Working under limited supervision, the Research Assistant 3 will coordinate research assignments that involve performing routine assays, development of new assays, and help to develop algorithms to store the data, and run quality controls as needed. This position will require working closely with the PI to conduct research studies on SARS-CoV-2. The research lab studies human malaria parasites, parasitic worms, and SARS-CoV-2. This position will primarily involve research on SARS-CoV-2 but helping with our malaria studies. The studies on SARS-CoV-2 intend to determine the factors that regulate the type of antibody responses infected individuals develop to the virus, how long these antibodies persist, and whether they are associated with protection from re-infection or disease. The malaria research projects are to understand the molecular interaction of how malaria parasites invade human erythrocytes with the aim to develop effective malaria vaccines therapeutic monoclonal antibodies.
Perform duties as assigned. (1%)
Department: Frequent (several times a week) contact with principal investigator to discuss updates, results, ideas, and questions. The Research Assistant 3 will contribute to a much larger and highly technical research project, as part of a collaborative effort. Frequent communication and guidance with other staff in laboratory are expected.
University: Weekly contact with other departments to stay connected and aware of current research.
External: Contact with vendors as needed to purchase necessary supplies.
Students: Daily contact with students and junior lab staff for training, supervision, and mentorship.
This position has no direct supervision of staff employees. May train staff and supervise students.
Experience: 3 to 5 years of experience.
Education: Bachelor's degree in molecular biology, immunology or a related field.
The laboratory environment is categorized biosafety level 2. We work with malaria, E.coli, and SARS-CoV-2 pseudoviruses (not live), human cell culture. We only use samples from Covid-19 patients that have been appropriate inactivated if collected from individuals presenting with acute disease before they can be used in our laboratory. Formaldehyde is kept and used infrequently. We have an appointed safety officer who trains all lab members on all necessary information and precautions. Additionally, there is a mandatory training in lab safety and blood borne pathogens issued by Case Western Reserve University. May lift up to 24 lbs.
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