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Research Assistant, Environmental & Public Health Sciences

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Job Overview

The Department of Environmental and Public Health Sciences at the University of Cincinnati within the College of Medicine is seeking a Research Assistant to work under general supervision of Katherine Burns, PhD. The Burns Laboratory’s research is focused on studying endometriosis, a gynecological disease that affects millions of women. The successful applicant will be involved in examining the etiology of endometriosis using a mouse model of disease and human tissue samples. The goals of the current project are to dig deeper into immune regulation during the development of endometriosis.

This is an entry to mid-level position that will assist with the coordination of laboratory projects or research studies in immunology, reproductive biology, and/or microbiology, makes independent contributions to projects and studies based on professional training or functional experience. This position will conduct research and/or analyze research data and ensure that all experiments are appropriately conducted following the policies and procedures of the University of Cincinnati.

Essential Functions

  • Demonstrate understanding of research fundamentals (e.g., testing and evaluating procedures, data validation and interpretation).
  • Knows fundamental concepts of molecular biology, immunology, or reproductive biology.
  • Demonstrates ability to learn, work in teams, and work on pieces of projects/studies.
  • Responds well to teamwork and for the timeliness and quality of his/her own work assignments as it relates to timeliness and quality of teamwork.
  • Performs assigned research; works under guidance of a more experienced professional; meets assigned deadlines; reads scientific literature.
  • Relies on more experienced staff; most work is subject to frequent review.

Minimum Requirements

Bachelor's degree in a scientific field or equivalent level of knowledge (Five (5) years of relevant work experience and/or other specialized training).

Required Experience

Additional related work experience may be required depending on field or discipline.

Additional Qualifications Considered

  • Experience in flow cytometry, RT-PCR, western blotting, and animal handling techniques.
  • Experience with mouse husbandry, mouse surgery, tissue collection, or primary cell culture.

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • Sitting - Continuously
  • Repetitive hand motion (such as typing) - Often
  • Hearing, listening - Often
  • Talking - Often
  • Standing - Often
  • Walking - Often
  • Bending - Often
  • Stooping - Often
  • Lifting - up to 20 pounds - Often
  • Kneeling, squatting - Seldom
  • Noise: There is sufficient noise to cause you to shout in order to be heard above the noise level.
  • Hazards: Includes a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts of machinery or tools used to perform work, moving vehicles, electrical current, working on scaffolding and high places, or exposure to chemicals.
  • Atmospheric Conditions: Conditions that affect the respiratory system, such as fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases, or poor ventilation.


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: 82247 


Research Assistant, Environmental & Public Health Sciences

Date:  Jun 10, 2022

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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