Research Assistant (NE), Biological Sciences, Arts & Sciences

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Research Assistant (NE), Biological Sciences, Arts & Sciences

Job Overview

Seeking a full-time laboratory technician for an Applied and Environmental Microbiology lab in the Department of Biology at the University of Cincinnati. Position duties include: maintenance of anaerobic cultures, gas chromatography, organization of laboratory space; ordering, set-up and maintenance of laboratory equipment; media making and preparation; basic molecular biology (DNA/RNA extraction, PCR etc.); development of laboratory protocols; and various focused research projects on funded research topics. 

Essential Functions

  • Growth and cultivation of microorganisms in axenic culture
  • Preparation of media and stock solutions 
  • Analytical analyses (i.e., gas and ion chromatography) 
  • Organization of lab space and record keeping 
  • Assistance with general lab maintenance tasks

Required Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Five (5) years of relevant work experience and/or other specialized training can be used in lieu of education requirement.

Required Experience

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

Required Trainings/Certifications


Additional Qualifications Considered

Desired Qualifications:  

  • Experience with anaerobic microbiology with competence in: media making, basic cultivation approaches 
  • Experience with analytical methods such as ion chromatography, gas chromatography, etc.  
  • Competence with organizing lab protocols and data, and familiarity with data/computational/statistical analysis (optimally via, Excel, R and/or python).

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
  • Climbing stairs/ladders - Not Required
  • Crouching - Not Required
  • Crawling - Not Required
  • Reaching overhead - Not Required
  • Pulling, pushing - Not Required
  • Shoveling - Not Required
  • Lifting - up to 50 pounds - Not Required
  • Lifting - over 50 pounds - Not Required
  • 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.

Application Process Information

Applicants, please submit a resume or CV, contact information for two references, along with at least a 1-page cover letter describing your background and interest in this position.

Desired Start Date May 15, 2024

The Rowe lab focuses on understanding the mechanisms and diversity of microbial respirations that involve oxidation-reduction reactions with solid phase minerals (i.e., rocks), or in the laboratory setting with electrodes (Electromicrobiology). Laboratory projects include techniques in: visualizing and quantifying the energetics of electron flow in model bacterial systems (i.e. Shewanella), utilizing high through-put genetic techniques (i.e. Tn-seq) to identify genes involved in Extracellular Electron Transfer (EET) in sediment microbes, and testing electron transfer in model microbial communities that make methane through electrochemistry and anaerobic culturing. This position will focus on the later area, with specific interest in growing the metal reducing microbe Geobacter metalirreducens and methanogens within the Methanosarcinales. Opportunities for learning genetic techniques and electrochemistry will be provided. Mentoring of undergraduates will also be encouraged. 

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 is 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.


For questions about the UC recruiting process or to request accommodations with the application, please contact Human Resources at


The University of Cincinnati is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


REQ: 95826 


Research Assistant (NE), Biological Sciences, Arts & Sciences

Date:  May 11, 2024

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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