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Research Assistant

Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Jan 26, 2024
Research Assistant

Wayne State University is searching for an experienced Research Assistant at its Detroit campus location.

Wayne State is a premier, public, urban research university located in the heart of Detroit, Michigan where students from all backgrounds are offered a rich, high-quality education. Our deep-rooted commitment to excellence, collaboration, integrity, diversity and inclusion creates exceptional educational opportunities which prepare students for success in a global society.

Essential functions (job duties):

Under the direction of the Principal Investigator, provide scientific and technical assistance to
complete laboratory based, clinical or population science research. May assist in writing research protocols and in manuscript preparation. Design and perform research protocols independently or
as directed through training in more difficult or specialized procedures to meet the needs of the
research protocol.

Perform laboratory based scientific techniques or clinical/population science (human subjects) research. Design and perform experiments, recruit participants for studies by developing surveys and interviewing candidates. Participate in implementing research objectives, ensuring compliance with all legal, regulatory and protocol guidelines. Assist staff with experiments/research protocols as required. Communicate with principal investigator and Postdoctoral scholars/fellows on the status of research.

Collect and log laboratory results, clinical outcomes and/or survey data. Evaluate and perform data analysis using graphs, charts or tables to highlight the key points of the research results collected in accordance with the research protocols as stipulated. Proofread and edit research data and documents to ensure accuracy.

Assist principal investigator with writing methods and summarizing/organizing data to be used in preparing and presenting presentations for professional, scientific and academic conferences and submittal to academic and scholarly peer-reviewed journals.

Maintain the laboratory work areas including routine maintenance on laboratory equipment as required. Order and organize required research supplies and records. Maintain cleanliness and organization of work station.

Perform other related duties as assigned.

Unique duties:

Independently perform mouse studies in the areas of pregnancy, immunology research


Education Bachelor's degree
Bachelor’s degree in a related field of study, preferred. Requires advanced knowledge
predominantly intellectual in character in a field of science or learning acquired by a prolonged
course of specialized intellectual instruction.

Experience Entry level (less that a year of job-related experience)
Experience performing basic research techniques or interacting with human subjects, preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Ability to work independently. Ability to analyze, summarize and interpret research findings and
data in reports and spreadsheets and communicate results. Knowledge of scientific integrity
principles. Excellent time management and organization skills. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and demonstrated ability to work with others in a collaborative environment. Microsoft office software skills.

Preferred qualifications:

Experience and previous training Two years of related work experience and a bachelor’s degree; or 1-year related work experience and a Master of Science degree; or an equivalent combination of experience and education. Required skills and abilities 1. Independent performance of mouse studies including mouse breeding, checking mouse plugs, mouse tail/ear genotyping, mouse dissection (placenta, decidua, fetus), mouse injection (intraperitoneal, tail vein), intranasal administration of reagents. 2. Proficiency in working with transgenic mouse lines, particularly the Cre-lox system. 3. Experience in basic molecular biology (DNA electrophoresis, DNA/RNA/protein extraction, qRT-PCR, western blot analysis, IHC) and cellular biology techniques (cell passaging, cell freezing, cell counting) 4. Experience in basic immunology related techniques is a plus. 5. Maintenance of complete, accurate, and organized records of experiments. 6. Ability to analyze results and initiate troubleshooting of experiments to solve problems. 7. Solves complex methodology, protocol, procedural and research problems through design of techniques, procedures, and policies that will achieve research goals 8. Computer skills and knowledge of MS Excel, MS Word, MS Powerpoint, Prism. 9. Good communication skill and team work.


H06 - School of Medicine

Primary department:

H0610 - Obstetrics/Gynecology (H0610)

Employment type:
  • Regular Employee
  • Job type: Full Time
  • Job category: Research
Funding/salary information:
  • Compensation type: Annual Salary
  • Hourly rate:
  • Salary minimum:
  • Salary hire maximum:
Working conditions:

Typical work environment may include a laboratory and/ or office environment. May require working non-standard business hours including evenings and weekends. May be required to travel to scientific conferences.

Job openings:
  • Number of openings: 1
  • Reposted position: No
  • Reposted reason: None (New Requisition)
  • Prior posting/requisition number:
Background check requirements:

University policy requires certain persons who are offered employment to undergo a background check, including a criminal history check, before starting work. If you are offered employment, the university will inform you if a background check is required.

Equal employment opportunity statement:

Wayne State University provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. The university encourages applications from women, people of color and other underrepresented people. Wayne State is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

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