Research Assistant 2

Job description

Job Title: Research Assistant 2
Location: Case Main Campus
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 8903

Working under general supervision, plan and carry out research project in accordance with general plans, related to 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.


    Plan and carry out project in accordance with general plans. Integrate multiple systems biology tools (proteomics, metabolomics, metagenomics, immunology) to study host-microbial interactions in human health. (15%)Conduct a series of immunology, proteomic, and/or microbiome experiments to supply scientific information as part of a larger project. Sub-culture cell lines, analyze cell proliferation patterns, growth rates, etc.), conduct Western blots, DNA analysis, PCR, liquid chromatography, ELISA, mass spectrometry, and other compatible assays. (25%)May assist in developing improved techniques, projection methods or procedures in DNA sequencing, flow cytometry, cell sorting, in vitro cell culture. (10%)Prepare samples for protein/ metabolite analysis (mass spectrometry-based proteomics/ metabolomics), flow cytometry, and/or microbiome (16S rRNA sequencing). Collect, analyze data, and create reports on activities to present at lab meetings. (15%)Maintain equipment related to microbiome, proteomics, or immunology. Manage biohazardous waste. (10%)Oversee inventory of supplies necessary for daily work, including but not limited to mass spectrometry sample preparation, tissue culture, flow cytometry, DNA analysis, and other related functions. (10%)Train students, post-doctoral fellows and staff in techniques, data analysis, and utilization of equipment related to microbiome, proteomics, or immunology. Enforce occupational and environmental safety rules. (10%)


Perform other duties as assigned. (5%)


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. Train new staff; direct the work of students.


Education and experience: Bachelor's degree and 1 to 3 years of related experience or Associate's degree in an approved biotechnology program and 2 to 4 years of experience.


    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