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Research Assistant I

Dartmouth College
Hanover, New Hampshire, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
May 23, 2024

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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


Union Type

Not a Union Position

SEIU Level

Not an SEIU Position

FLSA Status


Employment Category

Regular Full Time

Scheduled Months per Year


Scheduled Hours per Week



Monday through Friday, 8 AM – 5 PM (1 hour lunch). With flexibility for occasional evenings, weekends, or holidays to meet research and laboratory demands as necessary.

Location of Position

Lebanon, NH
Dartmouth Cancer Center

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

We are seeking an enthusiastic, highly motivated Research Assistant to work on immuno-oncology at the Dartmouth Cancer Center in the Geisel School of Medicine of Dartmouth. The position involves care of a zebrafish colony and support of cancer research using zebrafish and cell culture models.


We are seeking an enthusiastic, highly motivated Research Assistant to work on immuno-oncology at the Dartmouth Cancer Center in the Geisel School of Medicine of Dartmouth. The position involves care of a zebrafish colony and support of cancer research using zebrafish and cell culture models.

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
  • Two years of relevant laboratory/ research experience.
  • Competence in several laboratory methods, procedures and techniques as well as the equipment and instruments, e.g. QPCR, cell culture, zebrafish larval maintenance.
  • 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.
  • Willingness to work with small laboratory animals
  • Knowledge of standard computer software packages for data analysis and presentation, and on-line literature search engines.
  • Detail-oriented and a strong enthusiasm to engage in cancer biology, immunology and genomic research and learn new techniques
Preferred Qualifications
  • Previous experience with zebrafish, sterile technique or cell culture will be favored
  • Experience in the application of statistical methods.
Department Contact for Recruitment Inquiries

Dr. Britton Goodale

Department Contact Phone Number

Department Contact for Cover Letter and Title

Drs. Steven Leach and Britton Goodale

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, conduct review, 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.

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.

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Key Accountabilities


  • Conducts specified laboratory experiments/tests, utilizing a range of established methods, procedures, and techniques, e.g. QPCR, microinjection, microscopy, immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence, toxicity assays with cells or zebrafish.
  • Sets up and assists with research protocols and experiments under the general guidance of the Senior Investigator; 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.
  • 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 senior laboratory personnel 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



Animal Care
  • Handles and cares for small animals on a daily basis, including feeding, washing tanks, etc.
  • Observes and maintains an awareness of the physical needs of the animals and their condition and reports changes to supervisor.
  • Observes and records the condition of the animal’s environment, including temperature, pH, and light cycle, etc.
  • Assists with maintenance of transgenic zebrafish lines including setting up breeding pairs and record keeping.
  • Oversees feeding and daily care of the zebrafish colony, including training student workers and coordinating schedules.
Percentage Of Time



  • Accomplishes day-to-day care and housekeeping of laboratory.
  • Assess the need for and orders 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.
Percentage Of Time



  • Collects and analyzes data resulting from experimentation/testing and presents findings to Principal Investigator and senior laboratory personnel.
  • 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



  • May senior laboratory members with dissections and other experimental procedures.
  • Communicates respectfully with a diverse community.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
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. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Additional Document #1
  3. Additional Document #2


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