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Research Assistant 2

Case Western Reserve University
Case Main Campus
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Jul 7, 2021

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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.



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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