Research Assistant 2


: $66,530.00 - $108,150.00 /year *

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Scientific Research

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Job Title: Research Assistant 2
Location: Case Main Campus
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 8031
Job Description
Position Objective

Working under general supervision, the Research Assistant 2 will plan, facilitate and carry out ongoing diagnostic and research work for a lab dedicated to work on prion diseases. The research assistant will manage laboratory inventory and quality control.

Essential Functions

  1. Plan and carry out research assignments including the Tau/ELISA diagnostic tests. (20%)
  2. Perform accurate, high quality bench work including DNA isolation, gel electrophoresis in one and two dimensions, and ELISA. May assist in developing improved techniques, projection methods or procedures. (20%)
  3. Plan, prepare and conduct analysis of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and brain tissue. (15%)
  4. Collect and analyze data from experiment results. (10%)
  5. Perform accurate extraction of DNA and blood plasma collection and storing samples in -20 degree freezers. (10%)
  6. Participate in organizing storage of CSF samples; print barcodes and label tubes and storage. Maintain certain equipment facilities. (5%)
  7. Process monthly ELISA quality control checks with lab director. (5%)
  8. Oversee inventory. Maintain stocks and solutions. (5%)
  9. Train new laboratory technicians and student employees as necessary. (5%)
  10. Function independently, handle emergencies, exercise tact and independent judgment in difficult and important transactions concerning other institutions and the university. (5%)

NonEssential Functions

Perform other duties as assigned.


Department: Reports directly to the manager and director of the center. Frequent contact with other members of the research and diagnostic groups, student employees, and other support personnel, in addition to faculty and postdoctoral fellows.

University: Occasional contact with faculty and staff in the School of Medicine, University Hospital Department of Medicine and numerous support and service departments in University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve University.

External: Occasional contact with suppliers of laboratory products and supplies.

Students: Frequent contact with student employees.

Supervisory Responsibility

This position has no direct supervision of staff employees. Train new staff; direct the work of students.


Education and Experience: Bachelor's degree in Biology or Chemistry and 1 to 3 years of related experience or an Associate's degree in an approved biotechnology program and 2 to 4 years of experience. 24 credit hours of combined biology and chemistry courses (at least 6 hours of each) is strongly preferred.


  1. Knowledge and understanding of commonly-used concepts, practices, and procedures in the prion field.
  2. Ability to perform DNA extraction, Western blotting, ELISA and Gel electrophoresis 1-D and 2-D and operate standard lab equipment.
  3. Effective oral and written communication skills, and good interpersonal skills; must demonstrate the ability to effectively and professional communicate and work with various individuals from a broad spectrum of disciplines, technical and educational backgrounds within the department, school and university, and with individuals outside the university.
  4. Strong organization skills; ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet deadlines. Must demonstrate attention to detail and accuracy, time management skills, and follow-through.
  5. Ability to work effectively independently and collaboratively within a team. Must be highly motivated, responsible, dependable and a self-starter.
  6. Ability to work with sensitive information and maintain confidentiality.
  7. Ability to maintain familiarity and demonstrate knowledge of the NPDPSC priorities, leadership and programs.
  8. Effective problem-solving skills; must demonstrate excellent analytical skills, sound judgment and good decision-making.
  9. Must demonstrate flexibility and ability to work under pressure; must be able and willing to work in a fast-paced, changing environment, and conform to shifting priorities, demands and timelines.
  10. Willingness and ability to relay on and follow instructions and pre-established guidelines to perform the functions of the job.
  11. Ability to operate laboratory equipment including but not limited to a centrifuge, shaker, cryostat, and microtome.
  12. Familiarity with policies and procedures of NPDPSC, Pathology Department, School of Medicine and CWRU.
  13. Proficiency in Microsoft Office and database management.
  14. Must demonstrate willingness to learn new techniques, procedures, processes, and computer programs as needed.
  15. Ability to meet consistent attendance.
  16. Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors and customers face to face.

Working Conditions

Standard laboratory conditions with some hazardous chemicals. Special hazards include biohazardous (potentially infectious) human brain and cerebrospinal fluid. The following personal protective equipment required: appropriate gloves, protective eyewear, laboratory coat, and safety shoes.

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