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Principal Research Assistant, Chemistry, Limbach Lab, Rieveschl Laboratories for Mass Spectrometry

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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

Under the supervision of Patrick A Limbach., PhD, in the Department of Chemistry, the Principal Research Assistant carries out analytical and biomedical related research and acts as lab manager for daily operations of the Rieveschl Laboratories for Mass Spectrometry, including maintaining equipment, inventory, protocols, purchasing, and related activities. Supervises support staff and oversees students and other trainees.


Assesses and resolves technical problems in the laboratory as they arise. Teaches lab skills and assists with onboarding of incoming lab personnel. Conducts experiments, performs routine and technically advanced assays as needed.

Essential Functions

  • Participate in research projects and supports and carries out collaborative programs
  • Oversees staff and trainees working in the lab.
  • Directs and supervises training of new employees and investigators in laboratory procedures.
  • Performs experiments with a high level of independence including sample preparation and operation of instrumentation including HPLCs, spectrophotometers, and cell culturing equipment.
  • Contributes ideas and suggestions for improvements in experimental protocols and techniques. Develops and validates new protocols as required
  • Manages equipment repair problems for the lab. Responsibilities include handling, monitoring and signing off equipment repairs.
  • Writes and updates laboratory protocols and safety guidelines
  • Calculates, transcribes and analyzes data
  • Prepares and presents reports and updates, organizes and summaries acquired data, using scientific and statistical techniques
  • Organizes and/or drafts material for the preparation of research papers, manuscripts, or other documents for publication and/or presentation
  • Participates in preparation of scientific reports
  • Procurement of supplies, the scientific maintenance of the laboratory and the organization of research material
  • Library research and database analysis, upkeep of written records of experimental procedures and data analysis
  • Serve as lab Safety Officer controlling colleagues' potential risks and assuring lab meets Safety (both Fire and Biohazardous) required standards. Receives specimens from specimen source and ensures proper identification including assigning a specimen number
  • Work with the PI for financial management of the lab
  • Coordinate regulatory/compliance activities
  • Contribute to the scientific literature/and potentially present at outside meetings/conferences

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

  • Five (5) years relevant work experience.
  • Additional related work experience may be required depending on field or discipline.

Additional Qualifications Considered

  •   Experience in cell culture, and biochemical techniques.
  • Experience with analytical instrumentation including chromatography, spectrophotometry, and mass spectrometry.
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Analytical skills and ability to resolve technical problems
  • Ability to interpret acceptability of data results
  • Working knowledge of data management programs
  • High degree of computer literacy
  • Demonstrated competence in research techniques and methodologies
  • Ability to translate, adapt and apply science
  • Familiar with computers including elementary word processing and database management.
  • Attentive to detail and precise in performing technical tasks.
  • Previous supervisory experience

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • Sitting - Continuously


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: 85770 


Principal Research Assistant, Chemistry, Limbach Lab, Rieveschl Laboratories for Mass Spectrometry

Date:  Sep 23, 2022

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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