Research Assistant 1 MS

Connecticut, United States
01 Sep 2020
End of advertisement period
01 Nov 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Position Focus:

This position will assist with studies directed towards understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms of early embryo patterning and developmental programming. The lab combines studies involving mammalian embryos, and 3D stem cell models to investigate cellular function and tissue patterning under environmental challenges. This role will be an important part of supporting the science in the lab and will have expanded opportunity to participate on research projects.

Focus of the position will be:

Performing mammalian stem cell derivation and culture experiments, 3D culture methods, whole mount staining, confocal microscopy and basic molecular biology techniques.

Handling mice including tissue harvest and drug administration, handling, dissecting and culturing early stage embryo (pre- and post-implantation).

Insuring compliance with animal use oversight, monitoring the health and welfare of the mice, acting as a liaison with animal care personnel and monitoring the diet of some groups of mice.

Researching and collecting data through complex laboratory/scientific experiments, techniques, and procedures.

Maintaining clear documentation of results.

Preparing scientific reports and papers for research proposals and published reports.

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:

Demonstrated ability in routine mammalian cell culture.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Technical experience with basic molecular biology and biochemical techniques.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Experience in microscopy and conducting basic image analyses.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Comfortable with animal research.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Excellent oral and written communication skills. Excellent organizational skills and excellent interpersonal skills.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in either Developmental, Stem Cell, Reproductive Biology, Bioengineering. Experience in stem cell derivation, experimental embryology, managing mouse colonies (genotyping to designing matings) for developmental biology studies, including harvesting ear biopsies, whole mount staining techniques, RT-qPCR, western blotting.

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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