Research Assistant 2
Job Title: Research Assistant 2
Location: Case Main Campus
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 8751
Job Description Position Objective
- Plan and carry out research projects that characterize the roles of myofilament contractile proteins in the regulation of cardiac muscle contraction. Prepare and present research results in lab meetings. (15%) Conduct a series of experiments to supply scientific information as part of a larger project. Collect, quantify and analyze data from general molecular biology experiments, including design and implement cloning strategies, PCR analysis, mutagenesis, expression levels of cardiac proteins by various gel electrophoresis techniques and western blotting; gel purification, plasmid preparation, bacterial transformation and bacterial culture in order to express highly purified recombinant proteins for biophysical experiments. (70%)May assist in developing improved techniques, projection methods or procedures related to immunostaining of whole heart sections, isolated muscle fibers and myofibrils. Train new staff; direct the work of students. (10%) Oversee inventory and standard operating procedures. Maintain lab records. Maintain equipment, prepare buffer/media/reagents and dispose biohazardous waste. (5%)
- Knowledge of commonly used concepts, practices and procedures in chemistry, physics, biochemistry and molecular/cellular biology and in vivo cardiovascular function. Experience with computer programming and molecular dynamic simulation preferred.Able to perform various molecular biology techniques. Prior experience with cell culture and protein expression/purification. Ability to follow instructions and pre-established guidelines to perform the functions of the job with minimal supervision.Strong organization skills and maintain a laboratory notebook, attention to scientific detail.Ability to multitask, prioritize and give attention to detail in order to complete tasks and meet deadlines.Ability to effectively operate basic molecular and cellular biology laboratory equipment Ability to problem solve effectively and assist in the development and implementation of alternative solutions as needed. Must demonstrate good judgment and logical decision making.Ability to work effectively, both independently and collaboratively within a team.Ability to learn and apply new techniques, ideas, processes, policies, functions, etc. Must be highly motivated and a self-starter.Ability to conform to shifting priorities, demands and timelines. Must be flexible in order to respond to project adjustments and alterations promptly and efficiently. Must be able to adapt to varying workloads and respond appropriately to stressful situations.Excellent verbal and written communication skills; good interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with colleagues and supervisors face to face.Ability to follow through on assigned projects and provide timely follow-up as needed.Ability to meet consistent attendance.
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