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Research Assistant IV

Dartmouth College
New Hampshire, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
May 31, 2023

Position Details

Position Information

Posting date


Closing date

Open Until Filled


Position Number


Position Title

Research Assistant IV

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 for occasional evenings or weekends as driven by the research.

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

As part of a newly developed shared resource, this position will independently or with limited guidance, set up and conduct a variety of experiments and laboratory tests in support of cancer research. The position will perform tests and procedures to facilitate cancer related research in multiple laboratories calling upon various scientific techniques and skills. Research will be conducted in alignment with research plans and will cover a wide breadth of topics from mechanisms to therapeutics, techniques to digital health, and more. This position is laboratory based and will routinely work with equipment, conduct tests, and maintain lab space.


Do you have strong laboratory skills that you are looking to expand upon? Do you envision yourself as part of a startup facility that you be a part of growing and can grow with? Then consider a role with our new shared resource specializing in cancer research.

We are looking for candidates across multiple roles and laboratory skill levels. Ideal candidates will have a combination of education and experience that makes them adept and comfortable in the laboratory as well as a willingness to learn and flexibility. Multiple candidates will be hired, and individual candidates need not be proficient in all techniques. This position is expected to hire two (2) candidates.

Required Qualifications - Education and Yrs Exp

Bachelors plus 3-5 years' experience or equivalent combination of education and experience

Required Qualifications - Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

Education & Experience:
  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 to 5 years of experience.
  • Proven experience in data collection and management.

Skills & Knowledge:
  • Knowledge of computers and software applications, ability to learn new applications as needed.
  • Ability to work independently and apply critical thinking.
  • Strong organization and time management skills.
  • Highly competent in general laboratory methods, procedures, and techniques.
  • Ability to manage laboratory inventory and records.
  • Editorial skills for preparation of reports.
  • Willingness to work with/be exposed to hazardous materials such as radioactive materials, infectious materials, and/or hazardous chemicals.
  • Knowledge of standard computer software packages for data analysis and presentation, and online literature search engines.
Preferred Qualifications

Education & Experience:
  • Master’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience in one of the major biological sciences.

Skills & Knowledge:
  • Experience with animal colonies and husbandry.
  • Excellent oral communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to independently design, plan, implement, troubleshoot, and administer research work and to ensure that it address the major specific aims of research projects.
  • Experience with current Good Manufacturing Process or Good Clinical Laboratory Practice guidelines.
Department Contact for Recruitment Inquiries

Ron Hirte cc: Alicea Bursey

Department Contact Phone Number

Department Contact for Cover Letter and Title

Ron Hirte

Department Contact's Phone Number

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?

Preferred, but not required

Special Instructions to Applicants

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

Dartmouth College has a Tobacco-Free Policy. Smoking and the use of tobacco-based products (including smokeless tobacco) are prohibited in all facilities, grounds, vehicles or other areas owned, operated or occupied by Dartmouth College with no exceptions. For details, please see our policy.

Additional Instructions

Applicants should include a list of skills/techniques (e.g., flow cytometry, Western Blot, PCR, tissue culture/harvest, colony work, etc.) and rank their proficiency and comfort in those areas. Ranking of proficiency can be identified with the following: beginner (some experience), intermediate, advanced.

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Key Accountabilities


  • Designs, executes, and monitors experiments utilizing a range of established techniques and procedures.
  • Supports shared resource team members in the design and execution of their experiments.
  • Identifies, troubleshoots, and corrects or recommends solutions to problems associated with experimental design; methods, procedures, and techniques; or equipment and facilities.
  • As necessary, develops and/or implements new or modified research methods, procedures, and techniques to meet the unique requirements of assigned research problems.
  • Adheres to laboratory safety requirements including general and chemical/hazardous waste safety disposal methods.
  • Demonstrates time and project management skills that enable timely completion of competing multiple priorities.
  • Assists in the maintenance of animal colonies including weighing, establishing mating pairs, and data entry.
  • Assists in surgical procedures.
  • Assists in the maintenance of animal colonies including weighing, establishing mating pairs, and data entry.
  • Advanced skill level and proven experience with cell culture, flow cytometry, immune monitoring, assays, Western blot, qPCR, histology, pathology, etc.
  • Rodent handling including colony maintenance, injections, gavage, tumor cell inductions.
  • Willingness and ability to cross train in Shared Resources including light microscopy, molecular biology, genomics, immune monitoring, etc.
  • Ability to develop experiment-specific assays.
Percentage Of Time



Data Collection/Preparation:
  • Collects, analyzes, and interprets data resulting from experimentation.
  • Performs literature searches to develop information of relevance to the research.
  • Prepares appropriate and understandable representations of data such as sequences, graphs, charts, etc. (e.g. Excel, Graphpad, REDCap, etc.)
  • Participates in the preparation of reports and presentation of the research findings.
Percentage Of Time



  • Schedules and monitors utilization of laboratory facilities, equipment, and supplies.
  • Monitors equipment and instrument performance; obtains necessary maintenance and repair.
  • Orders and maintains stock of laboratory supplies.
  • May provide technical direction to laboratory technicians and student workers.
  • Monitors work in progress to ensure accomplishment is timely and in accordance with reasonable methods and standards.
  • Instructs others in laboratory methods, procedures, and techniques and provides technical guidance and direction as required.
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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