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Research Assistant

Research Assistant

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Position Type 
Regular Full-Time
Sub Category 
MYEL Myeloma Genetics I
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The Research Assistant performs laboratory experiments related to myeloma as needed. Responsibilities include: Managing patient samples, extracting nucleic acids, recording information and accurate storage of samples and performing next generation sequencing. This position will also perform gene expression profiling and recording of information in databases. The Research Assistant will perform library preparations both manually and on a Sciclone robotics system. Maintaining health and safety records and good laboratory practice standards for maintaining records, assisting co-workers and problem solving as required.


UAMS offers amazing benefits and perks:

  • Health: Medical, Dental and Vision plans available for staff and family
  • Holiday, Vacation and Sick Leave
  • Education discount for staff and dependents (undergraduate only)
  • Retirement: Up to 10% matched contribution from UAMS
  • Basic Life Insurance up to $50,000
  • Career Training and Educational Opportunities
  • Merchant Discounts
  • Concierge prescription delivery on the main campus when using UAMS pharmacy


(85%) - Performs laboratory experiments related to the study of myeloma. Molecular techniques such as DNA/RNA isolation and quantitation, qualitative and quantitative PCR and RT-PCR, next generation library preparation. Prepares and maintains patient samples for experiments.


(5%) - Orders reagents as required, maintains equipment in good working order


(5%) - Records, summarizes and presents experimental results to supervisor. Updates and files experimental protocols. 


(5%) - Assist co-workers with problem solving, helps co-workers in designing and conducting experiments in areas of their expertise. Assist laboratory personnel in the use of equipment, ordering of supplies and equipment and other work related chores.


Decision Making - This person must make all decisions necessary for completion of successful scientific experiments in a timely manner. Must be able to approach immediate supervisor when needed for decision making.

Interaction - Interacts regularly with Director of the Division and other MI Faculty,  and other members of the myeloma team.


Problem Solving/Accountability/Independence - Must be able to work independently and be held accountable for all data produced. 


Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Sciences or related field plus 3 years of research experience required. 


Salary: Negotiable


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


Physical Requirements

Stand: Frequently
Sit: Occasionally
Walk: Frequently
Bend, crawl, crouch, kneel, stoop, or reach overhead: Frequently
Lift, push, pull, carry weight: 26 - 50 lbs
Use hands to touch, handle, or feel: Continuously
Talk: Continuously
Hear: Continuously
Taste or smell: Frequently
Read, concentrate, think analytically: Continuously
Physical Environment: Inside Laboratory Environment
Noise Level: Moderate
Visual Requirements: Depth perception
Hazards: Biological, Chemical