This is a 2 year, Off Dated position with the possibility of extension based on funding.

Required Application Materials

Please submit cover letter, CV, names and contact information of three references.

Work Hours


Description of End Date

This is an off-dated position funded for two years from the date of hire with possible extension contingent upon funding renewal.

Summary of Health Risks

-Work with animals or unfixed animal tissue.

Bidding Eligibility Ends 03/13/2018 @ 11:55 PM