Research Assistant 1

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Job Title: Research Assistant 1
Location: Case Main Campus
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 8482

Working under moderate supervision, the Research Assistant 1 will perform research work in molecular cell biology related areas involving the use of lab/ research skills with genetics, epigenetics, molecular biology and tissue culture focus. The research assistant will construct plasmids and perform molecular biology, biochemical and cell biology assays. This position will also participate in the analysis of experimental data including high-throughput sequencing data.


    Perform research work in medical and related technical areas involves use of lab skills. Perform research work using standard techniques of molecular biology/biochemistry and cell culture (PCR, DNA analysis, protein analysis, retroviral/lentiviral construct and cloning/sub-cloning). (45%)Conduct analysis of samples. Generate, maintain and analyze tissue culture cell lines, DNA, RNA and protein samples for experimental purposes. (20%) Collect and record results from molecular biology, biochemistry and cell culture assays. (10%)Maintain records of experiments. Maintain clear and organized notebooks documenting procedures used and all data generated. (10%)Maintain test equipment utilized in experiments. Perform routine lab maintenance including cleaning equipment and lab ware; dispose of biohazardous waste. (5%)Order laboratory and reagents. Maintain chemical/biological inventory in compliance with Environmental Health and Safety. (10%)


Perform other duties as assigned. (<1%)


Department: Daily contact with supervisor and lab members to discuss research and maintain workflow.

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

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

Students: Occasional contact with student employees to explain policies and procedures.


This position has no direct supervision of staff employees.


Education/Experience: Bachelor’s degree in biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology or related fields and 0 to 1 year of experience or Associate’s degree in an approved biotechnology program and 0 to 2 years of experience required.


    Knowledge of commonly used concepts, practices and procedures within the biomedical science field. Ability to rely on instructions and pre-established guidelines to perform the functions of the job. Ability to operate laboratory equipment.Strong molecular biology skills (PCR, Western blotting and molecular cloning).Strong organization skills and good habit of maintaining a clean lab working environment; demonstrate attention to detail and accuracy, time management skills and proven ability to successfully follow through on assigned projects.Professional and effective verbal and written communication skills and good interpersonal skills with the ability to work and communicate with various individuals within and external to the university.Ability to work effectively independently and collaboratively within a team (must be highly motivated, responsible, dependable and a self-starter).Ability to work with sensitive information and maintain confidentiality.Ability to maintain meticulous, complete and easily retrievable laboratory data.Ability to willingly learn new techniques and procedures as needed, follow established protocols or laboratory procedures and request clarification if necessary.Ability to meet consistent attendance.Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors and customers face to face and remotely.


General laboratory environment: The lab is an open floor plan with abundant bench and desk space, and state-of-the-art equipment for molecular biology experiments and one fume hood for storage of hazardous and non-hazardous materials. The cell culture room nearby is equipped with incubators and culture hoods. The candidate should expect frequent interactions with lab members and must be willing to collaborate.

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: 10/9/2020
Application Due: 3/25/2021
Work Type: Full Time