POSITION TITLE: RESEARCH ASSISTANT II
DEPARTMENT: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
SUPERVISOR'S TITLE: Primary Investigator
TITLES SUPERVISED: N/A
TOTAL NUMBER OF FTE's DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY SUPERVISED: 0
PURPOSE OF POSITION: To conduct laboratory duties and research for an assigned division(s)/department(s) of a Medical Center. To perform experiments according to established procedures, to make accurate observations, to record test results, and to analyze data.
REQUIRED SKILLS: Effective verbal and interpersonal communication skills. Ability to relate to diverse age and demographic backgrounds. Capability for understanding and following verbal and written instructions. High clerical accuracy, attention to detail, strong organizational skills, and independent work initiative. Computer literate with working knowledge of software applications (word processing, spreadsheet, and database). Analytical ability sufficient to compare data; mathematical ability sufficient to perform algebraic calculations and statistical analysis. Ability to operate laboratory equipment. Knowledge of Scientific Terminology. Capable of meeting time demands necessary to execute experiments. Able to identify mistakes and discuss resolution plan. Attention to the veracity of results.
Bachelor's degree in related discipline
OR Associate's Degree in a specialized scientific discipline (i.e., Biology, Analytical Chemistry, Biotechnology) and two years experience at a Research Assistant I level or equivalent/similar role
OR High School Diploma or equivalent and at least four years related experience. Alternatively, if the prior or current Principal Investigator can document extraordinary contributions of the applicant that demonstrates an equivalent level of expertise, this will be considered.
Research laboratory experience with exposure to laboratory procedures, likely including instrumentation, tissue culture, and animal handling.
Undergraduate research work experience
Follow research protocol. Maintain accurate and detailed records of all laboratory work and experiments. Analyze data; perform statistical and graphical analysis of data. Design and execute daily laboratory experiments in coordination with senior laboratory personnel. Reproduces and evaluates techniques and results for accuracy. Apply standard protocols to specific experiments, research and improve current methods, and evaluate innovative techniques. Assists in training students and new/junior laboratory personnel in laboratory techniques and equipment operation.
- Perform Experiments and Record Data
Troubleshoot and correct erroneous results or problems with laboratory equipment. Reproduces and evaluates techniques and results for accuracy. Maintain inventory of laboratory supplies and equipment. Maintain cell cultures. Operate standard laboratory equipment. Use and maintains laboratory equipment appropriately. Responds to obviously erroneous results or problems with equipment. Assists in daily operations of the laboratory including answering phone, maintaining lab supplies, organization, and cleanliness.. Provides appropriate safety monitoring checks as assigned (radiation safety, biosafety, etc.).
Skills & Competencies
Ability to perform clerical functions with accuracy and attention to detail
Understanding and showing respect and appreciation for the uniqueness of all individuals; leveraging differences in others' perspectives and ideas; appreciating cultural differences and adjusting one's approach to successfully integrate with others who are different from oneself
Ability to follow complex written and verbal instructions
- Follow Instructions - Adv
Advanced knowledge of scientific terminology
- Scientific Terminology - Adv
Proficiency in basic computer applications such as Microsoft Office, e-mail and internet
Pursuing work with little supervision or assistance; directing one's own efforts
Possess strong organization skills and attention to detail
Prioritization and time-management skills sufficient to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
Strong analytical skills with the ability to make judgments and recommendations based on statistical analysis
Familiarity with statistical software, statistical techniques, statistical process control principles, and graphical data display
- Statistics - Intermediate
Ability to independently work through details of a problem to reach a positive solution
Ability to operate necessary laboratory instruments and equipment
Working knowledge of research methods including measurement, data collection and validity issues
Effective verbal, written and/or interpersonal communication skills
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