Research Assistant–University of Cincinnati

The Norton Laboratory in the McMicken College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Cincinnati seeks to hire a Research Associate with experience in molecular biology and/or genetics to work on a federally funded project examining normal variation in human skin, hair, and iris pigmentation. Duties will include coordinating data collection from study participants, collecting pigmentation data from subjects (training in data collection methods will be provided), collecting and extracting DNA from saliva samples, coordinating IRB and Human Subjects paperwork related to the project, data entry, maintaining DNA sample stocks and basic laboratory solutions, basic data analysis, and the supervision/training of undergraduate and graduate students working in the lab.

The minimum requirements are 1-2 years experience working in a molecular genetics laboratory, however, the ideal candidate will have a B.S. in biology, anthropology or a related field. The individual should be familiar with basic methods of DNA extraction and amplification, and must have excellent organizational skills. The individual will also be comfortable interacting with study subjects both on the phone and in person. Proficiency in Spanish (written and conversational) is preferred. Basic knowledge of unix, perl or R is a plus, but is not required.

Minimum qualifications require a Bachelor’s degree in a profession/field or equivalent level of knowledge. Knowledge/Experience Entry level professional that demonstrates understanding of research fundamentals (e.g. testing and evaluating procedures, data validation and interpretation) and knows fundamental concepts of particular field or research discipline. Independently evaluates and selects techniques, procedures and criteria; uses professional judgment to assist with the management of projects/studies.

Interested and qualified applicants must apply online at and select job opportunities. In addition to completing the online application, submission must include a cover letter; curriculum vitae/resume and three letters of recommendation.