Research Assistant 1

Case Western Reserve University
Case Main Campus
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Oct 21, 2021

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Job Title: Research Assistant 1
Location: Case Main Campus
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 8876
Job Description Position Objective

Working under moderate supervision, the research assistant 1 ensures smooth, professional operation of the Cytometry & Microscopy Shared Resource (SR). The research assistant 1 will be primarily responsible for assisting SR users to perform cytometric or microscopic data acquisition and data analysis, or perform for SR users cytometric and/or microscopic data acquisition and data analysis and/or cell sorting services. The research assistant 1 will maintain Core instruments in good operating order within manufacturer’s specifications.

Essential Functions

    Provide technical expertise on operating instruments to SR users (graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, research assistants, research associates, instructors, assistant professors, associate professors, full professors, clinicians, and any other investigator that accesses the core) for both cell sorting and data acquisition. Verify that users have selected appropriate instrumentation for their needs; advise accordingly if changes are needed. Start, operate, trouble-shoot, and shutdown instruments independently. (25%)Maintain cytometer, cell sorter, microscope, or related instruments. Conduct instrument performance tests. Validate electronically logged usage time on all instruments prior to monthly invoicing. (10%)Record quality control data and maintain quality control records. (10%)Monitor instrument sign-up schedules using iLab, the SR online scheduling software. (20%)Train and assist users to operate instruments and develop working instrument protocols. (15%)Maintain Core consumable inventory and order supplies as needed. (10%)

NonEssential Functions

    Perform research work in cell sorting services. (4%)Perform limited data analysis and be able to display that data in an appropriate graphical display. (4%)Perform other duties as assigned. (2%)


Department: Continuous contact with other SR Staff to maintain workflow. Occasional contact with SR Director (Faculty) and Cancer Center financial administrators to share information and maintain workflow.

University: Continuous contact with SR users to provide assistance with daily operations; including Graduate Students, Post-Doctoral Fellows, Research Assistants, Research Associates, Instructors, Staff Scientists, Assistant Professors, Associate Professors, Full Professors, Medical Students, Clinicians, and any other investigators that access the SR.

External: Periodic contact with users from outside the institution. Periodic contact with company representatives (service engineers, salespeople, and experts) of the companies that manufacture the SR instruments.

Students: Periodic, but variable contact, with users that are primarily graduate students. No formal (classroom) teaching is associated with this position.

Supervisory Responsibility

This position has no direct supervision of staff employees.


Education/Experience: Bachelor's degree with a major in biomedical engineering, physical, or life sciences, with 0 to 1 year of experience; or Associate's degree in an approved biotechnology program and 0 to 2 years of experience.


    Knowledge and understanding of commonly-used concepts, practices, and procedures within biology, cytometry, and microscopy. Ability to perform essential functions of the position.Effective verbal and written communication skills. Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors, and customers face to face. Good interpersonal skills; ability to work and communicate with various individuals within the department, School and University, and with individuals outside the University. Good organization skills; ability to multi-task, prioritize and attention to detail. Ability and desire to complete tasks and meet deadlines. Ability to coordinate several projects. Commitment to high quality and User satisfaction.Capacity to learn rapidly and work effectively with supervision that reduces to a minimum over time.Capacity to work collaboratively within a team.Must have a strong work ethic. Ability to meet consistent attendance. Ability to troubleshoot and problem-solve, demonstrating good judgment and logical decision-making within the scope of the learned set.Ability to work in a fast-paced, changing environment, and conform to shifting priorities, demands and timeline. Must be flexible and respond to project adjustments and alterations promptly and efficiently. Must be able to adapt to varying workloads and respond appropriately to stressful situations.Ability to follow-through on assigned projects and provide timely follow-up with appropriate individuals as needed. Strong information technology skills; ability to work with complex software. Ability to interpret instructions and absorb established guidelines to perform the functions of the job. Ability to operate basic and complex laboratory equipment. Technical competence with software programs such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, etc.), database applications, and with internet navigation. Ability to learn and apply software programs and applications as needed.Must be able learn and perform all safety functions for blood-borne pathogens, chemicals, radiation, and lasers.

Working Conditions

General laboratory working environment. Exposure to animal and human cells, tissues, and fluids, chemicals, radiation, and lasers. Employee will wear appropriate protective equipment such as gloves, coat and eyewear and perform all duties in a safe manner. Must be able to lift 50 pounds.

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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