Laboratory Research Assistant
Indiana University

Indianapolis, Indiana

Posted in Education and Training

Job Info



Job Summary

Department-Specific Responsibilities

  • Handles and processes clinical specimens.
  • Responsible for the execution of molecular biology laboratory experiments as part of multiple ongoing studies.
General Responsibilities
  • Cleans and maintains laboratory equipment.
  • Monitors and inventories laboratory supply levels.
  • Assists with and performs routine laboratory procedures and preparations.
  • Maintains regulatory paperwork.
  • Moves and relocates sensitive equipment as needed.
  • May participate in the disposal of biological or radioactive waste.



  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Bachelor's degree in Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, or other life sciences (BS, BA).

  • 1 year of experience in a research lab (work post-graduation, or long term project during undergraduate).
  • Some experience working in a BSL-2 laboratory.

  • Proficient communication skills.
  • Maintains a high degree of professionalism.
  • Demonstrated time management and priority setting skills.
  • Demonstrates a high commitment to quality.
  • Knowledge of basic biological concepts.
  • Broad knowledge of laboratory equipment such as centrifuges, heating blocks, and pipets.
  • Ability to work and communicate with a variety of professionals from different fields.
  • Ability to use a pipette with accuracy and precision.
  • Ability to maintain laboratory records.
  • Ability to cross-train on multiple bench top laboratory procedures.
  • Ability to demonstrate good laboratory practices and techniques.
  • Experience in aseptic and sterile techniques.
  • Experience with data analysis and interpretation.
  • Experience in nucleic acid isolation.
  • Experience with grant writing.
  • Experience in qPCR, PCR, or other molecular biology assay techniques.

Working Conditions / Demands

The role regularly requires the ability to effectively communicate. The role frequently requires the ability to move about the work environment and to position oneself to operate laboratory equipment effectively. The role requires the ability to move objects weighing up to 25 pounds and will occasionally work near moving mechanical parts. The person in this role must be able to perform the essential functions with or without an accommodation.

Work Location

IUPUI Campus

Indianapolis, Indiana

Job Classification

Career Level: Foundational

FLSA: Nonexempt

Job Function: Research

Job Family: Laboratory Research

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be differences in the working conditions as advertised in our standard job postings (e.g., the ability to travel from one campus to another, etc.). If you are invited for an interview, please discuss your questions or concerns regarding the working conditions at that time.

This posting is scheduled to close at 11:59 pm EST on the advertised Close Date. This posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University, but will remain open for a minimum of 5 business days. To guarantee full consideration, please submit your application within 5 business days of the Posted Date.

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