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Research Assistant I 

At Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), we espouse to grow a culturally competent workforce to advance medicine that touches the lives of underserved communities. Diversity and inclusion is the core component of our institutional identity and a key pillar of PCOM’s strategic vision. PCOM affirms that diversity and inclusion are crucial to the intellectual vitality of the campus community. It is through freedom of exchange over different ideas and viewpoints in supportive environments that our graduates develop the critical thinking and citizenship skills that will benefit them throughout their lives.

Since 1899, PCOM has trained highly competent, caring physicians, health practitioners and behavioral scientists who practice a “whole person” approach to care - treating people, not just symptoms. As the field of medicine has changed, we've changed with it - adapting our program offerings to better meet the needs of healthcare providers and the communities they serve. At the main campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (PCOM), the branch campus in Suwanee, Georgia (PCOM Georgia), and our newest location in Moultrie, Georgia (PCOM South Georgia), PCOM students learn to approach problem solving in a more professional, more team-oriented manner, which prepares them to work successfully in integrated healthcare settings with other health professionals.

Position Description

The Research Assistant I provides support for institutional research. In collaboration with a PCOM faculty member, the individual will work on a National Science Foundation funded project. Primary responsibilities will include the management of a medium sized mouse colony and performing laboratory research activities. The research assistant will also train and assist in the supervision of students. Other duties include adherence to safety standards established by the Safety Committee by all those working in the laboratory and for cataloging all laboratory chemicals, overseeing equipment maintenance and ordering laboratory supplies as needed. This is a grant-funded position for one year with the possibility of extension if funds are available. 

This position is based at PCOM (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania).


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Duties and responsibilities include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Proficiently perform genotyping by polymerase chain reaction (PCR), assess gene expression via RT-PCR, RNA and DNA extraction, histochemical staining, immunohistochemical staining. Ability to maintain project data (collection, logging, entry, analysis, reporting), accurately recording research, handling animals, etc.
  • Prepare equipment, special components and reagents for experiments.
  • Perform and oversee general lab maintenance including cleaning and sterilization of glassware and media to ensure smooth operation of facilities including lab safety.
  • Train others in mastering experimental techniques. Is responsible for troubleshooting.
  • Perform general equipment monitoring and maintenance including that of larger pieces of equipment (Revcos, incubators, etc.).
  • Monitor and order lab supplies to ensure adequate inventory and stocked lab areas.
  • Help prepare posters, manuscripts and meeting presentations. May present research findings at meetings.
  • Execute photographic data documentation.
  • Oversee recording of work study student hours and distribution of assigned lab maintenance tasks. May serve as back-up payroll recorder.
  • Perform other similar and related duties as required.

Position Requirements

*Applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. and pass a criminal background check.
  • A Bachelor’s degree is required.
  • A Master’s degree in Science is preferred.
  • A minimum of 0-2 years of experience is preferred.
  • This is a grant-funded position for one year with the possibility of extension if funds are available. 
Working Conditions/Physical Requirements
  • Work requires minimal physical exertion.
  • Ability to lift and carry 10-20 pounds, stoop, reach, stand, walk, finger, grasp, feel, talk, hear, see and perform repetitive motions with or without reasonable accommodations.

Application Instructions

All inquiries MUST include:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume

PCOM is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration. We adhere to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.