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Laboratory Research Assistant 

Laboratory Research Assistant 

Under supervision, this position involves performance of laboratory assays including specimen processing, PCR, ELISAs, and other routine assays . In addition, the applicant will perform lab maintenance work including preparation of reagents and making inventory of specimens. The applicant will also assist other lab members in their experiments as needed. Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Graduation from high school or a General Education Diploma and two years of laboratory experience or two years of college including courses in the natural, physical or social sciences and one year of laboratory experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience and knowledge and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position. 

  • Knowledge of or experience in basic laboratory techniques.

  • Ability and willingness to handle and work with human biospecimens and other bio-hazardous materials, and to recognize safety problems.

  • Knowledge of the operation and maintenance of various lab equipment such as centrifuges, spectrophotometers, balances, pH meters, and electrophoresis equipment.

  • Superb oral and written communication skills.

  • Ability to keep accurate and well-organized lab records, lab notebook and computer data files.

  • Demonstrated organizational skills and the ability to order/maintain lab equipment and supplies.

  • Demonstrated enthusiasm for learning.


  • Graduation from college including courses in the natural or physical sciences and research experience. 

  • Knowledge of or experience with DNA and RNA isolation, RTPCR and qPCR


  • Must be available for working according to variable schedules including most afternoon/evenings and occasional weekends. 

  • Must be willing to work occasional extended shifts and/or flexible hours.

  • Must have access to reliable transportation.

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