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: 8522
Strong Internal Identified

A strong internal candidate has been identified.


Working under moderate supervision, the Research Assistant 1 will perform research work and support scientists by performing standard molecular techniques (PCR, electrophoresis, DNA, RNA extraction), primary neuron / cell culture work, animal work, tissue processing (immunohistochemistry) and general lab maintenance. The research assistant will also collect, verify, record and compile data and information related to the ongoing research carried out in the lab to investigate synapse development in transgenic mice and primary cultured neurons. This position will work with animals.


    Perform research work using standard techniques of molecular biology/biochemistry and cell culture, PCR, DNA analysis, protein analysis, adeno-associated viral construct and cloning/sub-cloning. (20%) Perform mouse genotyping, mating and colony maintenance. Organize mouse information and update database system. (20%)Collect and record histological experimental data and cell culture experiments. Organize raw data and update lab-related data folders. (20%)Maintain clear and organized notebooks documenting procedures used and experimental data generated. Maintain accurate records in our database system of all animal samples. (20%)Perform routine lab maintenance including cleaning equipment and lab ware; dispose of biohazardous waste. (10%)Maintain stock reagents, supplies and inventory as needed for certain experiments. (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 science 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 of molecular biology/ biochemistry (PCR, Western blots, cloning/sub-cloning).Ability to on instructions and pre-established guidelines to perform the functions of the job.Ability to operate laboratory equipment.Ability to meet consistent attendance.Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors and customers face to face. Must demonstrate compliance with Case Western Reserve University animal research and care (ARC) policies and procedure 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 working with animals preferred.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.Proficiency in Microsoft Office and GraphPad Prism is preferred. Experience using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator is a plus.Must have the ability to maintain meticulous, complete and easily retrievable laboratory data.Must have the ability to willingly learn new techniques and procedures as needed, follow established protocols or laboratory procedures and request clarification if necessary.


General laboratory environment, including work with exposure to hazardous chemicals, potential bloodborne pathogens and radioactive materials. Occasional heavy lifting required up 25 to 49lbs. This position will work with animals and will deal with job hazards such as being around moving machinery, blood borne pathogens, chemicals, fumes, dust, infectious agents and being present in restricted areas.

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 SOM 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 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: 10/14/2020
Application Due: 10/21/2020
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