Glendale, Arizona


The Glendale campus of Midwestern University is currently seeking a Research Assistant to support faculty in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics. The selected candidate will utilize techniques in molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, and microbiology to assist multiple Biochemistry faculties with their day-to-day research activities. The position reports to the Chair of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics.

The position will include the following duties:

  • Work is performed under direct supervision by Principal Investigator (PI) or senior member of the lab
  • Performs wide variety of standard research procedures with supervision and following established procedures and protocols
  • Tracks results, compiles data using appropriate formats and graphs and analyzes data with training and supervision
  • Keeps an accurate lab notebook
  • Adheres to laboratory safety procedures
  • Involved in standard maintenance of the lab
  • Obtains quotes and performs ordering and receiving duties for lab supplies
  • Organizes and maintains supply and stocks adequately lab items
  • Contributes to abstract submissions and poster preparation
  • May maintain invertebrate animals, mice colonies, and/or microbial and tissue cultures for experiments

Supervisory Responsibilities

This position has no supervisory responsibilities.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Must be able to work in a constant state of alertness and safe manner and have regular, predictable, in-person attendance. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Additional Qualifications

  • Demonstrated organizational and multitasking ability
  • Outstanding communication skills and ability to work well as a team member
  • Ability to learn and train others in laboratory techniques, and work independently
  • Candidates with prior experience in microbial and tissue culture, Western blotting, qRT-PCR, subcloning, protein biochemistry, molecular biology techniques, and animal handling are especially encouraged to apply

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor's degree in the life sciences (biology, biochemistry, molecular biology or related field) from four-year College or university required. 0-2 years of previous research related experience is required.

Computer Skills

Computer proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook).

Language Skills

Intermediate skills: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of students or employees of organization.

Reasoning Skills

Intermediate skills: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

Mathematical Skills

Intermediate skills: Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as percentages, area, circumference and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to sit. The employee is regularly required to walk, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, taste and smell. The employee is frequently required to stand, use hands to handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, talk and hear. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include vision correctable to 20/40 in one eye.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee may occasionally be required to work near moving mechanical parts and may occasionally be exposed to vibrations, toxic and caustic chemicals, and fumes/airborne particles.

Midwestern University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not discriminate against an employee or applicant based upon race; color; religion; creed; national origin or ancestry; ethnicity; sex (including pregnancy); gender (including gender expressions, gender identity; and sexual orientation); marital status; age; disability; citizenship; past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services; genetic information; or any other protected class, in accord with all federal, state and local laws, including 41 C.F.R. 60-1.4(a), 250.5(a), 300.5(a) and 741.5(a). Midwestern University complies with the Smoke-Free Arizona Act (A.R.S. 36-601.01) and the Smoke Free Illinois Act (410 ILCS 82/). Midwestern University complies with the Illinois Equal Pay Act of 2003 and Arizona Equal Pay Acts.

Glendale, Arizona

About Midwestern University


Healthcare education is what we do. We're an established leader with an exciting vision for the future. Midwestern University offers programs that give you solid footing in the sciences, extensive hands-on experience in outstanding clinical rotations, and a compassionate perspective toward your patients.


You'll learn side-by-side with students in other health professions, modeling the team approach to 21st century healthcare practice. And you'll learn from faculty mentors who are dedicated to preparing their future colleagues for the realities of patient care. Our graduates are found in leading hospitals, private practices, laboratories, pharmacies, and healthcare facilities across the United States.


Midwestern University. We're tomorrow's healthcare team.

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