Research Assistant Job Description

Research Assistant Job Description

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Research assistant provides support to Clinical Trials Director, Research Director and peer research coordinators on clinical trials and other clinical research-related tasks.

Research Assistant Duties & Responsibilities

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Track production on assigned projects in spreadsheets and/or databases and report progress to supervisor and others at regular interval
The position will support vaccine development, with a focus on characterization of the immunological response to vaccination with multiple vaccine platforms and adjuvants
Antibody assays (ELISA, neutralization assays, antibody pulldown, ), cellular immunology assays (ELISPOT, intracellular cytokine staining, proliferation assays, cell sorting, ), and biomarker analysis (transcriptomics, cytokine/chemokine, clinical analytes, ) will be the primary focus
The candidate will have experience in assay optimization, with the ability to adapt a template protocol to assay specific requirements
The candidate will be comfortable with quality control, to the extent of providing documentation of duplicate studies for confirmation of accuracy and reproducibility
The candidate will be well organized, capable of multi-tasking and with excellent documentation skills
The position will answer to study specific PIs, and should be capable of working both as a team and independently, depending upon the requirements of the task
Ability to utilize existing resources and learning to achieve or exceed desired outcomes of current and future organizational goals/needs
Ability to meet or exceed customer service needs and expectations and provide excellent service in a direct or indirect manner
Objectively and adequately review and analyze files to gain understanding of insurance coverage and insurance transactions, and identify factors to assist in research

Research Assistant Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Licensing or Certifications for Research Assistant

List any licenses or certifications required by the position: CITI, HIPAA, BLS, CSPO, HTL, HT, IRB, SRS

Education for Research Assistant

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

Employers hiring for the research assistant job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as Bachelor's and Master's Degree in English, Chinese, Communication, Molecular Biology, Science, Computer, Biological Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Management, Statistics

Skills for Research Assistant

Desired skills for research assistant include:

Medical terminology
Clinical research protocols
Computer programs
Databases
Medical terminology is helpful
Excel
GLPs and other federal regulations and guidelines
Computers and software applications
PowerPoint
Clinical trials

Desired experience for research assistant includes:

Requires normal or corrected vision and hearing to normal range
May have some exposure to communicable diseases or body fluids
Documented experience in molecular biology of microorganisms
Conventional and real-time PCR and RT-PCR analysis
Master’s degree in the biological sciences AND three years of experience in biomedical research
Assay development and optimization experience

Research Assistant Examples

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Research Assistant Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is looking for a research assistant. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for research assistant
  • Performs basic statistical data analysis
  • Presents at research laboratory meetings and contributes to writing of manuscripts
  • Works under supervision and may perform some assignments independently as discussed and approved by Principal Investigator
  • Organizes and maintains laboratory
  • Maintains mouse colony including record keeping, husbandry, and genotyping
  • Performs and supports laboratory research including solution preparation, stereotaxic surgeries, immunohistochemistry, and mouse behavior
  • Assists the research team in developing a culturally competent evaluation protocol
  • Meets with community leaders to identify opportunities and barriers for implementing protocol
  • Develops a social network page for the project and maintains content to keep the page active
  • Attends community events to recruit members to the social network
Qualifications for research assistant
  • Familiarity with HIPAA, PHI/PII compliance, is highly desired
  • Skills should include a foundational and theoretical understanding of general scientific principles
  • Experience working with RNA plant viruses
  • Cloning experience
  • 3-5 years experience in Medical Device Clinical Affairs or Product Development, in a fast paced environment
  • Master’s Degree in the Sciences / Public Health / Management required
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Research Assistant Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is looking to fill the role of research assistant. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for research assistant
  • Conduct interviews with subject matter experts
  • Perform web-based literature reviews
  • Design and create electronic surveys
  • Perform qualitative and quantitative data analysis
  • Create summary reports of data collection activities
  • Attend and provide support at subject-matter expert meetings (some travel required)
  • Manage project schedule
  • To undertake a research project, in discussion with the grant-holders and other collaborators, including participation in regular planning meetings
  • To recruit participants to the study from a database of eligible patients and meet targets for recruitment and study completion
  • To perform MEG and MRI scanning, whilst ensuring good quality MRI data is collected using test objects (phantoms) on a regular basis
Qualifications for research assistant
  • Highly organized with the ability to multitask and work under time pressure
  • Highly motivated and quantitative-oriented college graduate with excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Able to demonstrate excellent attention to detail, good multi-tasking and problem solving skills, and demonstrated ability to comply with strict deadlines
  • Passing CFA exams
  • Experience at a financial services company with knowledge of fixed income or equity instruments
  • The investigation of a new redesigned chlorination sensor that utilizes colorimetry
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Research Assistant Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is looking to fill the role of research assistant. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for research assistant
  • Order and organize lab supplies and equipment, keep records and maintain databases
  • Provide clean, sterile glassware and supplies to labs
  • Ensure that labs have designated supplies including sterile water
  • Train part time/temporary employees on glassware work to be performed
  • Responsible for calling in service when needed and communications to team and labs when equipment is in need of repair
  • Update lab documentation to ensure glassware labeling is accurate and that services performed are documented for specific labs
  • Actively ensure a safe working environment for yourself and teammates
  • Transport bagged Bio-Hazard waste via cart and/or truck
  • Decontaminate bagged Bio-Hazard waste
  • Provide coverage for teammates when needed and participate in building and maintaining a strong team working environment
Qualifications for research assistant
  • 6 months research experience in a biological science or neurobiological science field is required
  • High degree of attention to detail and organizational skills is required
  • Experience with molecular biology approaches through academic coursework and molecular biology lab experience
  • Experience in animal models of traumatic brain injury, including histologic and behavioral outcome measures
  • A bachelor’s degree in a field relevant to life science or medical research such as molecular biology, genetics, or biology or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Minimum of one year of progressively responsible experience in a research environment is required
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Research Assistant Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is looking to fill the role of research assistant. Please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications. While this is our ideal list, we will consider candidates that do not necessarily have all of the qualifications, but have sufficient experience and talent.
Responsibilities for research assistant
  • Participate in laboratory meeting and seminars
  • Prepare materials for reports and grant applications
  • Perform general laboratory maintenance
  • Requisition supplies, specimens and materials
  • Organize work areas and care of equipment and maintain inventories of general supplies
  • Interact with and help train graduate and undergraduate students
  • Work with or train other laboratory personnel or students in research techniques or procedures
  • Seek opportunities to enhance one’s own professional knowledge, skills and abilities as they relate to the position
  • Perform experiments on mouse vision including surgical induction of elevated intraocular pressure
  • Perform histochemical and immunohistochemical evaluation of ocular tissue
Qualifications for research assistant
  • Experience enrolling human participants in research studies
  • Must be willing to commute to UW Tacoma campus weekly and data collection sites when needed
  • Able to work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds
  • Experience developing content to distribute via online social networks
  • Experience conducting outreach or recruitment
  • Robust understanding of Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms
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Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is looking for a research assistant. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for research assistant
  • Actively surveys the scientific / technical literature in his/her area of expertise
  • Help to set up test fixtures for mechanical and electrical experiments
  • Carry out analyses and interpretation of results
  • Participate in other R&D experiments if/as needed
  • Analyze satellite data and relate them to health
  • Ensure all materials necessary for conducting laboratory or field experiments are prepared properly and promptly
  • Assist with tasks such as cleaning, handling, packaging and storing field or laboratory material
  • Assist with various other tasks as requested from your work group
  • Plan and implement corn nurseries activities with accuracy in close supervision with the Corn-RA
  • Give training, develop and supervise temporary employees in field activities, and ensure that the work is performed in safe and efficient manner
Qualifications for research assistant
  • Self-motivated and able to work successfully alone or as a member of a team
  • Some knowledge of practical farm operations and the ability to withstand prolonged exposure to various weather conditions are a must
  • Must be able to carry out routine oral and written instructions with limited supervision
  • Ability to lift up to 75 pounds on a routine and continual basis
  • One growing season of related farm or agricultural research support experienced preferred
  • General understanding of social psychological, marketing, or organizational behavior scientific theory and methods

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