Research Assistant - Cancer & Cell Biology

Updated: about 1 year ago
Location: Cincinnati, OHIO
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Research Assistant

 (Non-Exempt, Professional Hourly)

Department of Cancer & Cell Biology

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine


A Research Assistant position is currently available for employment beginning in May, June, or July 2017 in the lab of Dr. Tom Cunningham at the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine, in the Department of Cancer & Cell Biology, to study the molecular mechanisms that contribute to cancer development. The employee will have the opportunity to utilize in house state-of-the-art facilities to conduct cutting-edge research with the intention of publishing their results in pre-eminent peer-reviewed scientific journals such as Cell or Nature.


Primary job duties include :   Performing wet-lab experiments utilizing western blot analysis, RNA isolation, PCR, tissue culture, mouse genotyping, immunohistochemistry, molecular cloning and mouse dissection, to name a few. Secondary duties include: laboratory organization, aiding and training other lab members, maintaining mammalian cell cultures, preparing buffers and reagents, ordering, and ensuring safety and regulatory compliance. An estimated 90% of time will be committed to primary job duties (experiments), whereas only 10% will be spent performing secondary duties (maintenance/organization).


Minimum Qualifications :  B.A or B.S in relevant fields such as biology, chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, biophysics, etc. A minimum GPA of 3.5. Previous independent laboratory experience outside of required courses is mandatory . Ability to comprehend and critique published articles, and can work well independently or with other members of the lab. A minimum two year commitment is required, but deference will be given to candidates who can commit to three years. Candidates with extensive prior experience (>3-5 years) or graduate degree may be considered if the candidate’s qualifications are exemplary.


Preferred qualifications :  Experience in mice handling and proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Adobe, Photoshop, and Illustrator is preferred. Proficiency in Python, R, or other programming languages is an added bonus.


Responsibilities and technical expertise : The employee will work very closely with, and receive direct training from Dr. Cunningham, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and clinical fellows within the lab.


Interested candidates should apply at and create your 'Applicant Profile' and upload a CV/Resume.  Then search for # 17941 and officially apply.  Under application # 17941 upload references containing names and contact information of at least 3 professional references and cover letter. 


The University of Cincinnati is a premier, public, urban research university; ranked as one of America’s top 26 public research universities by the National Science Foundation. U.S. News has ranked UC in the Top Tier of America’s Best Colleges. The Chronicle of Higher Education calls UC a “research heavyweight”. Forbes, Delta Sky and Travel + Leisure magazines have named UC one of the most beautiful campuses. #HottestCollegeInAmerica


This position will be a professional position paid at an hourly rate.


The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / M / F / Veteran / Disabled.


REQ: 17941


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