Research Assistant 1

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Job Title: Research Assistant 1
Location: Case Main Campus
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 8902

Working under moderate supervision, perform research work in medical and related technical integrating multiple systems biology tools, such as proteomics, metabolomics, metagenomics, and immunology. The research projects are to understand how the microbiome contributes to human health and susceptibility to infectious disease, with a focus on women’s health. The research team collaborates with international partners in Arica, Europe, and Canada.


    Perform research work including basic laboratory assays, DNA sequencing, flow cytometry, cell sorting, in vitro cell culture (sub-culturing cell lines, analyze cell proliferation patterns, growth rates, etc.), Western blots, DNA analysis, PCR, liquid chromatography, ELISA, mass spectrometry, and other compatible assays. (55%) Conduct standard analysis of proteomics, metabolomics, flow cytometry, or microbiome data. (10%) Record data and create reports on activities to present at lab meetings. (10%)
    Maintain records on all activities, protocols, data, etc. (7%)Maintain test equipment utilized in experiments including flow cytometer, sequencers, and mass spectrometer. (7%)Order laboratory supplies tom maintain inventor for daily work including mass spectrometry, sample preparation, tissue culture, flow cytometry, DNA analysis. (7%)


Perform other duties as assigned. (4%)


Department: Daily contact with senior research personnel and principal investigator regarding project activities. Frequent contact department administration to maintain workflow.

University: Occasional contact with other researchers and collaborating departments regarding on-going project and lab activities.

External: Occasional contact with vendors, IRB, other collaborating institutions regarding supplies and equipment needs.

Students: Occasional contact with students to explain data, techniques, etc., and to maintain workflow.


This position has no direct supervision of staff employees.


Education/Experience: Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and 0 to 1 year of experience or Associate's degree in an approved biotechnology program and 0 to 2 years of experience required.


    Has knowledge of commonly-used concepts, practices, and procedures within microbiology, biochemistry, genetics, immunology, chemistry or related discipline. Ability to rely on instructions and pre-established guidelines to perform the functions of the job. Ability to operate laboratory equipment including Thermo Orbitrap Mass Spectrometers for proteomics/metabolomics, Illumina sequencers for microbiome and DNA analysis, advanced liquid chromatography systems, tissue culture systems.Ability to ensure laboratory safety.Ability to perform basic laboratory assays. Must be highly motivated, responsible, dependable and a self-starter. Ability to meet consistent attendance. Good/strong organization skills; ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet deadlines. Must demonstrate attention to detail and accuracy, time management skills, and follow-through. Ability to work with sensitive information and maintain confidentiality. Excellent customer service skills: ability to maintain effective working relationships and address the potential and current needs of customers. Ability to work effectively independently and collaboratively within a team. Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors, and customers face to face. Effective problem-solving skills; must demonstrate sound judgment and good decision-making.


The employee will work mostly in Biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2) facilities and will use infectious materials, and general chemicals. This job will include handling of human biological specimens that may be infected with HIV, malaria, TB, and other pathogens. This position may provide opportunities for international travel and presentations at international conferences.

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.





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Posted: 6/10/2021
Application Due: 9/8/2021
Work Type: Full Time