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Research Assistant - Biological Sciences

Research Assistant - Biological Sciences

Wayne State University is searching for an experienced Research Assistant - Biological Sciences 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):

Perform under general supervision, set up and maintain lab equipment.

Demonstrate the ability to learn new techniques and protocols, as needed.

Order and maintain inventories of lab supplies.

Communicate and maintain records of experimental data.

Lead their own project under general supervision.

Assist team members with ongoing lab projects including PCR, DNA and protein purification, various biochemical assays, western blots, cell culture, and microscopy, as needed.

Assist the Principal Investigator with the development, testing, and revision of methods, practices, and protocols for general use in the lab.

Train new lab personnel in commonly used lab techniques.

Other duties as assigned.


Bachelor of Science degree.

Experience in research lab setting.

Experience in biochemistry or cell biology.

Strong communication skills (verbal and written).

Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to prioritize and simultaneously manage multiple projects.

Ability to keep detailed records is essential.

Self-motivated and proactive when working in the lab.

Demonstrates the ability to work independently and well with others, depending on the project.

Preferred qualifications:

Experience in general cell biology and microscopy. Experience in culturing yeast and bacteria. Experience in molecular biology cloning techniques. A Master of Science degree.


H12 - College of Liberal Arts & Science

Primary department:

H1204 - Biological Sciences

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

Wayne State University requires all students, faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at:

Job openings:
  • Number of openings: 1
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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