Research Assistant 1

Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland Heights, OH
Closing date
Dec 12, 2021

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Organization Type
Job Title: Research Assistant 1
Location: Case Main Campus
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 9559
Job Description POSITION OBJECTIVEWorking under moderate supervision, the Research Assistant 1 will perform research work in medical and related technical areas involving the use of lab/ research skills. The laboratory studies neural circuits in Drosophila using genetics, molecular biology, behavioral and microscopy techniques, research work in Drosophila aging and other projects designed by the principal investigator. The research work includes conducting experiments including but not limited to Drosophila genetic manipulation, behavioral and aging analysis bioinformatics and in situ hybridization. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
Perform experiments including Drosophila genetic manipulation, behavioral and aging analysis, bioinformatics, in situ hybridization, immunohistochemistry, tissue dissection, confocal microscopy and basic molecular biology. (45%) Conduct genetics experiments, collect image data from confocal microscope and analyze results in ImageJ and GIS. Conduct behavioral experiments using video-analysis. (20%)Order in situ RNA probes from web-based bioinformatics sites. Fluorescently label RNA probes using kits. (10%) Accurately record results for a particular experiment and related series of experiments in lab notebook and also electronically. Maintain records of experiments. (10%) NONESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
Order laboratory supplies necessary for completion of experiments using an in-house ordering system and restock inventory as needed. Order reagents and lab supplies from websites when needed. (5%)Maintain test equipment utilized in experiments to ensure that it is clean and fully functional. Report any equipment malfunction to principal investigator. (5%)Prepare general lab solutions, sterilize glassware and maintain lab supplies and Drosophila stocks. (5%)Perform other duties as assigned. (1%) CONTACTS Department: Daily to weekly contact with supervisor for the purpose of reporting results being obtained and issues related to lab maintenance and equipment.University: Occasional contact with other departments that provide services, such as fly media, sequencing and imaging core facilities outside the biology department.External: Limited contact with vendors to inquire about new products never tested in the lab before.Students: Daily Contact with student employees. SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITYThis position has no direct supervision of staff employees. QUALIFICATIONS Education/Experience: Bachelor's degree and 0 to 1 years of related experience or Associate's degree in an approved biotechnology program and 0 to 2 years of related experience. REQUIRED SKILLS
Knowledge and understanding of commonly-used concepts, practices and procedures in a laboratory environment.Ability to perform basic laboratory techniques.Ability to rely on Instructions and pre-established guideline to perform the functions of the job.Knowledge of computer software use (e.g., Image J, FIJI, Photoshop, BLAST, Excel, Word) preferable but not required at the time of hiring.Effective oral and written communication skills.Good interpersonal skills: ability to work and communicate with various individuals within and external to the university. Good organization skills: ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet deadlines. Must demonstrate attention to detail and accuracy, time management and follow-through.Ability to rely on and follow instructions and pre-established guidelines to perform the functions of the job. Must demonstrate willingness to learn new techniques, procedures, processes and computer programs as needed.Ability to meet consistent attendance.Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors and customers face to face. WORKING CONDITIONSTypical laboratory environment. May have exposure to hazards (formaldehyde). Personal protective equipment, including lab coat, gloves and goggles, will be provided to limit exposure to hazards. Exposure to noise from equipment. Frequent use of computers.Diversity Statement In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Reasonable Accommodations Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Equity at 216-368-3066 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.
COVID Vaccination Case Western Reserve University has implemented a COVID Vaccination policy requiring evidence of COVID-19 vaccination for all students, faculty and staff with an on-campus presence. Religious and medical exemptions may be provided in accordance with applicable federal and state laws. For more information go to: Applicants may contact the Office of Equity at 216-368-3066 / for information regarding religious or medical exemptions as an accommodation.

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