Research Assistant 3
Job Title: Research Assistant 3
Location: Case Main Campus
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 8749
Working under limited supervision, coordinate research work in medical and related technical activities of ongoing diagnostic and research work by coordinating technical support functions for a lab dedicated to research and diagnostic work on prion diseases.
1. Plan, coordinate and implement complex research projects and diagnostic work. Provide significant input to primary investigator regarding research development. (20%)
2. Perform accurate, high quality benchwork including Western blotting, DNA isolation, gel electrophoresis in one- and two- dimensions and ELISA. (20%)
3. Coordinate, prepare, and conduct analysis of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and brain tissue. (20%)
4. Develop improved research techniques, protocols and procedures for research projects involving a high degree of skill and training. Evaluate adequacy of techniques; carry out more complex research relating to prion disease utilizing new and innovative techniques for diagnostic testing. Study and test new procedures and analyzes data of diagnostic testing. (30%)
5. Train new laboratory technicians and student employees. Track orders and inventory, oversee stock and solutions. (5%)
6. May co-author research projects. May monitor the laboratory budget (5%)
Perform other duties as assigned.
Department: Reports directly to the Manager and Director of the Division. Frequent contact with other members of the research group, graduate student research assistants, student employees, and other personnel, in addition to faculty and postdoctoral fellows.
University: Occasional contact with faculty and staff in the CWRU School of Medicine and numerous support and service departments.
External: Limited or no contact with vendors to exchange information.
Students: Contact with student employees.
May supervise students and technicians
Experience: 3 to 5 years of related experience required.
Education/Licensing: Bachelor’s degree in science, preferably biology, biochemistry or molecular biology.
1. Ability to perform technical skills including western blotting, immunoprecipitation, protein purification, DNA extraction and gel electrophoresis 1-D and 2-D.
2. Must be well organized and capable of setting priorities while maintaining consistent attention to accuracy and quality.
3. Must be motivated to explore and learn new laboratory techniques.
4. Ability to work under pressure, multi-task, is a team player.
5. Must be able to teach laboratory techniques to other technicians.
6. Ability to meet consistent attendance and punctuality.
7. Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors and customers face-to-face.
8. Ability to operate laboratory equipment.
General laboratory environment. May have exposure to hazards, including but not limited to blood borne pathogens and chemical reagents. Standard laboratory conditions with some hazardous chemicals. Special hazards include biohazardous (potentially infectious) human brain material.
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