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Research Assistant I, II, III, IV

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The schedule for this position is: Monday - Friday (40 hours per week example) 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM with one hour non-paid lunch. Note: Flexible schedule including nights or weekends may be required to meet demands of the research laboratory or experiments underway. 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.

Position Details

Position Information

Position Title Research Assistant I, II, III, IV
Department Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC)
Position Number 1125806
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We are seeking a talented Research Assistant with enthusiasm for research to join our thriving research program (http://geiselmed.dartmouth.edu/miller/) at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth. Our work focuses on breast cancer, mechanisms of drug resistance, and the development of innovative therapeutic strategies. Competence with molecular biology techniques, tissue culture, and/or mouse models is preferred. Applicants should be willing to learn new techniques and skills, and willing to think critically. Applicants must have excellent communication skills and a commitment to maintaining a positive and productive work environment. Dartmouth offers a competitive compensation package and outstanding work environment.

Position Purpose

RESEARCH ASSISTANT l:
To set up and conduct a variety of laboratory tests and experiments in support of research studies focusing on breast cancer, mechanisms of drug resistance, and the development of innovative therapeutic strategies, applying established methods, procedures, and techniques.

RESEARCH ASSISTANT II:
To independently conduct experiments as defined in the research plan and to serve on a research team involved in the investigation of breast cancer, mechanisms of drug resistance, and the development of innovative therapeutic strategies.

RESEARCH ASSISTANT lll:
To participate in the development of the research approach, to design and execute experiments, and to serve on a research team involved in the investigation of focusing on breast cancer, mechanisms of drug resistance, and the development of innovative therapeutic strategies.

RESEARCH ASSISTANT IV:
To oversee a major research effort or administer a project with numerous remote sites and to independently conduct research projects addressing major specific aims of the laboratory or the research investigation. In laboratory situations, to serve as the general laboratory manager.

Skills & Knowledge

RESEARCH ASSISTANT l:

  • Competence in several laboratory methods, procedures and techniques as well as the equipment and instruments, e.g. basic molecular biology, cloning, PCR, biochemistry, western blotting, cell culture, immunofluorescence, microscopy, mouse handling and maintenance of mouse colonies. Experience in flow cytometry and performing mouse surgery is desired but not required. Must be willing to learn new techniques and skills.
  • Must have excellent communication skills, and a commitment to maintaining a positive and productive work environment.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of computers and software applications.
  • Knowledge of standard computer software packages for data analysis and presentation, and on-line literature search engines.

RESEARCH ASSISTANT ll:

  • Highly competent in several laboratory methods, procedures and techniques as well as the equipment and instruments, e.g. basic molecular biology, cloning, PCR, biochemistry, western blotting, cell culture, immunofluorescence, microscopy, mouse handling and maintenance of mouse colonies. Experience in flow cytometry and performing mouse surgery is desired but not required. Must be willing to learn new techniques and skills.
  • Must have excellent communication skills, and a commitment to maintaining a positive and productive work environment.
  • Ability to work independently and apply critical thinking and sound judgment.
  • Ability to manage laboratory inventory and records.
  • Good organizational and time management skills.
  • 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 computers and software applications.
  • Knowledge of standard computer software packages for data analysis and presentation, and on-line literature search engines, skilled hands, and good judgment.

RESEARCH ASSISTANT lll:

  • Highly competent in several laboratory methods, procedures and techniques as well as the equipment and instruments, e.g. basic molecular biology, cloning, PCR, biochemistry, western blotting, cell culture, immunofluorescence, microscopy, mouse handling and maintenance of mouse colonies. Experience in flow cytometry and performing mouse surgery is desired but not required. Must be willing to learn new techniques and skills.
  • Must have excellent communication skills, and a commitment to maintaining a positive and productive work environment.
  • Ability to work independently and apply critical thinking and sound judgment.
  • Ability to manage laboratory inventory and records.
  • Good organizational and time management skills.
  • Editorial skills for preparation of reports and grant applications are highly desirable.
  • Ability to work with and willingness to be exposed to hazardous materials such as radioactive materials, infectious materials, and/or hazardous chemicals.
  • Knowledge of computers and software applications.
  • Knowledge of standard computer software packages for data analysis and presentation, and on-line literature search engines.

RESEARCH ASSISTANT IV:

  • Extensive knowledge of molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of research methods, procedures, and techniques.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Excellent oral communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Thorough knowledge of computer software used for experimental data analysis, literature searches, and manuscript preparation and specialized computer applications related to the field of investigation.
  • Ability to independently design, plan, implement, troubleshoot, and administer all phases of the research work and to ensure that it addresses the major specific aims of the project/laboratory.
Minimum Experience

RESEARCH ASSISTANT l:

  • One year of relevant laboratory research experience. Principal Investigator for research team will evaluate and determine appropriate level.

RESEARCH ASSISTANT ll:

  • Three years of relevant laboratory/ research experience. Principal Investigator for research team will evaluate and determine appropriate level.

RESEARCH ASSISTANT lll:

  • Five years of relevant laboratory/ research experience. Principal Investigator for research team will evaluate and determine appropriate level.

RESEARCH ASSISTANT IV:

  • Six years of relevant research experience or the equivalent. Principal Investigator for research team will evaluate and determine appropriate level.
Minimum Education

RESEARCH ASSISTANT l:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a major in one of the Biological Sciences or the equivalent.

RESEARCH ASSISTANT ll:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a major in one of the Biological Sciences or the equivalent.

RESEARCH ASSISTANT lll:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a major in one of the Biological Sciences or the equivalent.

RESEARCH ASSISTANT IV:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a major in one of the Biological Sciences or the equivalent.
SEIU Level Not an SEIU Position
FLSA To Be Determined
Employment Category Regular Full Time
Department Contact for Cover Letter Dr. Todd Miller, Assistant Professor, Molecular & Systems Biology
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.

Special Instructions to Applicants

The schedule for this position is:
Monday – Friday
(40 hours per week example) 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM with one hour non-paid lunch.

Note: Flexible schedule including nights or weekends may be required to meet demands of the research laboratory or experiments underway.

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.

Key Accountabilities

Key Accountabilities

RESEARCH ASSISTANT l:
Note: This is a grant-funded position.

Experiments

  • Conducts experiments by applying established methods and procedures.
  • Sets up and assists with research protocols and experiments under the general guidance of the principal investigators and other senior investigators in the laboratory; 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.
  • Anticipates unexpected findings and assists in troubleshoots techniques.
  • 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 the Principal Investigator 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.

Records

  • Collects and analyzes data resulting from experimentation/testing.
  • 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.

Laboratory

  • Accomplishes day-to-day care and housekeeping of laboratory.
  • Assesses the need for and orders all 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.

Miscellaneous

  • May assist in the maintenance of transgenic mouse colonies including weighing of animals, setting up pairs of animals for mating, and entering data into computerized data bases.
  • May assist in surgical procedures.
  • Communicates respectfully with a diverse community.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

RESEARCH ASSISTANT ll:
Note: This is a grant-funded position.

Research/Experiments

  • Independently sets up and monitors experiments in progress.
  • 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.

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.
  • Participates in the preparation of reports and presentation of the research findings.

Laboratory

  • 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 other in laboratory methods, procedures, and techniques and provides technical guidance and direction as required.

Miscellaneous

  • May assist in the maintenance of transgenic mouse colonies including weighing of animals, setting up pairs of animals for mating, and entering data into computerized data bases.
  • May assist in surgical procedures.
  • Communicates respectfully with a diverse community.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

RESEARCH ASSISTANT lll:
Note: This is a grant-funded position.

Research/Experiments

  • Collaborates with the principal investigator in the definition of the research problem and the development of the research hypothesis and approach.
  • Independently designs, sets up and monitors experiments.
  • Identifies, troubleshoots and corrects or recommends solutions to problems associated with experimental design; methods, procedures and techniques; or equipment and facilities.
  • Develops and implements new or modified research methods, procedures, and techniques to meet research requirements.
  • Ensures adherence to laboratory safety requirements including general and chemical/hazardous waste safety disposal methods

Data Collection/Preparation

  • Collects, analyzes, and interprets data resulting from experimentation to present findings with tentative conclusions to the principal investigator.
  • Prepares and makes oral presentations of research findings and their significance in various settings, such as departmental/laboratory staff meetings, conferences, and meetings of professional societies.
  • Prepares drafts of reports, summaries, and manuscripts to communicate results and implications of the research.
  • Recommends directions in which research should progress.

Laboratory Management

  • Oversees the day-to-day management of the principal investigator’s laboratory to ensure proper use, maintenance, and availability of equipment and supplies.
  • Instructs others in laboratory methods, procedures, and techniques and provides technical guidance and direction as required.
  • Advises on the need for and type of equipment purchases; locates manufacturers and suppliers.
  • Communicates respectfully with a diverse community.

Staff Development

  • Hires, supervises, trains, and evaluates staff and student assistants to meet changing department needs.
  • Performs other duties as assigned

RESEARCH ASSISTANT IV:
Note: This is a grant funded position.

Research

  • Develops research hypotheses and plans appropriate experiments.
  • Designs and performs all experiments related to the project using sophisticated research techniques.
  • Keeps abreast of technological developments in the field and determines when to incorporate them into experimental plans.
  • Troubleshoots experimental protocols and techniques as needed.
  • Researches literature and consults with other investigators within and outside of the institution to identify and resolve complex issues or problems.
  • Collects, analyzes, and interprets data resulting from experimentation to present findings and conclusions to the principal investigator.
  • Assesses feasibility of proposed research investigations and may prepare analyses of project costs (salaries, equipment, travel, patient reimbursement, medical or laboratory fees, participating satellite expenses, administration and overhead, etc.).
  • In collaboration with the PI, prepares relevant portions of grant applications, ensuring compliance of submission with sponsor requirements.

Administration

  • Establishes and coordinates research procedures in adherence to protocol requirements.
  • Develops and negotiates budgets for procured services such as laboratory services.
  • Assures that all Federal guidelines and requirements are met.
  • Keeps PI informed of status of research activities, problem areas, etc. and to consult on specific problems.
  • May review Requests for Proposals (RFP) from Federal and state agencies and private foundations to assess the potential for applicability to the research investigations and to recommend initiation of a grant application.
  • Effectively communicates and personally supports the College‚Äôs values to foster inclusiveness and diversity.

Communication/Presentation

  • Prepares and makes oral presentations of research findings and their significance in various settings, such as departmental/laboratory staff meetings, conferences, and meetings of professional societies.
  • Co-authors and assists in the writing of manuscripts and other research reports for publication and presentation at national and international meetings.

Laboratory Management

  • Oversees general laboratory operations to ensure proper use, maintenance, and availability of equipment and supplies.
  • Monitors equipment and instrument performance and instructs others in proper laboratory methods, procedures, and techniques.
  • Ensures compliance with rules and regulations related to handling hazardous wastes, radioactivity, and ensures compliance with proper safety procedures.

Staff Development

  • Hires, supervises, trains, and evaluates staff and student assistants to meet changing department needs.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

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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  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
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