Research Associate

Job Description

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

Responsibilities
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
• 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.

Qualifications
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
• Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences, or equivalent 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
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS-
• Knowledge of Immunology
• Experience with or willingness to learn immunologic methods such as ELISA, Luminex, flow cytometry, CyTOF, immunohistochemistry staining
• Interest in Infectious disease research (i.e., malaria, EBV)
• Experience with molecular methods such as qPCR, ddPCR, RNAsequencing
• Willingness to travel to Kenya to transfer research methods to collaborating lab
SUPERVISION RECEIVED:
Under the direction of the Principal Investigator, or designee
SUPERVISION EXERCISED:
May functionally supervise Lab Technicians and Aides
ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING CONDITIONS:
Wet chemistry laboratory, and may require appropriate contact with biohazards, radionuclides, toxins, animals, and human specimens.

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