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Research Associate II, Biological Sciences

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College / VP Area: College of Arts & Sciences
Work type: Staff
Location: Newark
Categories: Research & Laboratory, Full Time



The mission of the University of Delaware’s Department of Biological Sciences is to create and disseminate knowledge that increases our understanding of living organisms in the contexts of both normal biology and aberrant processes that contribute to disease or developmental abnormalities. This mission is carried out through original research, publications, and teaching students within the discipline and related scientific fields. This mission is strongly supported by the scholarly activities of our faculty, which focus on the areas of cell biology, developmental biology, genetics, microbiology, molecular biology, neurobiology, and physiology.

Under the general direction of the Principal Investigator, the Research Associate will participate in research to identify mechanisms that contribute to normal mammalian development, congenital and adult onset disease processes, and wound healing. A wide range of experiments involving whole-animal, molecular, genetic, biochemical and microscopy approaches will be carried out. The Research Associate will maintain a notebook describing experimental methods and results, participate in research discussions, train students in laboratory procedures, and interpret research results.


  • Plan, organize, and conduct research using mice and cultured cells.
  • Operate basic laboratory equipment (dissecting microscopes, fluorescent microscopes, centrifuges, pH meters, analytical balances, and gel documentation systems).
  • Maintain mouse lines and coordinate breeding to obtain experimental mice for lab projects.
  • Perform ocular microsurgery
  • Perform live and fixed sample confocal imaging for analyzing protein localization.
  • Perform molecular biology and biochemical techniques including RNA-seq, RT-PCR, Western blotting, co-immunoprecipitation, protein expression, and protein purification.
  • Maintain an inventory of lab supplies and equipment, reorder lab supplies, and track new orders of equipment and supplies.
  • Maintain laboratory databases, including biological and chemical samples and reagent inventories.
  • Coordinate and supervise undergraduate work study students responsible for media preparation and common solutions.
  • Train undergraduate and graduate students in experimental procedures
  • Comply with Department of Environmental Health and Safety, OSHA, and biohazard safety standards and promote workplace safety.
  • Assist with preparation of Animal Protocols for IACUC, and Human Subjects Protocols for IRB.
  • Participate in laboratory meetings and presents scientific projects at departmental and national meetings.


  • Bachelor’s degree in biology or other related field and three years of related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience with animal maintenance and handling, as well as tissue dissection and analysis.
  • Knowledge of standard cell and molecular biology and biochemical research methodology, principles and procedures.
  • Knowledge of the use and maintenance of laboratory facilities and/or equipment.
  • Knowledge of scientific approach and methodologies.
  • Ability to organize supplies for laboratory.
  • Ability to maintain biological and chemical inventories and laboratory safety data sheets.
  • Ability to ensure compliance of laboratory procedures for IACUC and IRB Protocols.
  • Knowledge and skill working with Microsoft suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) for data management and summation.
  • Experience with image analysis software.
  • Ability to design, organize, and coordinate scientific research projects.
  • Ability to develop and follow research methodology and protocol.
  • Ability to investigate, gather, and analyze data and draw conclusions from this data.
  • A high degree of personal and professional integrity, poise, maturity, and excellent judgment.
  • Ability to self-motivate, make independent judgment and to perform tasks on own initiative, many of which have no precedent.
  • Demonstrates an understanding and consideration of the differing needs and concerns of individuals with varying identities, cultures and backgrounds.
  • Committed to fostering a workplace culture of belonging, where diversity is celebrated and equity is a core value.


  • Work environment may include working in a cold room for short periods of time.
  • Frequently required to use personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to hazardous materials.
  • Frequently required to handle rodents.


  • Must be able to lift up to 20 lbs with/without assistance.
  • Requires dexterity in handling delicate and hazardous materials.
  • Ability to accurately discern colors and measure laboratory materials.
  • Must be able to work various and sometimes long hours due to the timing on experiments, including possibly weekends and evenings.

Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

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