Research Assistant 1 (Job 9610)
Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland, Ohio

Posted in Education and Training

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Working under moderate supervision the Research Assistant 1 will perform research tasks involving in vitro and ex vivo (organoid) experiments related to cancer research and drug discovery. The research assistant will test and validate data collection and analysis methods in molecular biology and genetics.


  1. Perform research activities such as reviewing the efficiency of in vitro genetic engineering techniques and complex quantitative precision of experiments. (25%)
  2. Perform work on new plasmid pools, immunohistochemistry, and general molecular biology activities (plasmid cloning, PCR, DNA extractions, etc.). Work closely with the principal investigator for sponsor progress reports, manuscripts, grant and pilot applications. (25%)
  3. Conduct analysis of samples. Work on new protocols and techniques and optimize experiments in cell line manipulation and drug screening, as well as in genetic perturbations and assays in organoid systems. Coordinate information with others as needed. (25%)
  4. Accurately record results for a particular experiment or closely related series of experiments in electronic lab notebook. Maintain records of experiments. (9%)
  5. Order laboratory supplies necessary for completion of experiments using an in-house ordering system and restock inventory as needed. (8%)
  6. Maintain test equipment utilized in experiments to ensure that it is clean and fully functional. Report any equipment malfunction to principal investigator. (8%)


Perform other duties as assigned. (1%)


Department: Daily contact with supervisor and lab personnel to discuss research projects.

University: Occasional contact with other departments and local collaborators to discuss research progress and administrative tasks for lab safety requirements.

External: Limited with vendors to exchange information.

Students: Frequent contact with student, fellow, postdocs and other trainees to exchange information.


This position has no direct supervision of staff employees.


Education/Experience: Bachelor's degree and 0 to 1 year of experience or Associate's degree in an approved biotechnology program and 0 to 2 years of experience required.


  1. Has knowledge of commonly-used concepts, practices and procedures within a particular field.
  2. Relies on instructions and pre-established guidelines to perform the functions of the job.
  3. Ability to operate laboratory equipment.
  4. Strong molecular biology skills (PCR, DNA library prep, cloning, Retroviral constructs).
  5. Strong organization skills and good habit of maintaining a clean lab working environment; demonstrate attention to detail and accuracy, time management skills and proven ability to successfully follow-through on assigned projects.
  6. Professional and effective verbal and written communication skills and good interpersonal skills with the ability to work and communicate with various individuals within and external to the university.
  7. Ability to willingly learn new techniques and procedures as needed, follow established protocols or laboratory procedures and request clarification if necessary.
  8. Ability to meet consistent attendance.
  9. Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors and collaborators face to face.
  10. Detail oriented and ability to multi-task and prioritize work in order to meet deadlines.

  • Ability to work in a team environment in order to achieve a goal or complete a task.


General laboratory environment. The lab is an open floor plan with abundant bench space. Ample desk space with computers are also provided. The lab is equipped with one shared fume hood for storage of hazardous and non-hazardous materials. Personal protective equipment, including lab coat, gloves and goggles, will be provided to limit exposure to hazards. Handling of recombinant vectors requires BSL-2 training. Our cell culture room nearby is equipped with incubators, culture hood and microscope. The employee should expect frequent interactions with lab members and must be willing to collaborate.

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