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Research Assistant 3

Case Western Reserve University
Case Main Campus
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Jun 28, 2021

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Job Title: Research Assistant 3
Location: Case Main Campus
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 8869

Working under limited supervision, the manager of the Hematopoietic Biorepository, will develop and implement bioprocessing protocols for hematologic malignancy samples in compliance with regulatory guidelines. In addition, the RA3 will develop custom procedures, perform analysis of patient samples, manage a large sample database, provide acquired data to researchers and physicians and manage blood and bone marrow procurement from normal volunteers.


    Manage core activities which include bioprocessing and analysis of cell subsets from patients’ samples and hematologic maliganancy blood and marrow according to HIPAA laws and IRB requirements. Reports acquired data to physicians and scientists. (30%) Evaluate and develop custom molecular biological procedures. Perform anlaysis of patient samples. Manage a large sample database and provide acquired data to research and physicians. Optimize, interpret and troubleshoot cell culture, PCR and cell isolation procedures to comply with expected outcomes. (20%)Manage a program for identifying and coordinating normal volunteers for blood and bone marrow samples for university-wide distribution. Collect and process samples. (20%)Maintain center supply inventory. May monitor the center budget. Responsible for biorepository billing and reimbursements. Determine appropriate charges for bioprocessing services. (15%)Performs complex research requests for blood or marrow derived cell subsets and assays for human hematopoietic cells from blood, bone marrow and cord blood (cell isolation and characterization by flow cytometry). May co-author research projects. (10%)


    Maintain hematology analyzer Core equipment for use by Cancer Center research personnel. (3%)Perform other duties as assigned. (2%)


Department: Regular contact with the core Director and Cellular Therapy Service Operations director to report sample procurement activities and review goals. Regular contact with the Cancer Center administration for lab ordering, invoicing and other budgetary issues (continuous)

University: Regular contact with principal Investigators to distribute patient and normal volunteer samples. Contact with Accounts Payable regarding purchasing issues. Contact with the E-procurement team for purchasing. Contact with the Environmental Health and Safety for lab safety compliance.

External: Daily contact with Seidman Cancer Center Research Nurses and other clinicians to receive samples from patients and normal volunteers. Regular contact with physicians to report data. Occasional contact with suppliers of lab goods for procurement and qualification of supplies. Regular contact with normal volunteers for procurement of specimens. Occasional contact with corporate users requesting samples.

Student: Little or no contact with students.


No formal supervisory role but will oversee the RA2 position in the Biorepository Core.


Experience: 3 to 5 years of related experience required.

Education/Licensing: Bachelor’s degree in a biological science; Must obtain CREC and CITI training within 2 months of hire and compliance with HIPAA regulations.


    Expertise in cell biology and tissue culture, performing cell culture, and molecular biological techniques. Experience working with clinical samples is strongly encouraged as this is a critical element of overall responsibilities.Have good communication skills that can l interact with faculty, physicians, and clinical support staff, and blood and bone marrow donors. Have exceptional organizational skills and ability to prioritize and successfully execute multiple tasks each dayAbility to make independent judgments and attention to detail is essential; have excellent documentation skillsAbility to meet consistent attendance.Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors, volunteers, and customers face to face.


General laboratory environment. May have exposure to hazards. Exposure to blood borne pathogens, including blood draws. Occasional heavy lifting required. May need to work nights and weekends if necessary to process patient samples.

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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