Research Associate IV

Job Description



Under the general direction of the Principal Investigator or designee, the Research Associate IV performs a variety of complex research experiments and is responsible for overseeing laboratory operations within the Department.



• Independently design and perform multiple complex laboratory experiments

• Identify and utilize all software relevant to experiment and equipment used

• Interpret data, form conclusions and decide on next steps with a high degree of independence

• Maintain accurate records, and record results according to established lab, sponsor and University protocol

• 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

• Maintain laboratory supply levels and order as noted

• Manage laboratory equipment service contracts and coordinate maintenance on laboratory equipment.

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

• Monitor and enforce all safety regulation and infection control standards

• Identify and write standard operation procedures in compliance to EHS regulation specific for the lab

• Train on IACUC, EHS, Radiation safety protocols

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

• Manage daily operations of the laboratory, including lab personnel, procedures and projects

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

• Develop and implement 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

• Mentor and train lab personnel on proper lab conduct and techniques

• Manage laboratory spending in accordance with budget guidelines provided by PI or designee

• Assist with budget and/or operational aspects of grant and contract proposals

• Negotiate with vendors to optimize available resources

• Contribute independently to writing sections for manuscripts and grants

• Direct the activities of research support staff

• Perform other duties as require



• Bachelor’s degree in Biological or Natural Science and 5+ years of relevant research experience or a related Master’s degree with 3+ years 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