The Research Assistant I position in Prof. Rizzo lab will provide, under direct supervision, support for specified research projects, chemical synthesis of reagents and HPLC purification. It will be responsible for collecting, assessing, communicating data/results and assist in general laboratory operation and inventory. The successful applicant must be self-motivated, extremely well organized and able to communicate clearly.
Chemistry is the intellectual home to over 250 students, post-docs, and faculty members working in a wide range of specializations, as well as the interdisciplinary fields of chemical biology, structural biology, molecular toxicology, materials chemistry, and nanotechnology. Close collaboration with the School of Medicine, School of Engineering and other departments within the College of Arts and Science-particularly the departments of biological sciences and physics provides valuable opportunities to not only excel in the traditional disciplines of chemistry but also investigate the many ways that chemistry intersects with other fields.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under supervision, run experiments, assays, and record results Read and follow experimental protocols (May include animal handling, tissue culture, etc.) Compile and communicate results to supervisor Follow University safety protocols (may include use of combustibles, radioactivity, toxic material, and/or carcinogenics) Perform calculations involving molarity, % solutions, and serial dilutions Prepare and operate equipment in experimental procedures May include HPLC, centrifuge, pH meter, spectrophotometer, analytical balance, etc. Maintain and repair equipment according to manufacturer and university guidelines. Ensure laboratory is prepared for experiments Maintain inventories Maintain sterile conditions as required Prepare reagents Maintain & Clean equipment Prepare reagents
Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry is necessary Knowledge of basic lab procedures, sample preparation, data analysis, and record keeping is necessary. Experience in chemical synthesis and HPLC purification is desirable. Strong communication skills, attention to detail, and organization is necessary . Ability to work with others in a mutually respectful environment that values honesty, integrity and accountability is necessary .
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