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Research Associate - Department of Biology

Salary: Commensurate with experience
Location: Department of Biology - Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
Position Status: Full-time
Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Position Number: 10-451
Open Date: September 5, 2018
FLSA Status: Exempt
Notes: Accepting resumes
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This is experimental Neurobiology laboratory research in a biomedical basic science setting. Work involves providing significant directorial support for, and contributing to, NIH-funded research projects by: managing students and trainees working on research projects, developing research questions in the basic science of bladder pain, conducting tests and experiments, managing a transgenic animal colony, managing inventory supplies, and overseeing lab cleanliness. Work primarily makes use of neurobiological, physiological, and molecular techniques including but not limited to immunoblotting, molecular cloning, DNA gel electrophoresis, cell culturing, fluorescence microscopy, electrophysiology, and mouse behavior (depression, anxiety, pain, cognitive). Experience with these techniques is required. Assignments and work evaluation will be received from the professor/grant administrator (Principal Investigator), Dr. Benedict Kolber (www.kolberlab.com).

Additional guidance is provided through University regulations for environmental safety. Supervision and monitoring may be exercised over students and staff working in the laboratory.


  • Conducts experiments (see sample of techniques listed above) and records finding under the guidance of the Principal Investigator.
  • Collects data for research and experimental purposes following established research procedures.
  • Assists in statistical and comparative analysis of experimental data including use of appropriate computer software applications.
  • Reports findings by assisting in the development of written reports.
  • Conduct literature searches related to the research project.
  • Maintains transgenic animal colony including daily care and genotyping of mice.
  • Monitors supplies and submits requisitions in keeping with budgetary guidelines.
  • Prepares experimental reagents and solutions to supervisor specifications.
  • Oversees cleaning of lab area.
  • Training and/or supervision of student aides and other trainees working in the laboratory.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


Work requires a Master's or Doctoral degree in the particular field of study (i.e. neurobiology or neuroscience) and previous related experience, or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform the essential job functions. This may include but is not limited to: knowledge of basic laboratory techniques; ability to follow experimental procedures and to report results accurately; ability to keep inventory of materials and equipment, requisition supplies, and maintain purchasing documentation; ability to use laboratory materials and equipment properly so as to assure validity of results and preserve a safe working environment; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with faculty, staff and students; ability and willingness to support the University Mission Statement; knowledge of proper procedures for handling and disposing of hazardous chemicals and materials; and knowledge of computer applications used to record, analyze, and report findings.


Catholic in its mission and ecumenical in spirit, Duquesne University values equality of opportunity as an educational institution and as an employer. We aspire to attract and sustain a diverse faculty and staff that reflects contemporary society, serves our academic goals and enriches our campus community. We particularly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups and support dual-career couples through our charter membership in this region's HERC (http://www.hercjobs.org/oh-western-pa-wv/).

We invite applicants for this position to learn more about our university and its Spiritan heritage by visiting http://www.duq.edu/about/mission-and-identity/mission-statement. Those invited to campus for an interview may be asked about ways in which they see their talents contributing to the continued growth of our community and furthering its mission.

Duquesne University uses Interfolio to collect all faculty and staff job applications electronically. Please send a letter of application describing your experience and interest, CV, and the names and contact information for three professional references to http://apply.interfolio.com/54193.

Duquesne University was founded in 1878 by its sponsoring religious community, the Congregation of the Holy Spirit. Duquesne University is Catholic in mission and ecumenical in spirit. Motivated by its Catholic identity, Duquesne values equality of opportunity both as an educational institution and as an employer.