Research Assistant 1 in Global Health & Diseases
Case Western Reserve University - Cleveland, OH

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Working under moderate supervision, perform research work in medical and related technical areas involving the use of lab/ research skills. Primary duties include performing routine immunological assays and routine maintenance of parasite cultures, and preparation of human lymphocytes for various immunological studies.


1. Perform basic immunological assays.

2. Records results; assist with database management

3. Store and catalog samples in the freezers, especially when additional samples arrive from study sites

4. Order laboratory supplies and stock the laboratory.

5. Make basic reagents and solutions as required.

6. Assure that laboratory equipment is working properly and maintained.

7. Organize and ship supplies and reagents to oversea sites


1. Assist with specialized research projects with students/staff working in the laboratory

2. Assist with maintaining parasite and tissue cultures in the laboratory.

3. Perform other duties as assigned.


Department: Contact with the principle investor and research associates. Contact with department administrative staff regarding orders.

University: May have contact with other medical school staff.

External: Little or not contact with external vendors.

Students: May have contact with student employees.


This position will not have supervisory responsibilities.


Education/ Experience: Bachelor's degree and 0 to 1 year of experience or Associate's degree in an approved biotechnology program and 0 to 2 years of experience


1. Effective oral and written communication skills.

2. Good interpersonal skills; ability to work and communicate with various individuals within and external to the university.

3. Good organization skills; ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet deadlines. Must demonstrate attention to detail and accuracy, time management, and follow-through.

4. Ability to work effectively independently and collaboratively within a team.

5. Effective problem-solving skills; sound judgment and good decision-making.

6. Ability to rely on and follow instructions and pre-established guidelines to perform the functions of the job.

7. Knowledge of basic accounting practices is preferred.

8. Ability to perform various clerical functions, including filing, data entry, organizing materials, copying, faxing, scanning documents, routing documents, etc.

9. Proficiency in Microsoft Office (ex: Word, Excel, PowerPoint), database applications, and with internet navigation.

10. Demonstrate willingness to learn new techniques, procedures, processes, and computer programs as needed.


The work will be performed in a laboratory without any undo hazards. The employee will be exposed to human serum/plasma, which will require basic training in blood-borne pathogens.

Diversity Statement

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Reasonable Accommodations

Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 216-368-8877 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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