Research Assistant

Updated: about 23 hours ago
Location: Detroit, MICHIGAN
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: Until Suitable Candidate is Found

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Position Title
Research Assistant  
Number of Vacancies
06 - School of Medicine  
Primary Department
H0656-Center Molecular Medicine/Genetics  
Essential Functions (Job Duties)
Perform laboratory based scientific techniques or population science (human subjects) research. Design and perform experiments. May recruit participants for studies by developing surveys and interviewing candidates to screen potential participants for qualifiers and barriers to the study. Participate in implementing research objectives, ensuring compliance with all legal, regulatory and protocol guidelines. Assist lab members with experiments as required. Communicate with principal investigator and Postdoctoral scholars/fellows on the status of research.
Collect and log laboratory results and/or community survey data. Evaluate and perform data analysis using graphs, charts or tables to highlight the key points of the research results collected in accordance with the research protocols as stipulated. Proofread and edit research data and documents to ensure accuracy.
Assist principal investigator with writing methods and summarizing/organizing data to be used in preparing and presenting presentations for professional, scientific and academic conferences and submittal to academic and scholarly peer-reviewed journals.
Maintain the laboratory work areas including routine maintenance on laboratory equipment as required. Order and organize required research supplies and records. Maintain cleanliness and organization of work station.
Perform other related duties as assigned.
Unique Duties
Under the guidance of the Laboratory Director, performs human functional genomics and microbiome research using organoid culturing techniques.
The successful candidate will work on functional genomics and human microbiome projects in the Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics. The candidate will be expected to work independently on assigned projects as well as to carry out research activities under the supervision of senior personnel in the lab. The ideal candidate will have prior experience with mammalian cell culture and will be a highly motivated and very conscientious individual.
An estimated percentage of the break down of activities is as follows:
80% - Research: Carries out research using the following techniques: organoid culture, PCR, Quantitative RT-PCR, DNA/RNA purification, mammalian cell and tissue culture (cell lines and primary cells/tissues).
10% - Contributes to ordering of supplies and maintenance of laboratory equipment, assists with the management and analysis of genetic data.
10% - Attends lab meetings and reads current journal articles pertaining to relevant projects.
Bachelor's degree required,, in a related field of study preferred.
Requires advanced knowledge predominantly intellectual in character in a field of science or learning acquired by a prolonged course of specialized intellectual instruction.
Ability to work independently, analyze, summarize and interpret research findings and data in reports and spreadsheets and communicate results. Knowledge of scientific integrity principles. Excellent time management, organization skills, interpersonal and communication skills and demonstrated ability to work with others in a collaborative environment.
Microsoft office software skills.
Excellent organizational and communication skills and desire to maintain good relations with co-workers required.
Preferred Qualifications
Bachelor's degree or higher in biology or related field required.
Familiarity with the following techniques (or ability to rapidly learn the techniques required): PCR, Quantitative RT-PCR, DNA/RNA purification, mammalian cell and tissue culture.
Familiarity with isolation of primary cells from tissue is a plus.
Testing Requirements
Not Applicable  
Test Scheduling
Working Conditions
Typical work environment may include a laboratory and/ or office environment. May require working non-standard business hours including evenings and weekends. May be required to travel to scientific conferences.  
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Job Category
Research Assistants/Associates  

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