Research Assistant/Senior Research Assistant

Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Apr 20, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Research Assistant/Senior Research Assistant

Job no: 525959
Work type: Faculty - Career
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Biology/Life Sciences, Research/Scientific/Grants

Department: Institute of Molecular Biology
Rank: Research Assistant
Annual Basis: 12 Month

Review of Applications Begins
Immediately; to ensure consideration, please apply by March 1, 2021. Position open until filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants
In addition to an online application, including contact information for three professional references, please provide a letter of application and a current CV.

Department Summary
The Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB) is a research institute that reports to the Vice President for Research and Innovation. We have 18 labs and approximately 150 employees, including 45 graduate students who train in our labs. We have an administrative structure, which includes accounting, purchasing, personnel, PI support, building management, and three service centers. Our annual budget is about $9.5 million, primarily from federal research and training grants.

Position Summary
The Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB) seeks to hire a Research Assistant (RA) to help accomplish research goals aimed at defining the mechanisms of cell signaling. Using supported membrane technology and a variety of fluorescence spectroscopy techniques, our lab is investigating how the localization and activity of lipid-modifying enzymes are regulated on membrane surfaces. For more information about our research interests, please visit

The RA will independently plan and conduct experiments to achieve research goals outlined in a funded research project. This includes designing plasmids, performing PCR, isolating DNA, and using other standard molecular biology techniques to clone genes. The RA will use bacteria and insect cells to recombinantly express proteins. The RA will independently design and implement procedures to isolate proteins from cells. Liquid handling devices (e.g. FPLC and peristaltic pump) will be used to purify proteins to homogeneity. Biochemistry and molecular biology reagents will be used by the RA to conduct kinetic, spectroscopy, single-molecule, and live-cell imaging experiments. The RA will be responsible for interpreting and presenting their data to the research group. In addition to conducting independent research, the RA will be responsible for general lab maintenance and organization.

Researchers that are curious about how biological systems work are ideal for this position. Applicants should be punctual, organized, diligent, and capable of working independently. The ability to work well with others, receive constructive criticism, and communicate is paramount. Salary will be dependent upon qualifications and amount of independent lab research experience (in a non-classroom setting).

Minimum Requirements
  • Bachelor's degree in Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, or related field.

    This position is also open to senior research assistants (requires six years of post-degree experience).

    Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience working in a lab that performs protein expression and purification, microbiology, molecular biology, and/or cell biology.
  • Experience using the following computer programs: Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Illustrator, Photoshop, ImageJ, MATLAB, or Python.

    The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

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