Research Assistant 2 (part-time, TERM)

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Job Title: Research Assistant 2 (part-time, TERM)
Location: Case Main Campus
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Part-Time
Job ID: 8470

This position is part-time working 18.75 hours per week.

Working under general supervision, plan and carry out research projects in accordance with general plans. The research objective of the projects in the lab will be to understand the embryonic development of skull bone. The research assistant will be in charge of dissections, processing tissues, histology, genotyping and helping with the care of animals. This is a part-time, one-year term position.


    Conduct a series of experiments to supply scientific information as part of a larger project. Manage mouse colony husbandry, time matings, collect tissues, process tissues, genotype embryos and mice, make stock solutions and reagents to support these experiments. (40%)May assist in developing improved techniques and procedures. Focus on improving histology and imaging techniques. (10%)Collect and analyze data. Collect embryos, generate cryosections, perform gene expression analysis on tissues and do confocal imaging. The focus will be on mouse craniofacial embryonic development (25%)Maintain certain equipment facilities and lab organization. Keep equipment clean and functional. If equipment needs repair, contact company and follow instructions. Oversee inventory of lab chemicals, consumables and safety related materials. (15%)Train new staff in common methods of the lab. Direct the work of students who need guidance in learning new techniques and the general up keep of the laboratory. (10%)


Perform other duties as assigned. (<1%)


Department: Daily contact with administrative support staff in the biology department and the students in the lab. Frequent interactions with members of other labs in the university to discuss research. Daily contact with supervisor to discuss research and maintain workflow on projects, troubleshooting and animal breeding.

University: Occasional contact with other departments and collaborators to share information.

External: Limited or no contact with vendors to exchange information for trouble shooting and repairs.

Students: Regular contact with students for training and to exchange information.


This position has no direct supervision of staff employees. Train new staff; direct the work of students.


Education/Experience: Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry or other science and 1 to 3 years of related experience or Associate's degree in an approved biotechnology program and 2 to 4 years of experience required. An advanced course in Developmental Biology preferred.


    Knowledge of commonly used biology concepts, lab practices and molecular biology procedures within a particular field. Ability to rely on instructions and pre-established guidelines to perform the functions of the job. Previous experience working with animals preferred. Basic experience in mouse or small animal husbandry work and molecular biology laboratory setting. 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.Knowledge of math, computer, basic chemistry, some molecular biology techniques. Professional and effective verbal and written communication skills.Experience with PCR, mouse genetics work, histology, immunohistochemistry, confocal imaging and gel electrophoresis preferred.Ability to operate laboratory equipment.Ability to meet consistent attendance.Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors and customers face to face.


General laboratory environment in Millis Building and in the Animal Resource Center in Wolstein building. Access to a shared computer, sitting and desk space. One common area in Millis Building and access to shared instrumentation facilities in the building complex. Ability to travel to the mouse facility in Wolstein building on campus. Ability to sit for long periods of time (2 to 3 hours) for cryosectioning and imaging. If needed, travel to the confocal core facility in the Robbins building in the medical school. Work with small quantities (less than 10 mls) of 4% paraformaldehyde in the hood and oral gavaging Tamoxifen to adult mice. There is no external travel. Ability to work additional hours as needed to complete experiments, the hours may vary.

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 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.

Term Position

This is a Term position. They are treated like regular staff positions for medical and dental benefits eligibility, vacation, holidays, and sick time. Term employees are not eligible for life insurance, retirement, long term disability, short term disability, tuition assistance, layoff status, or severance pay. Staff in term positions are also subject to the performance management review process and positive corrective action when work performance or behavior is unsatisfactory or unacceptable. Term employment does not alter the employment-at-will employee status of these employees.


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 Equity at 216-368-3066 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: 10/23/2020
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