Senior Research Assistant
Company: Case Western Reserve University
Posted on: January 27, 2023
Working under limited supervision, the Research Assistant 3 will
coordinate laboratory/research activities for the National Prion
Disease Surveillance Center lab dedicated to diagnostic and
research work on prion diseases. The research assistant will
facilitate ongoing specimen accessioning, tissue bank management,
laboratory inventory management, and quality control.
Work closely with the principal investigator and lab director to
utilize new and innovative techniques involving a high degree of
skill and training. Accession samples accurately in a BSL2 lab.
Handle prion infected specimens and evaluate them for testing
viability in a timely manner. Devise new protocols and techniques
for research projects. Evaluate adequacy of techniques; study and
test new procedures and analyze. May co-author research projects.
(20%) Prepare, evaluate, and assign samples to relevant lab staff,
including genetic DNA extraction, CSF, histology and Western Blot
testing. Document all correspondence and input information in
database. Handle specimen verification calls to the sender or
referring physician to verify how the sample was treated and any
other knowledge deemed necessary. (20%) Coordinate and facilitate
the transfer of research samples between the university and other
institutions ensuring all applicable policies are adhered to.
Manage all import permits. Authorize all shipping and slide picture
requests, including receiving and exporting of materials. Obtain
hazardous shipping certificate. (15%) Coordinate activities of
laboratory/research staff regarding RT-QuIC recombinant preparation
for diagnostic testing. Perform accurate, complex RT-QuIC
diagnostic testing and analysis. (15%) Regularly monitor requests,
locate samples by freezer location, communicate and provide samples
to appropriate lab personnel for processing. Evaluate and manage
freezer locations and tissue bank space needs. Reorganize all
specimens as necessary to better suit and facilitate the
department's work (10%) Organize, label and transfer repository of
archived fixed brain tissue from large containers to smaller
containers for long-term storage purposes. (10%) Oversee supply
inventory. Train new laboratory technicians and student employees.
(5%) Function independently, handle emergencies, exercise tact and
independent judgment in difficult and important transactions
concerning other institutions and Case Western Reserve University.
Perform other duties as assigned. (
Department: Frequent contact with the manager and director of the
center. Frequent contact with other members of the research and
diagnostic groups, other support personnel, faculty, and
University: Occasional contact with faculty and staff in the School
of Medicine, University Hospital Department of Medicine and
numerous support and service departments in University Hospitals
and Case Western Reserve University.
External: Frequent contact with suppliers of laboratory products
Students: Occasional contact with student employees.
No direct supervision of staff employees. Train new laboratory
technicians and student employees and occasionally direct the work
of student employees when necessary.
Experience: 3 to 5 years of related experience required.
Education/Licensing: Bachelor's degree in science required,
preferably in chemistry or biology.
Must be extremely well organized and capable of setting priorities
while maintaining consistent attention to accuracy and quality.
Must show great transparency in work and be able to create SOP's as
necessary for work functions and protocols. Must keep exceptionally
accurate and easily retrievable records. Has knowledge of
commonly-used concepts, practices, and procedures within the field
of chemistry and biology. Must be motivated to explore and learn
new laboratory techniques and must be able to teach laboratory
techniques to other technicians. Ability to work under pressure,
multi-task, and be a team player. Punctuality and good attendance
required. Ability to meet consistent attendance. Must be able to
manage specimen storage for permanent tissue bank Ability to
operate laboratory equipment. Excellent oral and written
communication skills and interpersonal skills; must demonstrate the
ability to effectively and professionally communicate and work with
various individuals from a broad spectrum of disciplines, technical
and educational backgrounds within the department, School and
University, and with individuals outside the university.
Good/strong organization skills; ability to multi-task, prioritize
and meet deadlines. Must demonstrate attention to detail and
accuracy, time management skills, and follow-through. Ability to
work with sensitive information and maintain confidentiality.
Effective problem-solving skills; must demonstrate sound judgment
and good decision-making. Ability to perform DNA extraction,
Western Blotting, and ELISA, along with tissue transfers under a
BSL2 hood. Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors, and
Standard laboratory conditions with some hazardous chemicals.
Special hazards include biohazardous (potentially infectious) human
brain and cerebrospinal fluid and other bloodborne pathogens and
chemicals. The following personal protective equipment required:
appropriate gloves, protective eyewear, laboratory coat, and safety
In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is
committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. - Women, veterans,
members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with
disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations
to applicants with disabilities. - Applicants requiring a
reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring
process should contact the Office of Equity -at 216-368-3066 -to
request a reasonable accommodation. - Determinations as to granting
reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a
Case Western Reserve University has implemented a COVID Vaccination
policy requiring evidence of COVID-19 vaccination for all students,
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exemptions may be provided in accordance with applicable federal
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