Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Pay Scale
$53,766 - $55,018.80 / Year
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
RX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri

#129837 Staff Research Associate

Filing Deadline: Tue 5/28/2024

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Incumbent will assist Principal Investigator in research on studying the role of non-coding RNAs in stress and aging pathways.

Incumbent will perform the following duties: assist with C. elegans experiments by growing and collecting worms, and conducting microinjections to create transgenic strains; utilize standard biology procedures such as DNA/RNA/protein preparations, PCR, cloning, gel electrophoresis, etc; generate and analyze genomic sequencing data. In addition, incumbent will also participate in the publication of scientific manuscripts based on experiments performed.


  • Theoretical understanding of genetics and molecular biology; BS in biology or related field OR an equivalent combination of education and laboratory experience.

  • Experience working with molecular biology procedures such as DNA and RNA preparations and cloning, gel electrophoresis, Western Blotting, PCR, etc.

  • Experience with basic molecular biology laboratory equipment such as centrifuges, microscopes, balances, pH meter, etc.

  • Manual and visual dexterity to manipulate worms and identify developmental stages.

  • Knowledge and skill with sterile techniques.

  • Experience to perform mathematical calculations including computing molarities, pH’s, etc.

  • Demonstrated ability to record scientific data in a well-organized laboratory notebook. Demonstrated organizational skills to keep clear and accurate records.

  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated ability in using tact, diplomacy, discretion, and flexibility with diverse personalities and situations. Demonstrated ability to work as part of a research team, and interact effectively with collaborating labs and others in scientific community.

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of matters related to work.

  • Knowledge of specialized scientific terminology.

  • Knowledge of library databases such as PubMed to locate journal articles electronically and in print.

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently or collaboratively on a research project. Ability to maintain a high level of motivation to contribute to cutting edge research, and seek and learn new experimental methods as required.

  • Demonstrated skills to read and follow established lab protocols and work effectively with minimal instruction.

  • Knowledge of Material Safety Data Sheets, and hazardous communication and Injury and Illness Prevention Program. Knowledge of laboratory safety precautions, including use of protective items such as goggles, coats, etc., and the ability to train other laboratory members in safety precautions.

  • Demonstrated ability to provide work direction to undergraduate student workers. Skill to train others in various lab techniques and procedures (safety precautions, preparation of media, dishwashing, equipment usage, laboratory maintenance, etc.).

  • Experience and skill with MS Office programs, Adobe Photoshop, spreadsheet, internet and other computer software; willingness and ability to update and increase PC skills and knowledge as needed.

  • Experience working with C. elegans, including microinjection of worms.

  • Experience creating and analyzing genomic datasets; bioinformatics knowledge and ability


  • Must be willing to work safely with radioactive isotopes.

  • Manual and visual dexterity to manipulate worms and identify developmental stages.

  • Must be willing to work occasional overtime (evening or weekend) as required by particular experiments.

  • Background check required.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $53,766 - $64,143 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $25.75 - $30.72

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

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