Research Assistant

Updated: about 24 hours ago
Location: Detroit, MICHIGAN
Job Type: FullTime

Posting Number
Position Title
Research Assistant  
Number of Vacancies
06 - School of Medicine  
Primary Department
Essential Functions (Job Duties)
This position is responsible for maintaining the laboratory, including ordering reagents, making solutions, running and assisting with research projects involving transgenic animal maintenance, studies on microRNAs in the biology of the eyes and ocular diseases, including ocular infectious disease, diabetic retinopathy, and inherited retinal degeneration, using techniques of molecular biology and genetics, cell biology and immunology.
Principle Duty and Responsibilities:
Perform and/or assist in experiment procedures; optimizing experimental protocols
Maintain appropriate amount and kinds of supplies, ordering when needed;
Maintain laboratory equipment, responsible for minor repairs and coordinating repairs or equipment replacement;
Animal (mostly mice) maintenance, including genotyping and basic animal procedures;
Keep manuals and protocols in good order;
Prepare solutions for experiments;
Collect experimental data, perform basic data analysis and report results to supervisor and in lab meetings
Perform basic microscopy and capture images.
Unique Duties
A bachelor degree in biology or life sciences is required.
Knowledge and skills required:
Basic knowledge and techniques in cell biology, e.g. cell culture, immunohistochemistry, Western blot, in situ hybridization;
Basic knowledge and technique in molecular biology, e.g. DNA, RNA isolation, PCR, RT-PCR;
Basic knowledge and skills in microscopy;
Basic computer skills, including word processing, excel, power point, photoshop, internet browsing;
Good communication and organization skills.
Preferred Qualifications
A master degree in biology or life sciences is preferred. Previous research experiences in animal research, ocular research, and molecular and cellular biology research are preferred. Highly motivated candidates who have passion in medical research to advance their careers are encouraged to apply.  
Testing Requirements
Not Applicable  
Test Scheduling
Working Conditions
Job Type
Job Category
Research Assistants/Associates  

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Reposting Reason:
None (New Posting)  

Background Check Requirements
University policy requires certain persons who are offered employment to undergo a background check, including a criminal history check, before starting to work. If you are offered employment, the University will inform you if a background check is required.  
Instructions for submitting your application:
Application should include an updated c.v. and names and contact information of at least three references.  
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