Research Associate

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Kansas City, MISSOURI
Job Type: FullTime

Job Type:
Staff


Job Description:

Summary: Contributes to the advancement of the university; helps ensure high quality outcomes in research endeavors; and assists in running the laboratory.

Summary: Contributes to the advancement of the university; helps ensure high quality outcomes in research endeavors; and assists in running the laboratory.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Research I

  • Assists with research projects and scholarly activities
  • Supports faculty research projects through executing assigned experiments, analyzing data, conducting literature searches and assisting with manuscripts and poster preparation
  • Assists in running the laboratory; including ordering supplies and maintaining laboratory inventory and equipment
  • Participates in mentoring students in research
  • Represents Department and the University favorably and in accordance with the established Core Values and expectations
  • Perform other duties as assigned or directed to meet the goals and objectives of the Department and the University

Research II

  • Fully meets the responsibilities of Research I
  • Manages research projects and scholarly activities
  • Supports faculty research projects through implementing experimental design, analyzing the data, accomplishing literature searches, manuscript writing and poster preparation
  • Manages the research laboratory and office including coordinating the research activities of students
  • Required to utilize their specialized academic training to conduct intellectual work and experience in supporting students in their research projects, training and mentoring students in various laboratory techniques, and troubleshooting as needed

Supportive Functions:

  • Perform other administrative tasks (i.e., filing, preparing documentation, ensuring that the laboratory is in compliance with regulatory standards)
  • Participate in developing department goals, objectives, and systems
  • Actively participate in team and University meetings

Qualifications:

Research I

  • Bachelor’s degree in a field related to Biomedical Sciences
  • One year experience working in a biomedical research laboratory
  • Must possess working knowledge of research and experimental protocols
  • Ability to troubleshoot and solve problems
  • Ability to analyze a situation and exercise good judgment and discretion as appropriate
  • Proficiency in basic computer applications required
  • Must have effective communication skills, interpersonal skills and the ability to work with faculty, staff and students
  • Must have excellent organizational skills, be detail-oriented, and a self-starter
  • Requires the ability to meet deadlines and complete assignments accurately

Research II

  • Fully meets the responsibilities of Research I
  • Master’s degree + 1 year experience working in Biomedical Research Laboratory or Bachelor’s degree in a field related to Biomedical Sciences + 2 years equivalent experience
  • Experience with mammalian cell culture, immunoblotting, microscopy, live cell imaging, transfection, PCR preferred

Performance Expectations:

Integrity - Demonstrating respect, honesty and professionalism

Compassion - Caring for students, patients, and colleagues and all humanity

Excellence- Achieving quality in all that we do

Collaboration - Working with others to recognize diverse perspectives and achieve mutual goals

Intellectual Curiosity - Pursuing personal and professional growth

Innovation - Embracing new practices to improve outcomes

Heritage - Remaining true to our Midwestern values and the guiding principles of osteopathic medicine

Physical Requirements:

  • Physical dexterity sufficient to use hands, arms, and shoulders repetitively to operate a keyboard and other office equipment, use a telephone, access file cabinets and other items stored at various levels, including overhead
  • Ability to speak and hear well enough to communicate clearly and understandably with sufficient volume to ensure an accurate exchange of information in normal conversational distance, over the telephone, and in a group setting
  • Ability to continuously operate a personal computer for extended periods of time (4 or more hours)
  • Mental acuity sufficient to collect and interpret data, evaluate, reason, define problems, establish facts, draw valid conclusions, make valid judgments and decisions

The essential physical and mental requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Equal Opportunity Employer

KCU is committed to promoting an equal employment opportunity workplace. Equal opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, genetic information (GINA), physical or mental disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, familial status, ancestry, military and/or veteran status, and/or any other status protected by applicable Federal, state or local law.

Thank you for your interest in a career at KCU!


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