Research Associate

Job Description



A Research Associate position is available in the Department of Pathology. The ideal candidate will possess a bachelor degree or above in a related subject area in biology. In addition, the candidate will need to function well on an individual basis as well as in a team setting. Strong communication skill (verbal and written) and the ability to learn and adapt to changing work demand are important. Day to day responsibilities include handling of small experimental rodents (mice), performing basic molecular biology, biochemistry and cell biology experiments (e.g. PCR, Western blot, transfection, DNA cloning, tissue culture, flow cytometry) under the guidance and direction of the principal investigator, and simple clerical tasks such as reconciling purchase requisitions and placing orders for the laboratory.


Under the direction of the Principal Investigator or Designee, the Research Associate performs a variety of complex research experiments.



  • Conducts in-depth analysis of research experiments
  • Performs complex laboratory experiments
  • Interprets data, forms conclusion, and decides on and plans next experiments to be done with a high degree of independence
  • Compiles and analyzes data and performs computations using image analysis software, spreadsheets, graphing, and curve fitting software
  • May modify protocols and be responsible for a single, independent research project
  • Assists in writing the text of scientific publications and grants. Reviews literature
  • Trains new laboratory personnel, students, and collaborators
  • Maintains laboratory supplies and equipment
  • Complies with all safety and infection control standards
  • Perform other duties as required.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences, or equivalent experience
  • 1 year relevant research experience
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office products
  • Strong ability to analyze complex visual data in a quantitative and objective manner
  • Judgment and action skills required to solve commonly encountered problems


Under the direction of the Principal Investigator, or designee



May functionally supervise Lab Technicians and Aides



Wet chemistry laboratory, and may require appropriate contact with biohazards, radionuclides, toxins, animals, and human specimens.

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