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: 8560
Salary Grade

Salary Grade 07 for staff working 37.5 hours per week
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Working under moderate supervision, the Research Assistant is responsible for research work related to understanding the pathogenesis of Primary Open Angle Glaucoma. The assistant will conduct research work in medical and related technical areas, which involves use of culturing human trabecular meshwork cells, immunoblotting, handling murine populations, and immunohistochemistry. The research assistant will handle murine populations, measure, and document their intraocular pressure. This position will work with animals.


    Employ use of lab/research skills including culturing human trabecular meshwork cells, immunoblotting, handling murine populations and immunochemistry to understand the pathogenesis of primary open angle glaucoma. (45%) Conduct research on animal murine populations by measuring and documenting intraocular pressure. (15%)Maintain records of experiments, both written (notebook) and electronic. (10%)Maintain test equipment utilized in experiments. (10%)Order laboratory supplies and manage reagents necessary for each experiment. (10%)


    Develop graphics suitable for publication. (5%)Perform other duties as assigned. (5%)


Department: Daily contact with research associate and principle investigator to provide update on research.

University: Occasional contact with other departments conducting similar research within the university at research meetings to share information.

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

Students: Occasional contact with other students who assist with the project to share information.


This position has no direct supervision of staff employees.


Education/Experience: Bachelor’s degree and 0 to 1 year of experience OR Associate’s degree in approved biotechnology program and 0 to 2 years of experience.


    Experience with commonly used concepts, practices and procedures in a laboratory environment.Ability to perform basic laboratory techniques. Relies on instructions and pre-established guidelines to perform the functions of the job. 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.Previous experience working with animals preferred. Prefer prior IACUC mouse training and is completely comfortable with working with mice. Ability to meet consistent attendance. Ability to interact with colleagues and supervisors. Experience with computer software use (e.g. Image J, Excel, PRISM) preferred but not required at the time of hiring.Effective oral and written communication skills. Good interpersonal skills; ability to work and communicate with various individuals within and external to the university.Ability to meet consistent attendance.Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors and customers face to face.


General laboratory environment. May have exposure to hazards such as 14C serotonin, serine protease inhibitors, acrylamide (carcinogen).

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: 11/8/2020
Application Due: 2/6/2021
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