Under supervision of the PI, the Research Assistant will be responsible for managing sample flow and priorities in a laboratory conducting research on carbohydrate and lipid metabolism using specialized techniques to study dietary influences on chronic disease. Responsibilities include running multiple assays; data collection and reporting; coordination with research group members; and lab management.
Performs highly specialized and advanced experiments and a complex variety of assays; ELISAs, Immunoaffinity assays, Western Blots, antibody purification, etc
Serves as a technical expert for troubleshooting assays
Prepares analytical reports relative to research data
Monitors progress of research projects and coordinates information between research group members
Calibrates, sets up, and maintains laboratory equipment
Devises methods for testing in the laboratory, as needed
Maintains highly detailed records of the stages of development of tests and the final results thereof
Operates sensitive and highly complex laboratory equipment and/or perform computer applications
Maintains safe and efficient procedures in the laboratory; handle hazardous waste
Provides instruction and training to student researchers
Performs library research and assist in the preparation of grants and manuscripts
Maintain quality controls standards to preserve the integrity of data and findings
Research Associate is also expected to maintain and implement laboratory methods
Assists and/or trains graduate students and others rotating through the lab; may be responsible for supervision and training of junior research personnel.
A minimum of a BS or BA in molecular biology/biology/biochemistry or one of the biosciences and 2-7 years of comparable laboratory experience or a BS or MS in molecular biology/biology/biochemistry or one of the biosciences and 1-5 years of comparable laboratory experience. Candidate must have strong skills in immunoassays and related data analyses. Ability to work independently with minimal guidance, strong organizational ability, strong analytical skills, ability to meet deadlines, general computer skills and ability to use Microsoft office Can use language effectively to facilitate the exchange of ideas, exhibits respect and understand of others to maintain professional relationships, perform necessary experiments, and analyze and interpret results.