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: 8549

Working under moderate supervision, perform research work in medical and related technical. The research assistant will manage and process biospecimens associated with Cancer Center clinical trials.


    Perform research work in medical and related technical areas involves use of lab skills. Acquire, track, and process biospecimens for Cancer Center clinical trials. Utilize established methods to accommodate the requirements for each individual trial. (20%) Conduct analysis of samples. Perform processing methods including isolation of serum, plasma, peripheral blood mononuclear cells, DNA, and RNA. Prepare these biospecimens for analysis from clinical specimens. (20%) Record results. Coordinate logistics for clinical specimens among Cancer Center facilities and numerous collaborating academic and pharmaceutical industry facilities. Package and ship biospecimens using proper IATA protocols both nationally and internationally. (20%) Maintain records of experiments. Coordinate with multiple Cancer Center clinical trial teams to acquire and distribute pathology specimens. Contact hospital pathology departments locally and across the country. Prepare pathology specimens for analysis. Package and ship pathology specimens using proper IATA protocol nationally and internationally. (20%)Maintain test equipment utilized in experiments. Package and ship pathology specimens using proper IATA protocol nationally and internationally. (7%)Order laboratory supplies, laboratory equipment, and reagents to maintain an adequate supply. (8%)


Perform other duties as assigned. (5%)


Department: Daily contact with research nurses and study coordinators to resolve routine operational issues related to processing and pathology requests; procurement officials for ordering supplies to maintain workflow.

University: Monthly contact to receive supplies from Case Shipping to exchange information.

External: Weekly contact for shipping and receiving supplies from other labs/companies to exchange information.

Students: Little or no contact with students.


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.


    Ability to perform general biomedical laboratory techniques including sterile technique and basic cell biology protocols. Excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills; must demonstrate the ability to effectively and professionally communicate and work with various individuals from a broad spectrum of disciplines, technical and educational backgrounds within the department, school and university, and with individuals outside the university. Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors and customers face to face. Ability to meet consistent attendance. Strong organization skills; ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet deadlines. Must demonstrate attention to detail and accuracy, time management skills, and follow-through. 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. Effective problem-solving skills; must demonstrate excellent analytical skills, sound judgment and good decision-making. Must demonstrate flexibility and ability to work under pressure; must be able and willing to work in a fast-paced, changing environment, and conform to shifting priorities, demands and timeline. Willingness and ability to rely on and follow instructions and pre-established guidelines to perform the functions of the job. Ability to operate laboratory equipment. Centrifuges, plate readers, spectrophotometers, pipettors, scales, pH meters & laminar flow hoods. Proficiency in Microsoft Office and database management.Must demonstrate willingness to learn new techniques, procedures, processes, and computer programs as needed.


General laboratory environment. Employee will be exposed to bloodborne pathogens and chemicals. Employee will need to wear appropriate protective equipment such as gloves, coat, and eyewear.

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: 11/19/2020
Application Due: 2/17/2021
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