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Research Assistant 1

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Case Western Reserve University
Location
Case Main Campus
Closing date
Jun 17, 2021

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Job Title: Research Assistant 1
Location: Case Main Campus
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 8874
Job Description POSITION OBJECTIVE

Working under moderate supervision, the Research Assistant 1 will perform research work in medical and related technical areas involving the use of laboratory and research skills. The research assistant will primarily be responsible for running cell cultures and working with animal models of disease. These duties will be performed in the lab to investigate the regulation of glial cell fate and function in disease. This position will work with animals.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

    Perform research work, isolate primary neuron and glia and grow these cells in culture. Generate and analyze mouse and human glial cell function in vitro and in vivo. Work with animal models of disease. This will include genotyping by PCR and performing animal husbandry. (65%)Collect and record results of experiments. Maintain experimental records in Lab Archives, a provided online electronic lab notebook. (10%)Maintain test equipment utilized in experiments to ensure that it is clean and fully functional. Report any equipment malfunction to senior lab personnel. (10%)Order laboratory supplies necessary for completion of experiments using an in-house ordering system and restock inventory as needed. (10%)

NONESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Perform other duties as assigned. (5%)

CONTACTS

Department: Daily contact with research scientists, post-doctoral fellows and laboratory principal investigator to maintain workflow.

University: Occasional contacts with other lab personnel, department assistants and principle investigators from other departments and centers across the university campus to exchange information.

External: Contact with outside vendors to exchange information as needed.

Students: Contact with laboratory undergraduate and graduate students to maintain laboratory supplies and experiments.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY

None.

QUALIFICATIONS

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.

REQUIRED SKILLS

    Experience with cell culture including primary and pluripotent derived mouse glia and neurons and human pluripotent stem cell derived glia and neurons. Knowledge of laboratory practices specific to neuroscience including myelination assays and models.Previous experience working with animals preferred.Must demonstrate compliance with Case Western Reserve University animal research and care (ARC) policies and procedures and compliance to regulations of the Animal Welfare Act, Public Health Service Policy, AAALAC guidelines and other applicable regulatory guidelines. Must demonstrate compassion for animals within Case Western Reserve University facilities and dedication to the Animal Resource Center’s mission. Must handle animals with care and respect at all times. Professional and effective verbal and written communication skills.Interpersonal skills: ability to effectively work with various individuals throughout the department, school, university and individuals external to the university.Detail oriented and ability to multi-task and prioritize work in order to meet deadlines.Ability to work independently with a strong work ethic and self-motivation.Ability to work in a team environment in order to achieve a goal or complete a task.The desire and ability to learn new techniques specific to the research.Ability to meet consistent attendance.Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors and customers face to face.

WORKING CONDITIONS

The incumbent will work in a general laboratory environment and be exposed to general chemicals and blood-borne pathogens. Laboratory safety and blood-borne pathogen training is required and will be provided. Training in work with animal models of disease is required and will be provided. Required personal protective equipment includes a standard lab coat, gloves and safety glasses when appropriate.

Case Western Reserve University’s animal facilities are accredited by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) and is managed according to the "Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals” appropriate Federal Animal Welfare Regulations and the Public Health Service “Policy on the Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals." This position and all animal research personnel, are subject to internal compliance to Animal Resource Center Standard Operating Procedures and to compliance regulations of the Animal Welfare Act, Public Health Service Policy, AAALAC guidelines, the State of Ohio Veterinary Practice Act, Federal Drug Enforcement Administration regulatory guidelines, US Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine regulations and other applicable regulatory guidelines.

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.

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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.

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Organization

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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