Research Assistant 3

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Job Title: Research Assistant 3
Location: Case Main Campus
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 8485

Working under limited supervision, the Research Assistant 3 will conduct detailed characterizations of mice with deficiencies in different cholesterol-related proteins. This position is important for successful accomplishment of the NIH funded R01 grant. This position will work with animals.


    Work closely with the principal investigator to carry out a variety of ophthalmology-specific research assignments. Conduct lab/research activities including but not limited to in vivo retinal imaging by spectral domain optical coherence tomography, fluorescein angiography and fundus imaging; in vitro research including but not limited to Western blot, qRT-PCR, histo- and immunohistochemistry in accordance with general plans. Record results of conducted experiments. Maintain test equipment utilized in experiments (72%) Participate in development of new protocols and techniques for research projects involving a high degree of skill. (6%)Test adequacy of techniques; study and test new techniques, and analyze the data obtained. (6%)May supervise students and technicians (6%).


    May research the laboratory budget/financial issues. (2.5%)May co-author research projects. (2.5%) Perform other duties as assigned. (5%)


Department: Daily contact with supervisor to discuss research/lab assignments.

University: Occasional contact with other departments to share information and collaborate on projects.

External: Limited or no contact with vendors to exchange information.

Students: Contact with student employees to provide training or direct research.


May supervise students and technicians.


Experience: 3 to 5 years of experience in biomedical research required.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in related science field required.


    Ability to work with and sacrifice mice, no allergies to animals.Must demonstrate compliance with Case Western Reserve University animal research and care (ARC) policies and procedures and compliance to regulations of the Animal Welfare Act, Public Health Service Policy, AAALAC guidelines and other applicable regulatory guidelines. Must demonstrate compassion for animals within Case Western Reserve University facilities and dedication to the Animal Resource Center’s mission. Must handle animals with care and respect at all times. Must be able and willing to learn new techniques, procedures, processes, and computer gear to protect the health of the animals. Previous experience in working with animals is required.Knowledge of the eye anatomy and function, understanding of the principles of spectral domain optical coherence tomography and fluorescein angiography, ability to perform Western blot, qRT-PCT, histo- and immunohistochemistry. Highly responsible, careful, and motivated with good organizational, lab maintenance, and planning skills.Ability to effectively communicate (written and/or orally) with others.Ability to manage time effectively, and coordinate work on several ongoing projects.Ability to rely on instructions and pre-established guidelines to perform the functions of the job.Ability to operate laboratory equipment.Ability to work effectively independently and collaboratively within a team.Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Excel.Willingness to learn new techniques, procedures, processes and computer programs as needed.Ability to interact effectively with colleagues and supervisors face to face.Ability to meet consistent attendance.


General laboratory environment. May have exposure to hazards including routine laboratory chemicals and solvents, animals, bloodborne pathogens, chemicals, FBI check, and laser. The lab has abundant bench space for animal handling and manipulations. Desk space with a computers is also provided. The lab is equipped with two shared fume hood for storage of hazardous and non-hazardous materials. Some weekend work will be required.

Case Western Reserve University's animal facilities are accredited by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) and is managed according to the "Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals” appropriate Federal Animal Welfare Regulations, and the Public Health Service “Policy on the Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals." This position, and all animal research personnel, are subject to internal compliance to School of Medicine Animal Resource Center Standard Operating Procedures and to compliance regulations of the Animal Welfare Act, Public Health Service Policy, AAALAC guidelines, the State of Ohio Veterinary Practice Act, Federal Drug Enforcement Administration regulatory guidelines, US Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine regulations and other applicable regulatory guidelines.

Diversity Statement

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Reasonable Accommodations

Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 216-368-8877 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.





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Posted: 10/6/2020
Application Due: 12/5/2020
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