Assistant Researcher

Updated: 6 months ago
Location: Lawrence, KANSAS


Higuchi Biosciences Center

Position Overview

This position is in the Immune Engineering Laboratory, which is focused on applying recently-developed technologies for antibody and protein drug discovery for a variety of collaborators and clients from academia, industry, government agencies and non-profit groups: .  Employees in this position will perform supervised research associated with high-throughput analyses of immune responses, and play a minor role in assisting with course instruction in related topic areas.  Example research tasks include, but are not limited to, processing of immune cells, bacterial plasmid production, protein production and purification, and functional analysis of antibody and T cell receptor molecules.

Job Description

70% - Perform laboratory research associated with fulfillment or preparation of grants, contracts and subcontracts.

  • Execute supervised experiments involving, processing of immune cells, plasmid production, protein production and purification, and functional analysis of antibody and T cell receptor molecules, and related tasks.

15% - Laboratory Maintenance
  • Work with other laboratory members to maintain the cleanliness of the lab including, but not limited to, ordering and maintaining equipment, washing and putting away lab dishes, and other laboratory maintenance.

10% - Student Training
  • Train new undergraduate students and lab members in routine laboratory practices.
5% - Course Instruction Assistance
  • Perform supervised assigned tasks related to course instruction in the schools of pharmacy and engineering.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in chemistry, biology, engineering, or a biotechnology field.
  • 1 year of academic or industrial laboratory experience in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, biophysics, pharmaceutics or a related research area.
  • Demonstrated effective written communication skills as evidenced by the application materials and CV.

  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to carry out research tasks independently.
  • Ability to effectively collaborate with other research staff in the laboratory.
  • Dedication to scientific work and the ability to be highly productive.

  • Contact Information to Applicants

    Brandon Dekosky

    Additional Candidate Instruction

    A complete application includes:  an online application through KU employment website, cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references.  The cover letter and resume should clearly indicate how you meet the required and preferred qualifications.

    Application review begins on August 31, 2019. To ensure first consideration, please apply by August 30, 2019.

    Advertised Salary Range

    commensurate with experience

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    Work Location

    University of Kansas - Lawrence

    Employee Class

    U-Unclassified Professional Staff

    Conditions of Employment

    Contingent on Funding


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