Research Associate III

Job Description



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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