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Research Associate

Kansas City University
Missouri, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Apr 29, 2024

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration
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Employment Type
Full Time

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Research Associate

Kansas City Campus

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Job Description:

Kansas City University's Research Lab is seeking a Research Associate to assist in the planning of research projects, collecting and analyzing data, collaborating in the design of protocols and performing a variety of laboratory procedures. The successful candidate will contribute to the advancement of Kansas City University by ensuring high-quality outcomes in research endeavors.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Provide support and coordinate lab activities for graduate and medical students' research projects
  • Prepare routine laboratory reagents and maintain lab equipment and supplies
  • Maintain accurate and complete records of lab supplies, inventory and equipment
  • Perform tissue culture using aseptic techniques and conduct in vivo animal studie.
  • Perform immunological experiments, biochemical procedures, enzyme assays, flow cytometric analysis, and imaging using advanced microscopy techniques
  • Investigate gene expression procedures including real-time PCR
  • Assist in communicating experimental work with the team
  • Collect, analyze, and summarize data using paper and digital methods
  • Track data, perform data entry for reports, and maintain records of methods used and results obtained
  • Support faculty research projects, perform literature searches, prepare bibliographies, contribute to the preparation of manuscripts, abstracts, and posters/oral presentations, and present research findings at various venues and events (internal and external)
  • Manage the research laboratory and office, including coordinating research students and managing research equipment
  • Perform all work in accordance with university regulations and policies
  • Perform administrative duties including preparing and assisting with IRB, IBC, and IACUC documentation or similar protocol submissions
  • Work with environmental health and safety officer to maintain compliance and a safe lab environment

Supportive Functions:
  • Other administrative tasks (i.e., filing, preparing documentation)
  • Participate in developing department goals, objectives, and systems
  • Actively participate in team and University meetings

  • Master's degree in a discipline related to Biomedical Sciences or Bachelor's degree plus 1-2 years equivalent experience
  • 3+ years' experience working in biomedical research laboratory is preferred
  • Ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students, prioritizing team's goals
  • Detail-oriented, ensuring that all tasks are completed with care and precision
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to work effectively with both our research team and external personnel
  • Ability to analyze a situation and exercise good judgment and discretion as appropriate
  • Experience of working with laboratory animals is preferred
  • Strong working knowledge of research and experimental protocols
  • Proficiency in basic computer applications, ability to leverage technology to enhance productivity and efficiency

Physical Requirements:
  • Physical dexterity sufficient to use hands, arms, and shoulders repetitively to operate a keyboard and other office equipment, use a telephone, access file cabinets and other items stored at various levels, including overhead space.
  • Ability to speak and hear well enough to communicate clearly and understandably with sufficient volume to ensure an accurate exchange of information in normal conversational distance, over the telephone, and in a group setting.
  • Ability to continuously operate a personal computer for extended periods of time (4 or more hours)

Equal Opportunity Employer

KCU is committed to promoting an equal employment opportunity workplace. Equal opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, genetic information (GINA), physical or mental disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, familial status, ancestry, military and/or veteran status, and/or any other status protected by applicable Federal, state or local law.

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Who is KCU?
Kansas City University (KCU), founded in 1916, is a fully accredited, private not-for-profit health sciences university with Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, Biosciences and a developing College of Dental Medicine. The College of Osteopathic Medicine is the sixth largest medical school in the nation, the ninth most impactful medical school in primary care for the nation, the tenth most affordable of private medical colleges, and the leading producer of physicians for the State of Missouri. The College of Osteopathic Medicine has two sites strategically located on the University’s campuses in Kansas City and Joplin, Missouri, to address the growing needs of both urban and rural populations. The University offers multiple graduate degrees: a doctor of osteopathic medicine; a doctor of psychology in clinical psychology; a master of arts in bioethics; a master of science in the biomedical sciences; a master of business administration in partnership with Rockhurst University; a new master of public health in partnership with the University of Nebraska Medical Center; and plans to seat the first doctor of dental medicine students in 2023.



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Kansas City has been home to KCU for more than 100 years. Now, KCU is proud to call Joplin, Missouri a second home. We’re constantly creating new programs such as the Clinical Psychology Doctoral program, an MS in biomedical science, specialized dual degrees and a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. 

KCU has a long, rich history of osteopathic medicine. Founded in 1916 by George J. Conley, DO, KCU is the oldest medical school in Kansas City and the largest medical school in Missouri. 

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It’s so much more than just a paycheck. It is more than our award-winning benefits, competitive compensation package and outstanding well-being program. The strength of our university is rooted in our talented group of people and our shared sense of purpose. We are a university founded on science and compassion that never stops working to ensure a future with both.

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  • Medical, Dental and Vision
  • FSA & HSA with Annual KCU Contribution
  • Voluntary Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Disability Insurance
  • Telehealth Services
  • Pharmacy Advocacy Program

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