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Research Assistant I

Dartmouth College
New Hampshire, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Feb 3, 2023

Position Details

Position Information

Posting date


Closing date

Open Until Filled


Position Number


Position Title

Research Assistant I

Department this Position Reports to

Dartmouth Cancer Center (DCC)

Hiring Range Minimum


Hiring Range Maximum


SEIU Level

Not an SEIU Position

FLSA Status


Employment Category

Regular Full Time

Scheduled Months per Year


Scheduled Hours per Week



Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm with flexibility to work the occasional weekend or late day to meet the needs of the lab.

Location of Position

Lebanon, NH

Remote Work Eligibility?

Onsite only

Is this a term position?


If yes, length of term in months.


Is this a grant funded position?


Position Purpose

Seeking a Research Assistant I to support the laboratory of Dr. Prerna Malaney (Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology and Dartmouth Cancer Center). The Malaney lab focuses on the role that RNA -binding proteins play in maintaining cellular homeostasis and how these processes go awry in diseases such as cancer.


Required Qualifications - Education and Yrs Exp

Bachelors plus 1-2 year(s) of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience

Required Qualifications - Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
  • Bachelor’s degree with a major in one of the Biological Sciences or the equivalent.
  • Two years of relevant laboratory/ research experience.
  • Competence in several laboratory methods, procedures and techniques as well as the equipment and instruments,
  • Ability to work independently and apply critical thinking and sound judgment.
  • Good organizational and time management skills.
  • Willingness to work with/be exposed to hazardous materials such as radioactive materials, infectious materials, and/or hazardous chemicals.
  • Knowledge of computers and software applications.
  • Knowledge of standard computer software packages for data analysis and presentation, and on-line literature search engines.
Preferred Qualifications

Department Contact for Recruitment Inquiries

Alicea Bursey

Department Contact for Cover Letter and Title

Dr. Prerna Malaney

Equal Opportunity Employer

Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.

Background Check

Employment in this position is contingent upon consent to and successful completion of a pre-employment background check, which may include a criminal background check, reference checks, verification of work history, and verification of any required academic credentials, licenses, and/or certifications, with results acceptable to Dartmouth College. A criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify an applicant from employment. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Is driving a vehicle (e.g. Dartmouth vehicle or off road vehicle, rental car, personal car) an essential function of this job?

Not an essential function

Special Instructions to Applicants

This position is funded by a grant. Continuation is based upon available funds.

All Dartmouth College employees, whether working on-site or remotely, are required to be up to date with vaccination against COVID -19 (or to have received an approved exemption from vaccination through the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity). Please visit for details. Compliance with this requirement is a condition of employment. Failure to meet this condition of employment within the first 30 days may result in Dartmouth in its sole discretion ending employment.

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Key Accountabilities


  • Conducts experiments by applying established methods and procedures.
  • Sets up and assists with research protocols and experiments under the general guidance of the principal investigators and other senior investigators in the laboratory; may have primary responsibility for independently setting up, performing and trouble shooting less complex experiments.
  • Observes experimental results in progress and maintains written records of activities and observations; applies past experience and precedents to identify and troubleshoot problems.
  • Anticipates unexpected findings and assists in trouble-shoots techniques.
  • Reconciles results that are disparate from anticipated findings; re-runs techniques as necessary.
  • Reports experimental results to the principal investigator and other senior laboratory personnel and assists in their analysis
  • Collaborates with the Principal Investigator in investigating and developing modifications to techniques and documents all new techniques developed in the laboratory.
  • Adheres to laboratory safety requirements including general and chemical/hazardous waste safety disposal methods
Percentage Of Time



  • Collects and analyzes data resulting from experimentation/testing.
  • Summarizes results and prepares progress reports for oral presentation at laboratory meetings.
  • Prepares appropriate and understandable representations of data such as graphs, charts, tables, statistical summaries, etc.
  • Contributes to the preparation of scientific manuscripts by drafting portions of the text, preparing graphs, tables, and charts, etc.
  • Conducts literature searches to assist in establishing new laboratory techniques.
Percentage Of Time



  • Accomplishes day-to-day care and housekeeping of laboratory.
  • Assess the need for and orders all supplies and reagents needed for experiments.
  • Assists in the maintenance of laboratory equipment and safety records, and in the preparation of routine reagents.
  • Monitors laboratory equipment and instrument performance; obtains maintenance and repair as necessary.
  • Maintains computerized records associated with laboratory activities.
  • Instructs others in laboratory methods, procedures, and techniques and provides technical guidance and direction as required.
  • May assist in the maintenance of transgenic mouse colonies including weighing of animals, setting up pairs of animals for mating, and entering data into computerized data bases;
  • May assist in surgical procedures.
Percentage Of Time




Demonstrates a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness through actions, interactions, and communications with others.


Performs other duties as assigned.
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Documents Needed to Apply
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Additional Document #1
  3. Additional Document #2

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