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Research Assistant

JOB DESCRIPTION

Job Summary: Under general direction, assists the sr. research assistant or other research investigators by performing moderately complex research and experimentation following established protocols; performs routine lab and equipment maintenance, such as cleaning glassware, counter tops, and equipment; sets-up and operates various scientific apparatus; assists with research projects and may perform independent research or performs various clerical and editorial duties; compiles, processes and analyzes data; performs supervisory and training duties.

CHARACTERISTIC JOB TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

May include any and/or all of the following:

  1. Sets-up and operates various scientific apparatus; sets-up and operates spectrophotometer, fraction collectors, chromatography equipment, centrifuges, incubators, homogenizers, and various microscopes.
  2. Performs various clerical duties including typing, answering phones, preparing correspondence, preparing and maintaining bibliographies, and completing applications and forms.
  3. Assists with research projects; performs independent research; plans, designs and implements research projects; prepares and maintains culture media, reagents, and experimental animals; grows cultures; administers injections; performs various assays; sterilizes equipment; separates and purifies various materials and substances using such techniques as chromatography and electrophoresis; performs surgery on experimental animals; orders laboratory supplies; performs library research; prepares compounds; interprets experimental test data; performs minor equipment repairs; cuts, stains and mounts specimens.
  4. Performs various editorial duties; writes, reviews and edits various materials for publication; prepares publication schedules; orders books and other publications.
  5. Performs supervisory and training duties involving lower level employees; attends and participates in meetings, conferences, and training groups.
  6. Compiles processes and analyzes data; records research procedures and results; files and maintains records; codes data for input for electronic data processing; inputs and retrieves data using computers.
  7. Performs other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

  • Knowledge of laboratory procedures
  • Knowledge of the use and preparation of culture media, chemicals, and reagents
  • Knowledge of medical terminology
  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Supervisory skills
  • Interpersonal/human relation skills
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions
  • Ability to tend to details
  • Ability to maintain records and inventories
  • Ability to operate a personal computer

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education and experience equivalent to:

Bachelors degree in science or related field. Broad knowledge involving laboratory techniques or other specialized knowledge is desired.

 

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