Research Associate III

Job Description


POSITION SUMMARY: 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 complex laboratory experiments and may be responsible for one or more independent research projects

– Utilize all software relevant to experiment and equipment used

– Interpret data, form conclusions and decide on next steps with a significant degree of independence while 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

– Perform in-depth data analysis and/or mathematical computations

– Maintain a detailed lab notebook according to lab practice

– Compile and analyze data, and present in a format suitable for publication according to PI specifications

– Present findings at lab/group meetings and other forums

– May oversee laboratory supply levels and order as noted; negotiate with suppliers to optimize available resources

– Monitor laboratory equipment service contracts and monitor maintenance on laboratory equipment

– 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; may write standard operation procedures in compliance to protocols and specific regulations for the lab

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

– May manage general operations of the laboratory, including lab personnel, procedures and projects

– Identify problems and challenges, propose resolutions, implement appropriate solutions

– May create new protocols and/or modify defined protocols, as necessary, and with the approval of the PI

– Prioritize and perform several tasks or procedures simultaneously with attention to detail

– Perform duties and experiments with independence

– Provide training of new lab personnel

– May monitor laboratory spending in accordance with budgets guidelines provided by PI or designee

– May assist with budget and/or operational aspects of grant and contract funding

– May assist with drafting manuscripts sections

– Perform other duties as required



– Bachelor’s degree in Biological or Natural Science and 3+ years of relevant research experience or a related Master’s degree with 1 year of relevant research experience.

– Knowledge of Microsoft Office products

– Strong ability to analyze complex visual data in a quantitative and objective manner

– Ability to work in a team environment

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