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Performs research experiments and clinical studies in accordance with provisions of the approved protocol; maintains records of experiments and prepares laboratory reports; assists in analyzing data and preparing publications.
DESCRIPTION OF RESEARCH We are seeking a research assistant to join our laboratory at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Our group studies cytomegalovirus and other viruses of medical importance in children and transplant patients. We utilize cell culture, mouse models, and perform translational studies using patient-derived samples. Enthusiasm to learn new techniques, ability to multitask (carry on several projects simultaneously), and strong teamwork skills are essential. Work during some weekends will be required.
1. Performs research experiments independently or semi-independently in accordance with protocols approved by the principal investigator. Such experiments may involve the use of laboratory animals or human subjects any may require evening and/or weekend duties.
2. Prepares and tests substrate, conducts assays, and prepares tissue cultures for use in research studies, as applicable. Collects blood, urine, and other samples as needed. Such activities may be performed independently and may require evening and weekend hours.
3. Ensures accuracy of laboratory analytical procedures as required by specific research projects.
4. Collects and controls experimental data and patient information; and maintains accurate daily logs of experiments including methods, results, and conclusions.
5. Interprets the results of data analyses with input from the principal investigator.
6. Assists the principal investigator in the preparation of scientific publications and grant proposals.
7. Make recommendations about refinement and/or replacement of laboratory analytical procedures. Implements such refinements or new procedures with input from the principal investigator.
8. Orders supplies needed to conduct research; maintains inventory of equipment and supplies; and assures that research equipment is in good working order.
9. Collaborates in the preparation of research budgets, and monitors expenditure of funds to assure that studies are conducted within budgetary constraints.
10. Instructs other laboratory workers and students in standard methods, practices, procedures, and equipment operations.
11. Maintains a clean working area and performs general laboratory maintenance. Adheres to proper safety techniques and procedures.
12. Performs miscellaneous related duties.
KNOWLEDGE , SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED
Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of science from an accredited college, or equivalent experience.
Six months to two years of relevant laboratory experience.
Coursework in anatomy, physiology, immunology, statistics, relevant research methods are desirable.
Must be willing to work with animals (mice), human subjects, and body fluids from human subjects.
MINIMUM PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS Percent of time spent on: 63% Preparing test substrates, conducting assays, preparing cultures 25% Interpreting results of data analyses with PI 05% Miscellaneous paperwork associated with research 05% Ordering supplies 01% Preparation of budget 01% Instructing other lab personnel Minimum physical requirements: 100% Kneeling / reaching 100% Finger dexterity 100% Talking / hearing / seeing 33% Lifting / carrying weight 0-20 pounds for 1-5 minutes The above list of duties is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by individuals assigned to this classification. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of duties performed by the individual so classified, nor is it intended to limit or modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under his/her supervision.