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Research Associate

Research Associate

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Position Type 
Regular Full-Time
Sub Category 
COM Biomedical Informatics Research
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The Research Associate will conduct cancer related sample prep and molecular profiling tasks under the direction of the UAMS Genomics Core Scientific Director and/or the UAMS Genomics Core Operations Manager.


UAMS offers amazing benefits and perks:

  • Merchant discounts
  • Training and education opportunities (Including tuition discounts of up to 50%, for full-time employees and eligible dependents seeking undergraduate credit)
  • Health: Medical, Dental and Vision plans available for staff and family.
  • UAMS employees are automatically enrolled in basic life at no cost. This benefit is annualized base on salary, up to $50,000 (Benefits are reduced at ages 70 and 75)
  • Optional Short and long term disability enrolment options. (Eligible employees are automatically enrolled in basic STD covering the first $45,000 of their salary and basic LTD covering your first $20,000 of salary at no cost to the employee).
  • Retirement: Up to 10% matched contribution for full-time employees.
  • Leave Time: 11 paid holidays annually, up to 12 days of annual vacation leave, up to 12 days of sick leave (additional leave available depending on status).
  • Convenient pharmacy, family doctors, dental, and vision on campus (discounts for using UAMS providers).
  • SmartCare concierge assistance to setup health appointments

Salary: Neg.


These laboratory experiments are related to the study of cancer biology from members of the UAMS Cancer Institute. Works independently and may supervise more junior members with experiments. Duties include ordering all necessary supplies and ensuring they are received and stored properly; performing tumor/tissue sample prep, Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) and other molecular profiling (e.g., microarray) experiments; recording, summarizing and presenting experimental results to the Scientific Director and/or Operations Manager; directing the work of junior lab co-workers, including problem-solving, experiment design, and management of equipment maintenance.


Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Biology, or another related science; plus a minimum of 5 years’ experience in a Biomedical Technology Lab or similar research environment. 


UAMS is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and is committed to excellence.

Physical Requirements

Stand: Frequently
Sit: Frequently
Walk: Frequently
Bend, crawl, crouch, kneel, stoop, or reach overhead: Occasionally
Lift, push, pull, carry weight: 10 lbs or less
Use hands to touch, handle, or feel: Frequently
Talk: Occasionally
Hear: Occasionally
Taste or smell: Occasionally
Read, concentrate, think analytically: Frequently
Physical Environment: Inside Laboratory Environment
Noise Level: Moderate
Visual Requirements: Near visual acuity
Hazards: None