Research Assistant, Immunobiology

Connecticut, United States
12 Feb 2020
End of advertisement period
12 Apr 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Position Focus:

The Research Assistant will work on projects in the laboratory that are focused on defining the molecules and pathways that regulate human B cell tolerance checkpoints by studying the reactivity of antibodies expressed by single B cells isolated from diverse patients.

Essential Duties

1. Researches and collects data through complex laboratory/ scientific experiments, techniques, and procedures; library research; structured interviews; or through other means for designated research assignments.
2. Records and compiles information related to research data. Codes data accordingly to research specifications. Uses a computer terminal to input and retrieve data and to generate reports. Processes and summarizes data using scientific or statistical techniques.
3. Assists in data interpretation and analyses. Reports on status of research activities. Sets up, operates and maintains laboratory equipment and apparatus.
4. Formulates and prepares scientific solutions and media. Recruits study participants. Orders and maintains inventory of supplies.
5. May assist in designing, developing, and modifying research experiments, procedures, or survey instruments. May oversee and instruct research staff.
6. Performs additional functions incidental to research activities.

Required Education and Experience

Six years of related work experience, four of them in the same job family at the next lower level, and high school level education; or four years of related work experience and an Associate's degree; or little or no work experience and a Bachelor's degree in a related field; or an equivalent combination of experience and education.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Proficient in molecular biology and microbiology techniques including but not limited to: PCR amplification, DNA/RNA purification and pRT-PCR.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Proficient in tissue culture and flow cytometry. 

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Detail oriented both in experimental work and in record-keeping. Ability to concentrate on the task at hand for sustained periods of time without interruption.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Ability to follow complex, multi-step protocols precisely and to understand the scientific basis underlying each step of the protocol.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Hard working, enthusiastic, self-motivated learner eager to acquire new skills.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Bachelor's Degree in Biology. Computer literate with experience using programs for data recording and analysis (Excel, prism, imagej, mathematica). Excellent written and spoken English.  Experience with Western blotting, bacterial or yeast mutant strain construction, protein expression and purification.

Weekend Hours Required?


Evening Hours Required?


Drug Screen


Health Screening


Background Check Requirements

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Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

Affirmative Action Statement:

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