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Research Assistant 1

Case Western Reserve University
Case Main Campus
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Jun 23, 2021

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Job Title: Research Assistant 1
Location: Case Main Campus
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 8884

Working under moderate supervision, the Research Assistant 1 will perform research on the molecular genetics of meiosis. The position will be responsible for performing routine molecular biology techniques, carrying out Drosophila genetic crosses and general lab maintenance.


    Maintain Drosophila stocks, perform routine Drosophila husbandry, generate new Drosophila mutants using CRISPR/Cas9, record and analyze Drosophila visible phenotypes to measure crossover frequencies and carry out Drosophila genetic crosses in support of the lab’s research program. (50%)Perform molecular biology techniques in support of the lab’s research program, including but not limited to PCR, Sanger sequencing, cloning and bacterial transformation. (30%).Perform confocal imaging of fluorescently labeled Drosophila ovaries. Collect and record results of experiments and closely related series of experiments. (7%)Maintain accurate records of experiments in lab notebooks and databases. (6%)Maintain test equipment utilized in experiments. Perform general lab maintenance. Responsible for general lab organization, cleanliness, ordering laboratory supplies and Environmental Health and Safety compliance. (7%)


Perform other duties as assigned. (<1%)


Department: Daily contact with the principal investigator to coordinate research experiments, daily contact with students and other members of the lab in support of the lab’s research program. Occasional contact with other labs in the department to coordinate sharing of resources.

University: Occasional contact with other departments to coordinate sharing of resources.

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

Students: Daily contact with student employees in order to support student research including ordering reagents and helping with experiments.


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 an approved biotechnology program and 0 to 2 years of experience required. Undergraduate research experience preferred.


    Knowledge of commonly used concepts, practices and procedures used for molecular biology and genetics, including PCR, Sanger sequencing, cloning methods, bacterial transformation, gel electrophoresis, sterile technique and reagent preparation.Ability to rely on verbal instructions and protocols to perform experiments after initial training. Demonstrated attention to detail, organization skills and project management.Must be committed to fostering a positive lab environment, which includes supporting peers and mentoring students.Ability to meet consistent attendance.Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors and customers face to face.


The Crown Lab is a general molecular biology and Drosophila genetics lab. There will be minimal exposure to hazardous chemicals over the course of routine experiments, but appropriate personal protective equipment will be provided. The employee will experience repetitive motion during Drosophila husbandry and routine pipetting.

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.



Working at Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University is among the nation's leading research institutions. Founded in 1826 and shaped by the unique merger of the Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University, Case Western Reserve is distinguished by its strengths in educationresearch, service and experiential learning. Located in Cleveland's University Circle, we offer nationally recognized programs in the arts and sciencesdental medicineengineeringlawmanagementmedicinenursing and social sciences.

Student enrollment exceeds 9,800 students, forty percent of whom are undergraduatesFacultyand students hail from more than 90 countries, with academic interests that reach every region of the world. Case Western Reserve, with the support of individuals, corporations and foundations, aids nearly 100 designated research centers.

As a service-oriented institution dedicated to civic leadership, Case Western Reserve seeks individually and collectively to prepare our students to improve the human condition and to direct the benefits of discovery toward a better society. This effort is not limited to the university's classrooms, laboratories, librariesresidence halls and athletic fields, but includes partnerships with many other institutions. We build these partnerships believing that our ability to improve the human condition should begin in our own community.

Case Western Reserve University remains Ohio's top-ranked school among the nation's premier national universities, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report and is the only Ohio institution ranked in the top 50 nationally. We promote a culture of inquiry marked by rigor, creativity, curiosity, innovation, respect, sensitivity and open communication of ideas.

The university supports interdisciplinary partnerships in education and research with numerous faculty holding joint appointments in more than one Case Western Reserve school or department, as well as at neighboring institutions. These relationships launched many of the unique pairings of science, business and liberal arts into the centers and programs that enhance the undergraduate and graduate experience at the university. Our dual degree programs enrich the educational experience for those students who choose to balance the technical requirements of engineering or the sciences with a strong interest in the humanities.

With more than $375 million in research funding annually, the university attracts outstanding undergraduate and graduate students along with renowned faculty whose research has made significant contributions to the way we live and work. Case Western Reserve counts 15 Nobel laureates among our alumni and current and former faculty, including the first American scientist to ever receive the prize.

Our students' experiences in cultural institutions, clinics, social service agencies and industry are not viewed as “extra-curricular,” but create the learning experience that defines a Case Western Reserve education. The university's service programs in the Cleveland Municipal School District have impacted more than 145,000 students with more than 43 signature programs. The university has launched more than 580 community partnerships on the local, national and international levels. Annually the university sponsors Case for Community Day, an event where hundreds of Case Western Reserve employees and students lend their time and talent to targeted community development projects in the Greater Cleveland area.

Our alumni number more than 110,000 and constitute a “who's who” of every profession. Alumni represent one of the university's strongest resources, playing a vital role in campus life through their work as advisors, mentors, friends and advocates.

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