Type of Position: Specified Term (a specific term of appointment that is not to exceed the period designated and is assured of funding only through the date indicated. That period may be up to three years and may be extended only by provision of a specified term reappointment letter.Reappointment to specified term status may not exceed six years.
Driver's License required: No
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Position Summary:Performing clinical testing with the CDS renal team and performing research and development.The Research Assistant will work with frozen serum and plasma samples received into the Molecular Otolaryngology and Renal Research Laboratories - Clinical Diagnostics Services (MORL CDS) for Functional and Biomarker testing.The RA will perform sample accessioning, aliqouting, perform assays, report results, and maintain inventory and quality management for the CDS.
Perform research activities based upon protocols developed by other research staff or principal investigator of the research project.
Read and review articles as directed.
As individual skills develop, analyze literature to develop hypothesis for discussion with other researchers or principal investigator.
Read and understand protocols.
Conduct sample recording, pre-analytical sample handling and sample inventory and storages
Conduct biochemical assay such as ELISAs, immunoelectrophoresis, complement activity assay and other functional assays
Calibrate and operate laboratory equipment including thermocyclers, centrifuges, and spectrophotometers.
Arrange and plan daily activities to prepare for experimental protocols.
As individual skills develop perform complex techniques as outlined in research protocols and test and evaluate current procedures.
Set up and operate equipment for experiments.
Perform experimental procedures assuring fidelity to protocols; record and consolidate data as directed by Technical Supervisor (TS) and/or Principal Investigator (PI).
Track progress/success of research project. Review QA (quality assessment) with TS periodically.
As skills develop may present results at lab and/or group meetings.
As skills develop, develop and monitor quality controls.
Analyze and Summarize Data; Prepare Reports; Contribute to Manuscripts, Publications:
Collect, track, and perform data entry for reports.
Prepare materials for reports.
Managing large data sets and maintaining highly organized and detailed research records.
As skills develop, analyze data.
Prepare bibliographies and abstracts for publications.
Administrative and Project Management:
Perform a variety of routine tasks related to the recruitment, enrollment and monitoring of research subjects or to the research environment (lab, clinic, field, classroom).
Obtain subject consent and assist with IRB submissions or equivalent protocol, if applicable.
Adhere to safety and compliance guidelines.
Facilities and Equipment Management:
Assist in the preparation, calibration, and maintenance of laboratory and facility equipment.
Assist with procurement of supplies and materials.
May initiate purchasing requests, monitor accounts/expenditures; reconcile statements.
May train, provide direction, assignments, feedback, coaching and counseling of employees to assure outcomes are achieved.
A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required.
Experience with ELISA, protein isolation and electrophoresis is required.
Experience with serum or plasma handling is required.
Experience with hemolytic assays is required.
Experience analyzing sequence data and performing PCR is required.
Knowledge of complement biology is required.
Demonstrated strong organizational and computer skills are required.
Flexibility and ability to multitask is required.
Excellent time management is required.
Experience with computer software applications including Microsoft Access or File Maker Pro databases is highly desirable.
The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.
Internal Number: 19002283_1555506890
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