Research Assistant - Chemistry

Temple University
Philadelphia, PA

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Under general supervision, the Research Assistant in the College of Science & Technology’s Chemistry Division provides professional level research support by organizing and carrying out experiments focused on chemical synthesis and biological assays, which includes synthesizing, purifying, and assaying chemical probes; analyzing characterization data; interpreting results; and creating lab reports that record detailed procedures and results of experiments with appropriate presentation in charts and tables. Makes corrective modifications and inventions in methodology, develops various experimental procedures to assist with the completion of multiple research projects, and the preparation and/or editing of research manuscripts for publication. Reviews and surveys literature, summarizes pertinent data, establishes, and maintains literature files. The Research Assistant will also be required to operate and maintain sophisticated laboratory equipment, assemble, and make minor repairs if necessary, and assist with the supervision of student workers by providing instructions on the use of equipment and the related research techniques. Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree and at least six months of related experience in a chemistry research laboratory. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Required Skills and Abilities:
*Ability to manage and prioritize several complex tasks simultaneously.
*Ability to learn new tasks and work with minimal supervision.
*Ability to interpret and perform general instructions and procedures.
*Strong interpersonal, written and analytical skills.

*Experience in an academic research environment.

Temple University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.

Compliance Statement: In the performance of their functions as detailed in the position description employees have an obligation to avoid ethical, legal, financial and other conflicts of interest to ensure that their actions and outside activities do not conflict with their primary employment responsibilities at the institution. Employees are also expected to understand and be in compliance with applicable laws, University and employment policies and regulations, including NCAA regulations for areas and departments which their essential functions cause them to interact.

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Primary Location: Pennsylvania-Philadelphia-Main Campus-Science, Education and Research Center
Job: Staff
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Employee Status: Regular


One of the nation’s top urban public research universities, Temple University is a dynamic workplace in the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant cities. Founded in 1884 as a night school for the working-class men and women of North Philadelphia, for 130 years Temple has retained its core mission of being a beacon of educational opportunity to students of every background, while adding a national and global reputation as a leader in education, research and real-world oriented instruction.

With nearly 39,000 students and 290,000 living alumni, Temple has a major impact on its region and on Philadelphia, the nation’s 5th largest city. One in seven college graduates in the Philadelphia area holds a Temple degree, and the university is the 4th largest provider of professional education in the nation (law, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and podiatry). Temple offers 17 schools and colleges, 399 academic degree programs, 17 Division 1 intercollegiate men’s and women’s athletic teams, as well as nine campuses including international campuses in Italy and Rome.  

Like the students the university serves, Temple’s approximately 8,000 employees are hardworking, diverse and energized by the vibrant and supportive work environments across the university, all aligned towards advancing the teaching, research and service missions of Temple University.

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