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Junior Research Assistant

Employer
Case Western Reserve University
Location
Parma, OH
Closing date
Sep 24, 2022

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Sector
Science
Organization Type
Corporate
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Job Description
POSITION OBJECTIVE

The Research Assistant 1 will work under moderate supervision to perform research work related to studies investigating the role of signal transduction regulation in cardiovascular health and disease. This position will utilize excellent problem-solving skills and interpersonal skills to assist the principal investigator with laboratory management. This position will work with animals.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
  1. Perform research work involving the use of laboratory research skills. Perform routine, well-established cell biological and protein biochemistry experiments (cell culture, immunoblotting, immunoprecipitation and immunofluorescence). (40%)
  2. Perform supervised animal surgery as required to complete experiments. Measure renal function in live animals including blood pressure by radiotelemetry, urinary volume, urinary sodium excretion, and food and water consumption. Conduct analysis of samples. (20%)
  3. Maintain lab animals on appropriate genetic backgrounds. (10%)
  4. Record results for a particular experiment or closely related series of experiments. Maintain records of experiments in an appropriate laboratory notebook. (15%)
  5. Maintain test equipment utilized in experiments. Order laboratory supplies. Track supplies required for experiments and notify laboratory manager when supplies need to be ordered. Perform miscellaneous laboratory duties including inventory and housekeeping. (10%)


NONESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Perform other duties as assigned. (5%)

CONTACTS

Department: Daily contact with the principal investigator to discuss research progress, goals and time management. Regular contact with laboratory employees when collaborating.

University: Occasional contact with Animal Resource Center staff in the course of performing duties.

External: No contact expected.

Students: Occasional contact with laboratory student employees, when working on a common research project.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY

This position has no direct supervision of staff employees.

QUALIFICATIONS

Education/Experience: Bachelor of science degree and 0 to 1 year of experience; or Associate's degree in an approved biotechnology program and 0 to 2 years of experience required.

REQUIRED SKILLS
  1. Knowledge of commonly used concepts, practices and procedures in chemistry and biology.
  2. Previous experience working with animals preferred.
  3. Must demonstrate compliance with Case Western Reserve University animal research and care (ARC) policies and procedures and compliance to regulations of the Animal Welfare Act, Public Health Service Policy, AAALAC guidelines and other applicable regulatory guidelines.
  4. Must demonstrate compassion for animals within Case Western Reserve University facilities and dedication to the Animal Resource Centers mission. Must handle animals with care and respect at all times.
  5. Ability to follow instructions and pre-established guidelines to perform the functions of the job.
  6. Effective communication skills.
  7. Good interpersonal skills: ability to work and communicate with individuals within the laboratory.
  8. Strong organization skills: ability to multi-task, prioritize and give attention to detail in order to complete tasks
  9. Ability to meet consistent attendance requirements.
  10. Ability to work in a changing environment, and conform to shifting priorities, demands and timelines.
  11. Ability to adapt to varying workloads and respond appropriately to stressful situations.
  12. Must be able to complete all training requirements as set by the university and appropriate regulatory agencies.
  13. Ability to learn how to operate standard laboratory equipment.
  14. Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors and customers face to face.


WORKING CONDITIONS

Laboratory is located in a designated space within the School of Medicine. There are frequent interruptions and distractions. There is exposure to research specific chemicals, and appropriate laboratory apparel might be required including lab coat, gloves, and protective eyewear.

Case Western Reserve University's animal facilities are accredited by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) and is managed according to the "Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals appropriate Federal Animal Welfare Regulations, and the Public Health Service Policy on the Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals." This position, and all animal research personnel, are subject to internal compliance to SOM Animal Resource Center Standard Operating Procedures and to compliance regulations of the Animal Welfare Act, Public Health Service Policy, AAALAC guidelines, the State of Ohio Veterinary Practice Act, Federal Drug Enforcement Administration regulatory guidelines, US Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine regulations and other applicable regulatory guidelines.

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.

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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 Equityat 216-368-3066to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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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: https://case.edu/equity/covid-19-accommodations. Applicants may contact the Office of Equity at 216-368-3066 /equity@case.edu for information regarding religious or medical exemptions as an accommodation.
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