Research Assistant

Providence, Rhode Island
Apr 26, 2021
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Research Assistant


Department of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry


Brown University, Providence, RI






The Research Assistant is responsible for research support of the Principal Investigator’s (PI) studies along with duties involving molecular biology, biochemistry, protein production, purification, and protein crystallization. Duties include performing molecular biology and biochemistry for protein production, purification, and for biochemical assays, as well as some protein crystallization, assisting the other lab members with experimental design and direction. Incumbent is also responsible for assisting with maintaining lab materials including plasmid DNA, strain stocks and custom primer data, inventory lists, and freezer/fridge contents, ordering and receiving, equipment upkeep and repair, ensuring compliance with all Brown policies, and working with collaborators to achieve specific research goals.




The candidate will work in the laboratory of Dr. Alexandra Deaconescu that has access to a state-of-the-art structural biology facility at Brown and is equipped with liquid handling robots, and instrumentation suitable for X-ray diffraction, as well as other facilities for macromolecular biophysical characterization. Examples of work from the lab ( are: Brugger et al, Nature Communications (2020), Dorich et al, Genes & Development (2019), Vemu et al. Science (2018), Le TT et al. Cell (2018), Deaconescu et al. Photochemistry and Photobiology (2017), Kutter et al. JMB (2016), Szyk et al, Cell (2014), Deaconescu et al., PNAS (2012), Szyk et al., NSMB (2012) and Deaconescu et al., TIBS (2013) and Deaconescu et al., Cell (2006).]


This is a fixed term position with a current end date of 12/31/21 which may be extended based upon available funding.




Job Qualifications


Education and Experience


Required: Bachelor’s degree in Biological sciences or related discipline (grade 7). Bachelor’s degree with 1 – 2 years relevant laboratory experience (grade 8).


Or, equivalent combination of education and experience.


Experience with PCR, primer design and cloning is preferred.


Experience with protein purification is preferred.




Job Competencies


Teamwork: Must be willing and able to provide technical support to laboratory personnel.


Organizational: Must see to maintenance and organization of laboratory research activities.


Ability to perform complex experiments and techniques with high levels of reliability and accuracy within time constraints.


Interpersonal: Must interact well with other laboratory personnel, with members of the University community, and with outside vendors.


Must be able to multitask between tasks and projects and complete tasks in a timely manner.


The person in this position frequently communicates to faculty and staff who inquire about their research. Must be able to exchange accurate information.


This is a 37.5 hour per week position.  Must be willing to work an adjusted schedule to support research needs.


Possesses a willingness and ability to support a diverse and inclusive campus community.




Background and education check required.




To apply, please use this link to directly view the position on Brown’s Career Site at:


Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.


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Located in historic Providence, Rhode Island and founded in 1764, Brown University is the seventh-oldest college in the United States. Brown is an independent, coeducational Ivy League institution comprising undergraduate and graduate programs, plus the Alpert Medical School, School of Public Health, School of Engineering, and the School of Professional Studies.




With its talented and motivated student body and accomplished faculty, Brown is a leading research university that maintains a particular commitment to exceptional undergraduate instruction. Brown’s vibrant, diverse campus community consists of about 4,500 staff and faculty, 6,200 undergraduates, 2,000 graduate students, 490 medical school students, more than 5,000 summer, visiting, and online students, and over 700 faculty members. Brown students come from all 50 states and more than 115 countries. Brown is frequently recognized for its global reach, many cultural events, numerous campus groups and activities, active community service programs, highly competitive athletics, and beautiful facilities located in a richly historic urban setting.




Brown offers competitive benefits such as a generous retirement plan and education programs; details are available at:










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