• Research Assistant

    Posted Date 1 week ago(7/9/2018 9:37 AM)
    Requisition ID
    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
    MI RS GEN Bone Disease
    Post End Date
  • Overview

    The Research Assistant is responsible for the collection, processing, storage and analysis of bio specimens. Responsibilities will include processing and analyzing samples following specific protocols and maintaining documentation and accurate records of all analysis and activities.


     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

    Salary: Negotiable


    1. Develops, modifies, and performs experimental procedures for use in the lab. 
    2. Analyzes results and compiles into report form. 
    3. Researches scientific literature and assists in the preparation of publications.
    4. Assists in lab administration (Inventories and orders supplies, negotiates discounts for supplies and equipment, assists with grant preparation and preparation of budgets, makes recommendations on the administration of the lab. Coordinates on call schedules for weekend sample processing)
    5. Trains new employees and instructs students.
    6. Laboratory Maintenance (restocking supplies, cleaning, wipe tests, maintenance of cell lines, equipment maintenance).
    7. Pick up, log, and process patient samples.  Perform laboratory experiments according to protocols developed for each experiment.  Determine and log results. 
    8. Setting up the assays (i.e. developing/optimizing immuoassays; ELISA with several hormones, Western blot for their receptors).
    9. Developing/optimizing RNA immunoprecipitation with me and performing realtime Reverse Transcription-PCR to measure particular gene expression levels.
    10. Assistant for Animal Surgery.
    11. Mouse Colony Maintenance.
    12. Genotyping.
    13. Cell sorting.
    14. Animal cell culture and testing drug effect by in vitro assays (cell proliferation assay and/or apoptosis assay).
    15. General laboratory manage (cleaning, organizing, ordering, etc).


    Bachelor degree in Biology, Chemistry or other science field plus 3 years' experience in a research laboratory required.


    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Experience with tissue processing, sectioning and/or histology.
    • American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Certification.

    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: Frequently
    Hear: Continuously
    Taste or smell: Occasionally
    Read, concentrate, think analytically: Continuously
    Physical Environment: Inside Laboratory Environment
    Noise Level: Moderate
    Visual Requirements: Color discrimination, Depth perception, Far visual acuity, Near visual acuity
    Hazards: Biological, Chemical, Sharp objects/tools


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