Research Associate or Research Assistant - COM Basic Sciences

Job Locations US-CA-Vallejo
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POSITION DESCRIPTION: is not intended to cover every work assignment a position may have. Rather, they cover the broad responsibilities of the position.


We are seeking a Research Associate or Research Assistant to perform cutting edge, interdisciplinary research in the laboratory of Dr. Jean-Marc Schwarz. The Schwarz lab uses stable isotope methodologies to conduct research on dietary sugars and their role in the development of metabolic diseases. This position will be part of a team responsible for processing and analyzing research samples collected from ongoing human studies, utilizing standard biochemical techniques such as centrifugation, thin-layer chromatography, and derivatization. The candidate must have a background in biochemistry and/or chemistry, previous experience in a laboratory setting, and experience with or interest in learning mass spectrometry techniques.


SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES: are those work assignments which are predominant, regular and recurring.

The position will be responsible for:

  • Processing of clinical samples for mass spectrometry analyses;

  • Performing gas chromatography/mass spectrometry analyses of study samples;

  • Data collection and presentation;

  • Participation in research team meetings and journal clubs;

  • Training and mentoring junior staff, depending on experience;

  • Other lab duties as directed by lab manager and supervisor.


SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES (if applicable): should reflect who the employee is supervising and what the expectations are.

  • This position does not include direct supervision of others.


QUALIFICATION(S): is the Education, Training and/or related experience needed by the person to perform the job.

  • A BS or MS in biochemistry, chemistry, or related field;

  • Previous research experience in a laboratory setting;

  • 1+ year experience with gas chromatography/mass spectrometry methods preferred;

  • Ability to work independently with general guidance;

  • Strong time management, multi-tasking, and organizational skills;

  • Good written and oral communication skills;

  • General computer skills and proficiency in Microsoft office;

  • Candidates who can commit 18+ months for the position are strongly preferred;

  • The Research Associate vs. Research Assistant title will be dependent on experience.




CORE COMPETENCIES: identify the behavior an employee is expected to demonstrate.

·         Can use language effectively to gather information and facilitate the exchange of ideas;

·         Exhibits respect and understand of others to maintain professional relationships;

·         Takes responsibility for actions and shows that one is reliable and trustworthy;

·         Ability to work both independently and in a team environment;

·         Strong organizational ability;

·         Strong analytical skills;

·         Ability to manage time effectively and meet deadlines.


Maximum Salary

USD $59,000.00/Yr.

Minimum Salary

USD $47,200.00/Yr.


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