Research Assistant 1 Location:
Case Main Campus Regular/Temporary:
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Job Description Position ObjectiveWorking 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%)
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%)
CONTACTSDepartment: 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. QUALIFICATIONS 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. REQUIRED SKILLS
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 ConditionsGeneral 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.
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.