Research Associate 1, MS

09 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
08 Dec 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Focus: 

This position is responsible for managing and overseeing a research laboratory of a new principal investigator. The applicant will be responsible for managing the day to day operations of the laboratory and carrying out experiments for research projects. The Research Associate will be responsible for designing experiments and planning research projects under the guidance of the PI and lab organization, training staff, ensuring all safety and research compliance's are met, and managing sponsored research awards.

The lab focuses on elucidating the functions of endogenous and viral circular RNAs. Our understanding will directly help us develop better therapeutics to treat diseases, like cancer. The successful candidate will identify an characterize circular RNAs that respond to viral infections and investigate their molecular mechanisms. Proficiency in cell culture, molecular biology, and flow cytometry, along with excellent communication and writing skills are required.

Essential Duties

1. Recommends the design and implementation of procedures and protocols under the direction of a higher-level authority. 2. Investigates, analyzes, and reaches preliminary scientific conclusions related to research planning 3. Ensures data results are compiled, analyzed, and presented properly. 4. Analyzes, develops and interprets scientific results. Maintains clear documentation of results. Prepares scientific reports and papers for research proposals and published reports. 5. Performs independent research and laboratory techniques and participates in experimental research planning. 6. Interacts with internal contacts including the PI, research assistants, graduate students, Radiation Safety and Biological Safety officers, and Animal Care personnel to discuss and evaluate research results and to ensure the smooth and safe operation of the laboratory. 7. Interacts with external contacts such as researchers at other institutions, staff at biotechnology and reagents companies to consult on research methods and to keep abreast of product information and developments. 8. May perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience

Master’s Degree in a scientific discipline and one year experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Demonstrated ability with cell culture, molecular biology, flow cytometry, and laboratory techniques including nucleic acid isolation, PCR, and meticulous record keeping.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Excellent written and verbal communication and organizational skills. Ability and confidence to work independently follow training.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Ability to manage budgets, supply inventory, equipment purchases and maintenance.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Knowledge of grants and available funding and assist with budget preparation an resource planning.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Working knowledge of basic computer software (e.g. Excel, Word, PowerPoint).

Background Check Requirements

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