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Sr Research Assistant, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Health & Disease

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Job Overview

As one of the oldest medical schools in the country, the UC College of Medicine has a reputation for training best-in-class health care professionals and developing cutting-edge procedures and research that improves the health and clinical care of patients.


The University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Health and Disease, is recruiting for a full-time senior research assistant to assist with the coordination of laboratory projects or research studies in a particular discipline.  This individual will make independent contributions to projects and studies based on professional training or functional experience, oversee management of animal colonies and assist in performing bench science research involving cell culture, molecular biology and physiological experiments. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, have a collaborative approach and strong communication skills. The selected candidate will assist with the coordination of laboratory projects or research studies in a particular discipline and will make contributions to projects and studies based on professional training or functional experience.


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Essential Functions

Lab Experiments

  • Assist in animal colony management and genotyping and use online database for colony management.
  • Perform animal handling including I.P injection, I.V injection, tissue and blood collection as well as genotyping.
  • Perform basic laboratory techniques, including DNA extraction, DNA gel electrophoresis, and chemical solution preparation.
  • Assist in basic lab maintenance and functions, including record keeping, data acquisition and purchasing of lab supplies.


Lab Management

  • Maintain the lab (organization and cleaning) and equipment in working order including animal orders. Identify, arrange and coordinate repairs when necessary.
  • Maintain and update lab protocols (IBC, IACUC and IRB) and follow the institute policies.
  • Ship live animals worldwide.
  • Ship infectious and biological substance samples in compliance with IATA Dangerous Goods regulations.
  • Support UC Concur report and supervise student workers.
  • Drafting lab protocols, methods, research report, etc.
  • May provide direct and/or indirect supervision to exempt and non-exempt staff including students, research assistants, visitors and postdoc fellows
  • Assist colleagues with functions common to all cardiology basic science laboratory: common equipment and maintenance, annual capital equipment inventories, etc.
  • Perform related duties based on lab need. This job description can be changed at any time.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor of Science degree in a relevant profession/field such as biology.
  • Seven (7) years of relevant work experience and/or other specialized training can be used in lieu of education requirement.


Required Experience

  • Hands-on experience with mice and rat handling.  
  • Knowledge of basic molecular biology techniques, e.g. DNA/RNA/protein extraction, conventional PCR/RT-PCR, qPCR, western blotting, etc.


Additional Qualifications Considered

  • Experience with direct and/or indirect supervision to exempt and non-exempt staff (i.e., hiring/firing, performance evaluations, disciplinary action, approve time off, etc.).  
  • Cell culture and ELISA
  • Experience with MS Office components and statistical software programs (GraphPad/Prism) is ideal.


Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • Sitting - Often
  • 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


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: 77356 


Sr Research Assistant, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Health & Disease

Date:  Jan 14, 2022

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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