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Research Assistant II (Neuroscience/Zebrafish) 

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

We are seeking a research assistant to participate in a neuroscience research program. Job responsibilities include conducting and coordinating research, and assisting with zebrafish and mouse husbandry. Coordinating the research laboratory will necessitate organizing research projects, overseeing and training research students, and general laboratory maintenance. To proficiently conduct research, the candidate must be skilled in molecular biology techniques (microscopy, protein biochemistry, genotyping/PCR, etc.), cell culture, and animal experimentation. Responsibilities regarding zebrafish care and use in research necessitates working closely with members of the Laboratory Animal Resources (LAR) and other zebrafish researchers to ensure the proper care and use of zebrafish in research. The candidate must be able to multitask, be detail oriented, and work well independently and in a team environment. The candidate will be evaluated by productivity in moving projects forward and by effectively working with the team.

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


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

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

  • Proficiently performs at least 4-6 experimental techniques (such as tissue culture, western blotting, PCR, biochemical and behavioral assays, etc.). Willing and able to learn new molecular/animal biology techniques. Is responsible for troubleshooting. Trains others in mastered experimental techniques.
  • Maintains project data (collection, logging, entry, analysis, reporting) to support lab and student research activities.
  • Performs and oversees general lab maintenance and safety to ensure smooth operation of research. Prepares equipment, special components and reagents for experiments. Performs general equipment monitoring and maintenance including that of larger pieces of equipment.
  • Coordinates zebrafish husbandry specific to research, use of shared zebrafish behavior equipment, and general zebrafish research training. Requires effectively communicating with all zebrafish users (two labs).
  • Assists or manages the preparation of posters, manuscripts and meeting presentations. Presents research findings at meetings. Performs literature reviews as needed to support research projects.

Position Requirements

*Applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. and pass a criminal background check.
  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred.
  • This position requires 6-10 years of experience; or Master’s degree in Science and a minimum of 4-8 years of experience.

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.