Research Assistant

Title Research Assistant
Department Name Office of Research
Supervisor Lab Manager
Exempt Full-Time


Special Requirements and Conditions

None


Items Used

Computer, research equipment


Position Description

Perform variety of laboratory procedures to support the research activities in CUSM research laboratories.



Essential Function

Primary Duties

  1. Support laboratory-based research activities to include but not limited to:
    • Conduct research experiments, analyze research data, and provide reporting, as needed.
    • Maintain cell lines, proper storage, and prepare for analysis in accordance to specific procedures.
    • Ensure proper functioning of lab equipment, request repairs/service as needed.
    • Maintain inventory of laboratory supplies, order as needed.
    • Mentors and trains staff/students, interns, or volunteers in lab related skills.
    • Sterilize lab instruments and reagents.
  2. Assist students and faculty with research projects (when possible).

Minimum Requirement

  • Bachelor’s Degree with major in Biochemistry, molecular/cell biology, chemistry or related field.
  • Basic laboratory procedures
  • Molecular and protein analysis including, but not limited to, cloning, flow cytometry, chromatography, enzyme assays, PCR and Western analyses
  • Knowledgeable with statistical and scientific software as well as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Experience with cell culture techniques
  • Preparation of solutions following specific instructions
  • Demonstrated ability to interact professionally and effectively with colleagues, supervisor, faculty and students
  • Demonstrated skill in working independently and completing assignments according to defined goals and objectives. Must be able to adjust priorities quickly, multitask with excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to sit or stand for long periods of time and use computer; stand, walk, bend, intermittently throughout the day. Ability to work in a university environment; moderate changes in temperature and noise
  • Ability to multitask and provide preparations and support for basic experiments for diverse research projects
  • Ability to demonstrate safety measures to work with biohazardous material (if necessary)
  • Must successfully complete and pass a pre-employment drug screen/physical and background check through the Department of Justice


To apply for an open position, please download and complete CUSM Employment Application. Please type in your signature and email your completed application to HR@calmedu.org with your cover letter and resume or curriculum vitae.