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Jr Research Associate, Biological Sciences

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Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati ranks among the nation’s best urban public research universities. Home to more than 47,000 students, 10,500 faculty and staff and 330,000 alumni, UC combines a Top 35 research university with a physical setting The New York Times calls “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.”


With the launch of Next Lives Here, the Cincinnati Innovation District, a $100 million JobsOhio investment, eight straight years of record enrollment, worldwide leadership in cooperative education, a dynamic academic health center and entry into the Big 12 athletic conference, UC’s momentum has never been stronger. UC’s annual budget tops $1.6 billion and its endowment totals $1.9 billion.


Job Overview

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Cincinnati is seeking applications for a Jr. Research Associate. The position is for one year, starting August 2022, but the hiring period could be extended for an additional year. This position will assist in the laboratory inventory and organization, routine maintenance of parasite and mammalian cell cultures in a biosafety level 2 facility, will engage in rigorous laboratory activity, performing growth curves, differentiation assays, host cell infections, preparation of media and common laboratory solutions, experiments involving molecular biology skills for the generation and characterization of trypanosome mutant cell lines. This will include, but is not limited to, DNA/RNA/protein extraction, PCR, gel electrophoresis, gene cloning, western blot and fluorescence microscopy. This person will interact closely with graduate students and help with the training and supervision of undergraduates in lab techniques. Each applicant will be evaluated on commitment and contributions to diversity, as well as their appreciation for the University’s culture of inclusion and equity.

Essential Functions

  • Assist with the coordination of laboratory projects or research studies in a particular discipline.
  • Make independent contributions to projects and studies based on professional training or functional experience.
  • Summarize test results; respond to concrete project/study questions specifically related to the work performed.
  • Assist with or may work independently on whole projects/problems.
  • Contribute effectively to the collective team effort.
  • Analyze research results.
  • Organize data search and analysis procedures.
  • Assist in establishing test controls, criteria and research standards.
  • Assist in the design of complex data processing systems to analyze research data.
  • Accomplish assigned results for project/studies, or for significant aspects of larger, complex assignments.
  • Perform related duties based on departmental need. This job description can be changed at any time.

Required Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Four (4) years of relevant work experience and/or other specialized training can be used in lieu of education requirement.

Required Experience

Experience in related field, process or discipline.

Additional Qualifications Considered

  • Previous experience with cell culture and molecular biology.
  • Ability to coordinate multiple activities, including experiments along with maintenance of cell cultures.


Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • Sitting - Often

Application Process

Please include the names and contact information of two (2) references.


Compensation and Benefits

UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Competitive salary range dependent on the candidate's experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.


The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.


REQ: 87705 


Jr Research Associate, Biological Sciences

Date:  Sep 25, 2022

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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