Research Assistant 3

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Job Title: Research Assistant 3
Location: Case Main Campus
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 8904
Job Description POSITION OBJECTIVE

Working under limited supervision, coordinate work in systems biology, including the microbiome, proteomics, and immunology research. Our research program is interested on understanding 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.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

    Coordinate laboratory/ research activities with technicians and post-doctoral scholars. Organize experiments and the preparation of samples for mass spectrometry analysis. Maintain experimental records on all activities, protocols, data, etc. Ensure laboratory safety. (35%)Work closely with the principal investigator to optimize and troubleshoot procedures to comply with expected outcomes. (10%) Carry out complex research assignments of a non-routine nature integrating multiple systems biology tools (proteomics, metabolomics, metagenomics, immunology) to study host-microbial interactions in human health. Operate and manage liquid chromatography systems related to proteomics experiments. Execute, analyse, and deliver on assigned research projects. (10%) Devise new protocols and techniques for research projects involving a high degree of skill and training. This could include developing/adapting proteomic sample processing protocols for different biological samples, testing and optimizing workflows for microbiome, proteomic, metabolomic, or immunology analysis, etc. (10%) Evaluate adequacy of techniques; study and test new procedures and analyzes data. This could include processing of samples for new experiments, handling data processing and performing data analysis in coordination with Bioinformatics lead. Perform analysis of data from proteomics experiments. (10%)Supervise students and technicians in standard laboratory policies as well as microbiome, proteomic, and immunology research techniques. (10%)Monitor the laboratory budget. Set up apparatus and perform a wide variety of equipment and standardized procedures. Oversee/maintain inventory, equipment and facilities, and recommend purchases. Responsible for environmental safely rules and handling biohazard waste. (10%)

NONESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

    Participate in weekly research meetings and conferences to present data. May co-author research projects. (3%)Perform other duties as assigned. (2%)

CONTACTS

Department: Frequent contact with principal investigator for project and lab communication, infrequent contact with CGHD and Pathology department administration.

University: Frequent contact with other university collaborating departments including other basic science departments regarding on-going projects and lab activities.

External: Infrequent contact with vendors, IRB, other collaborating institutions.

Technical, students: Daily contact with students and technicians to explain data, techniques, etc., and to maintain workflow.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY

Supervise students, post docs, and technicians

QUALIFICATIONS

Experience: 3 to 5 years of related experience required.

Education/Licensing: Bachelor of Science degree required.

REQUIRED SKILLS

    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.

WORKING CONDITIONS

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.

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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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Posted: 6/10/2021
Application Due: 6/23/2021
Work Type: Full Time
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