POSITION TITLE: RESEARCH ASSISTANT III
DEPARTMENT: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
SUPERVISOR'S TITLE: Primary Investigator
TITLES SUPERVISED: NA
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 independently 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. Capable of understanding and following verbal and written instructions. Demonstrate high clerical accuracy, attention to detail, strong organizational skills, and an independent work initiative. Computer literate and 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 and ability to synthesize publically available medical literature required. 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 a related discipline AND one year experience working full time as a Research Assistant II, or equivalent combination of similar post graduate professional experience and an undergraduate experience in an extensive internship that is 1) in a designated and nationally recognized research environment, or 2) evidenced by contributions to the peer-reviewed literature.
-OR Master's degree in a related discipline.
-Experience with laboratory procedures, including instrumentation, quantitative skills, tissue culture, and animal handling.
·Design & perform experiments and record data
Follow established research protocols. Understand the scientific principles involved in the research. Apply those principles to troubleshoot and modify procedures and techniques when appropriate. Maintain accurate and detailed records of all laboratory work and experiments. Analyze data and perform statistical and graphical analysis of data. Design and execute daily laboratory experiments in coordination with senior laboratory personnel. Apply standard protocols to specific experiments. Assists in training post doctoral fellows, graduate students, and junior laboratory personnel in laboratory techniques and equipment. Capable of directing an undergraduate trainee in simple, well-established procedures. Maintains an active role in laboratory's meetings, presentations, and publications. Contributes material for reports, publications, journal articles, and abstracts. Able to orally present data in group presentations.
·Research and improve current methods
Utilize internal and external resources to reproduce, evaluate, research, and improve techniques, bring in new techniques or modify existing techniques. Evaluate innovative techniques
Troubleshoot and correct erroneous results or problems with laboratory equipment. Troubleshoot and/or make modifications as necessary to established procedures. Maintain inventory of laboratory supplies and equipment. Maintain cell cultures. Operate standard laboratory equipment. Willing and able to assist in daily operations of the laboratory including answering phone, maintaining lab supplies, organization, and cleanliness. Maintains optimal protocol and assay accuracy by conducting regular quality checks. Provides appropriate safety monitoring checks as assigned (radiation safety, biosafety, etc.)
May act as a mentor to more junior staff, serve as the contact for resolution of complex issues, provide education, guidance and work direction. May provide input and feedback to managers on hiring decisions, professional development and performance management.
Skills & Competencies
Ability to perform clerical functions with accuracy and attention to detail
Locating and gathering relevant information; recognizing and working to eliminate important gaps in existing information; determining the value of the information; synthesizing and organizing information to get a better understanding of a problem
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
·Follow Instructions - Adv
Ability to follow complex written and verbal instructions
·Scientific Terminology - Adv
Advanced knowledge of scientific terminology
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
·Statistics - Intermediate
Familiarity with statistical software, statistical techniques, statistical process control principles, and graphical data display
Ability to independently work through details of a problem to reach a positive solution
Ability to operate necessary laboratory instruments and equipment
·Research Methods - Basic
Working knowledge of research methods including measurement, data collection and validity issues
Effective verbal, written and/or interpersonal communication skills
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