Research Associate I

Job Description



The focus of this position will be human cytomegalovirus in the context of congenital or postnatal infection, but other pathogens may be studied. Key methods applied to human clinical samples will be molecular (e.g. PCR, whole genome sequencing, bulk or single cell RNA sequencing), measurement of proteins (e.g. antibodies and cytokines), and flow cytometry (e.g. T cells or NK cells). Under the direction of the Principal Investigator (PI) or designee, the Research Associate III performs a variety of research experiments with independence. This position may provide general operational management to the lab and its personnel.



-Perform laboratory experiments and may be responsible for a single research project

-Utilize all software relevant to experiment and equipment used

-Interpret data, form conclusions and decide on next steps under the direction of the PI or designee

-Maintain accurate records, may modify protocols with the approval of the PI or designee

-Review literature, publications and grants relevant to assigned projects

-Record results according to established lab, sponsor & university protocol

-Assist with performing data analysis and/or mathematical computations

-Maintain a detailed lab notebook according to lab practice

-Present findings at lab/group meetings

-Monitor laboratory supply levels and order as noted

-Prepare and label buffers, media, solutions, etc.

-Assist with and comply with all safety regulation and infection control standards

-Train on IACUC, IRB, EHS, Radiation safety protocols

-Comply with all applicable state, federal university, and sponsor policies and agreements

-Provide support with identifying problems and challenges, propose resolutions, implement appropriate solutions

-Provide support with drafting standard operation procedures in compliance to EHS regulation specific for the lab

-Perform other duties as required



-Bachelor’s degree in Biological or Natural Science, or equivalent experience

-Basic understanding of lab safety and protocols

-Knowledge of Microsoft Office products

-Ability to analyze data in a quantitative and objective manner.

-Ability to work in a team environment

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