• Research Associate

    Posted Date 6 days ago(1/11/2019 3:36 PM)
    Requisition ID
    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
    COM Internal Med Endo
    Post End Date
  • Overview

    The Research Associate (RA) will work under direct supervision of the Principal Investigator (PI) to conduct ongoing research projects. These projects involve both cell culture and animal (rodent) experiments. It is expected that the RA will make significant
    contributions to experimental design/troubleshooting, data analysis, interpretation of results, and presentation of
    findings. In coordination with other members of the lab, s/he will be responsible for keeping accurate and detailed
    lab records and maintaining an organized lab space that promotes research productivity.


    Salary: Negotiable


    This is a provisional position. Provisional positions are funded by external grants or contracts with established end dates. When the grant expires or is not extended, the provisional position will be eliminated. Employees in provisional positions may apply for other positions at UAMS when their provisional position ends.


    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


    • Manages day-to-day planning and troubleshooting of cell culture and animal studies in order to achieve
      project goals.
    • When issues arise, works with the PI to adjust project strategy.
    • Preparation of DNA constructs for cell and animal modification using standard molecular biology
    • Performs cell culture and analysis involving rodent and human skeletal cell populations.
    • Performs standard molecular biology assays (e.g., qRT-PCR; Western blot; reporter assays) and skeletal
      phenotyping techniques (e.g., micro-computed tomography; histology; immunostaining) of cell culture or
      animal tissue samples.
    • Along with the PI, prepares manuscripts and conference abstracts describing study findings.
    • Presents project findings at lab meetings, Division meetings, and internal/external scientific conferences.
    • Along with the PI, provides day-to-day mentorship of students rotating through the laboratory.
    • Routinely reviews the literature to keep up-to-date with current advances in the field.


    Bachelor's degree in Biology or related filed plus 5 years of research experience required. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office.  Animal experience preferred.


    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: Occasionally
    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: Continuously
    Taste or smell: Continuously
    Read, concentrate, think analytically: Continuously
    Physical Environment: Inside Laboratory Environment
    Noise Level: Quiet
    Visual Requirements: Color discrimination, Depth perception, Far visual acuity, Near visual acuity
    Hazards: Biological, Chemical, Electrical, Fumes/Gases/Odors


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