Laboratory Faculty Research Assistant - TRI - Orlando
Florida Hospital - Orlando, FL

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Laboratory Faculty Research Assistant – TRI - Orlando

Florida Hospital seeks to hire a Laboratory Faculty Research Assistant who will embrace our mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ.

Facility Profile

Established in 1908, Florida Hospital is one of the largest not-for-profit healthcare systems in the country, caring for more than a million patients each year. The 2,286-bed acute-care medical facility, comprised of eight hospitals, has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best hospitals in the country for the past 10 years. It serves as a community hospital for Greater Orlando and as a major tertiary referral hospital for Central Florida and much of the Southeast, the Caribbean and Latin America.

Department Profile

The Translational Research Institute for Metabolism and Diabetes (TRI) is the product of an innovative affiliation between Florida Hospital and Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute that bridges the gap between discovery research and clinical care. The TRI brings together the complementary strengths of Sanford-Burnham’s basic science prowess and advanced research technologies and Florida Hospital’s compassionate, comprehensive clinical care and clinical/translational research expertise to accelerate the discovery and development of new approaches to diagnose, treat, and prevent obesity, diabetes, and their cardiovascular complications.

Work Hours/Shift:
Monday – Friday, Day Shift

Job Summary

As a Laboratory Faculty Research Assistant with TRI, you will make providing service your priority while caring for the whole person in a faith-based atmosphere.

The Laboratory Faculty Research Assistant performs a variety of duties including but not limited to the collection, processing and analysis of clinical research specimens and data, with particular emphasis on performing and optimizing assays using Immunohistochemistry, Molecular and Flow cytometry techniques. The Laboratory Faculty Research Assistant also assists in the daily laboratory operations including but not limited to the inventory of samples and supplies. Actively participates in outstanding customer service and accepts responsibility in maintaining relationships that are equally respectful to all.

Skills, Education & Experience Required:
Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Science, Biotechnology, Clinical Laboratory Science, or related field such as Chemistry


2+ years of experience in a clinical research, biopharmaceutical, or basic science laboratory setting.

Minimum 2+ years of relevant experience in a field of cell-based research (ie. molecular, drug discovery), including extensive work with nucleic acid, tissue immunohistochemistry, flow cytometry and cell culture.


Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, to multitask effectively and display flexibility in task completion and organization of daily workflow. Highly organized and detail oriented.

Technical skills and aptitudes in Immunohistochemistry and/or Molecular techniques.

Ability to learn and develop new techniques and procedures as needed for research protocol development.

Ability to handle infectious biological specimens, caustics, toxic chemicals and/or irritants appropriately and safely.

Ability to understand and utilize scientific/medical terminology and research theory in both oral and written communications, as well as the ability to prepare technical procedures and reports.

Strong desire to work in a unique clinical research laboratory setting.

Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in written form in English with patients, staff, and customers of varied backgrounds in a respectful, effective, and professional manner. Ability to read text and numbers in English, with demonstrated ability to comprehend, measure, reason, match, problem solve, and exercise judgment under supervision. Ability to respond appropriately to buzzers, bells, flashing lights, and pagers.

Ability to learn and apply computer-related applications and programs, including using electronic keyboards and other peripheral devices, as well as proficiency in MS Office Suite (Word, Excel).

Excellent judgment and the ability to handle confidential information within Florida Hospital guidelines and applicable regulations.

Organized, with the ability to work independently with minimal supervision and willingness and ability to learn new laboratory techniques.

Proficiency in a wide variety of cellular and molecular based techniques such as: qRT-PCR, DNA methylation assay, microarray analysis, Western Blot, ELISA, flow cytometry, immunohistochemistry, management of cell lines and primary cell culture.


Proficiency in a wide variety of specimen preparation, ranging from making basic solutions, reagents, and buffers to performing more complex processes such as DNA/RNA extractions, protein extractions, PCR preparation, stem cell isolations and cell culture, and preparations for histological evaluations. .


Proficiency in the use, maintenance, and trouble shooting of a variety of automated and manual laboratory instruments, particularly those used in the areas of molecular and protein analysis such as nucleic acid extractors, thermocyclers, sequencers, spectrophotometers, etc. .


Ability to contribute knowledge to the design and implementation of novel immunohistochemistry, molecular and protein assays, and quality control metrics for various types of biospecimens. .


License, Certification or Registration Required:

Job Responsibilities:
Demonstrates through behavior Florida Hospital’s Core Values of Integrity, Compassion, Balance, Excellence, Stewardship and Teamwork as outlined in the organization’s Performance Excellence Program.

Assists in clinical tissue acquisition, processing tissue and sample storage for various experiments/assays.

Performs/optimizes various assays including but not limited to: qRT-PCR, DNA methylation assay, microarray analysis, ELISA, flow cytometry, immunohistochemistry, ex-vivo angiogenesis assays, and flow cytometry analysis.

Utilizes new laboratory techniques as needed per research protocol.

Assists with developing and optimizating new analytic techniques, novel molecular assays, and quality control metrics as appropriate for research protocol development.

Performs pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical activities.

Participates in appropriate continuing education activities and enrichment seminars.

Performs other duties as assigned or directed to ensure the smooth operation of the department.

Monitors the supply and sample inventory periodically.

General Responsibilities:
o Participates in, and has knowledge of, laboratory and hospital Performance Improvement activities, including evaluation of new equipment and/or procedures or methods.

o Adheres to the Florida Hospital Corporate Compliance Plan and to all rules and regulations of all applicable local, state, and federal agencies and accrediting bodies.; protects confidentiality of patient information and results at all times.

o Follows appropriate safety policies including the appropriate use of PPE, hand washing, and hazardous chemical handling. Demonstrates understanding and adheres to Chemical Hygiene plan and Infection Control policies.

o Duties may include transport of hazardous waste from the point of generation to a designated secure storage area; employee will be required to complete initial training (prior to handling hazardous waste) and refresher training to include proper handling and transport of hazardous waste, and proper selection, use and disposal of personal protective equipment.

The above statements reflect the general duties and responsibilities necessary to describe the principal functions of the job, as identified, and shall not be considered an exhaustive list of job responsibilities which may be inherent in the job. Responsibilities are subject to change.

If you want to be a part of a team that is dedicated to delivering the highest quality in patient care, we invite you to explore the Laboratory Faculty Research Assistant opportunity with Florida Hospital and apply online today.






Florida Hospital

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Job Level


Staff / Associate

Education Level


Bachelor's Degree




Job Posting


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