Nationwide Children's Hospital

Research Assistant - RI Vaccines/Immunity - Shimamura

  • Nationwide Children's Hospital
  • Columbus, OH 43205
  • 15 days ago


Job Description


The Research Assistant will join a laboratory in the Abigail Wexner Research Institute, Center for Vaccines and Immunity, and will contribute to two clinical-translational research studies evaluating human immune responses to infectious diseases.

The first project will use immunologic techniques such as flow cytometry, ELISA, ELISpot, and RNA-seq to understand the immune response to congenital cytomegalovirus infection.

The second project will evaluate the diagnostic performance of an ELISpot assay testing immunity to tuberculosis.

The position will include processing blood samples from enrolled subjects, performing the immune assays after appropriate training, and assisting with data analysis.

Opportunities for abstract presentation and contribution to publications are anticipated for this position.

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Performs research experiments independently or semi-independently in accordance with protocols approved by the principal investigator.

Experiments will involve blood samples derived from human subjects and may require occasional evening and/or weekend duties.

Prepares and tests substrate, conducts assays, and prepares tissue cultures for use in research studies, as applicable.

Processes blood, urine, and other samples as needed.

Such activities may be performed independently and may require occasional evening and weekend hours.

Ensures accuracy of laboratory analytical procedures as required by specific research projects.

Collects and controls experimental data and patient information; and maintains accurate daily logs of experiments including methods, results, and conclusions.

Interprets the results of data analyses with input from the principal investigator.

Assists the principal investigator in the preparation of scientific publications and grant proposals.

Orders supplies needed to conduct research; maintains inventory of equipment and supplies; and assures that research equipment is in good working order.

Collaborates in the preparation of research budgets, and monitors expenditure of funds to assure that studies are conducted within budgetary constraints.

Maintains a clean working area and performs general laboratory maintenance.

Adheres to proper safety techniques and procedures.

Performs miscellaneous related duties.



Bachelor’s degree in a biomedical or scientific field.

New graduates are encouraged to apply.

Prior experience is not required.

On-the-job training will be provided, so candidates should be interested and engaged in learning new concepts and research methods.

One to two year commitment to this research project is expected.


ndividuals seeking biomedical laboratory experience in preparation for future higher education (master’s, PhD, MD/DO, etc) are strongly encouraged to apply.


Percent of time spent on: 80% Performing experiments, preparing results for discussion with PI and lab team 20% General animal colony and laboratory maintenance Minimum physical requirements: 100% Kneeling / reaching 100% Finger dexterity 100% Talking / hearing / seeing 33% Lifting / carrying weight 0-20 pounds for 1-5 minutes

The above list of duties is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by individuals assigned to this classification.

It is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of duties performed by the individual so classified, nor is it intended to limit or modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under his/her supervision.

EOE M/F/Disability/Vet

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