Research Assistant

Job description

Posting Number:


Internal Recruitment :


Working Title:

Research Assistant

Anticipated Hiring Range:

$35,000 - $45,000

Work Schedule:

Monday - Friday 8am-5pm, occasional night and weekends

Job Location:

Raleigh, NC

Department :

Molecular Biomedical Sciences

About the Department:

The Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences consists of 45 faculty who have a diversity of research and teaching interests, including clinical faculty, affording students the opportunity to participate in research projects with a direct clinical correlation to veterinary and/or human medicine. New, state-of-the-art research facilities are available including a transgenic mouse facility, permitting the opportunity for graduate students to participate in research projects related to mouse and animal genomics.

A number of graduate programs are available to students interested in working with faculty in the Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences. The Comparative Biomedical Sciences graduate program in the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) consists of several different “tracks”, allowing students to focus their research in the areas of cell biology, infectious diseases, pharmacology, pathology, and population medicine. Other graduate programs with which departmental faculty are affiliated include programs in immunology, physiology, and functional genomics.

Essential Job Duties:

The Research Assistant has in depth understanding of the different research projects within the lab and their objectives, and how to assist in attaining them.

Primary duties of the Research Assistant include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Assisting with writing the initial draft of IACUC protocols for final amendment.
  • Performing animal experiments on their own (with consent of PI) and should have developed an advanced laboratory skill set. This position must have extensive experience handling animals, including swine.
  • Communicate with other units within the CVM such as LAR and CPL.
  • Managing communications with outside collaborator as they relate to ongoing animal projects.
  • Managing the coordination and scheduling of complex projects that involve members and resources from multiple groups.
  • Managing the breeding and farrowing in swine.
  • Having an understanding of cell culture assays and immune histochemistry and performing laboratory assays and maintaining standard (freezers, fridges).
  • Involved in creating research plans with consultation from PI and will execute plans and programs and make adjustments, as needed.
  • Collecting data and downloading the data to appropriate data files software (Excel). The incumbent will also separate out data by treatment, calculates means and standard errors, and makes graphs of the data.
  • Coordinating animal experiments and will be responsible for assessing needs and resources and coordinating all ordering.
  • Coordinating all safety training in the lab and train graduate students and other staff on proper lab techniques.

Other Responsibilities:

Other responsibilities of the Research Assistant include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Conducting routine tests and procedures dictated by the research protocol: prepares tissue samples for molecular and immunohistochemical analyses, conducting pregnancy checks, assisting in farrowing. Performing molecular and biochemical analysis involved in characterization of transgenic lines, assisting in surgical procedures by performing induction of anesthesia, intra and post-operative monitoring.
  • Independently preparing and maintaining the layout of subject environment by overseeing procedures and movement of animals through the established routes at the swine unit. Working with laboratory and farm staff to insure that research goals are met while assuring IACUC and swine unit protocols are observed.
  • Organizing and tabulating data; ensuring quality control of data collection. Identifies variations or discrepancies in expression analysis and genotyping data from transgenic lines, repeats experiments to confirm discrepancies and unexpected results. Reporting variations and or discrepancies during lab meetings, and drawing conclusions from results. Organizing and preparing data for analyses, transforms data into easily interpretable figures and diagrams.
  • Providing preliminary summary of procedures and tests with respect to new and existing protocols used in the lab, and other components of experiments. Reviewing and presenting data collected from these summaries.
  • Administering routine medications and preparing experimental and maintenance diets for research subjects according to established protocols and instructions; observing study subject reactions.
  • Applying and maintaining sanitation and safety procedures in non-routine situations. Pursuing appropriate safety training, certificates, and certifications/licenses, where applicable.
  • Performing minor repairs to equipment in support of research laboratory, field, or clinical programs with limited supervision. Operating varied equipment and instrumentation.
  • Maintaining inventory of equipment, supplies, and related research materials.
  • Working independently on collection of data and analyzes research results for certain aspects of a research project(s).

Minimum Education and Experience:

Relevant post-Baccalaureate degree, or relevant Bachelor’s degree plus 3 or more years of independent research experience, or substantative relevant independent experience and education.

Other Required Qualifications:

  • 3 years related research experience.
  • Ability to work independently and effectively problem solve issues with experiments.
  • Must independently coordinate entire animal experiments.
  • Experience managing budgets.
  • Experience managing swine breeding and farrowing projects.
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Excel (or similar software) and the ability to understand and manipulate data.
  • Experience preparing IACUC protocols.
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Excel (or similar software) and the ability to understand and manipulate data.
  • Ability to independently problem solve.

Preferred Qualifications:

Prefer candidates with experience in swine and animal handling, data collection and analysis and project management.

Prefer candidates with degrees in animal science or other relevant discipline.

Required License(s) or Certification(s):


Valid NC Driver's License required:


Commercial Driver's License required:


Job Open Date:


Anticipated Close Date:

Open until filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

In addition to your application please submit a resume, cover letter, and the contact information for at leas three (3) professional references.

Position Number:


Position Type:

EHRA Non-Faculty

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week):



12 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather:

Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events:

Mandatory - Fire/Explosions, Mandatory - Medical Emergencies, Mandatory - Hazardous Material Incidents, Mandatory - Transportation Accidents, Mandatory - Evacuations/Natural Hazards, Mandatory - Utilities/Infrastructure Failure, Mandatory - Threats of Violence/Terrorism/Interpersonal Emergencies

Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?:


Department ID:

194001 - Dept Molecular Biomedical Scie


NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or [email protected] Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree equivalency verified at or equivalent service. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

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Job No:
Posted: 6/10/2021
Application Due: 9/8/2021
Work Type: Full Time