Research Assistant - Microbiology and Immunology (Manicassamy Lab)
University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa

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Job Info

The Carver College of Medicine department of Microbiology and Immunology (Dr. Manicassamy lab) is seeking a Research Assistant to conduct research focused on evaluating the efficacy of antivirals and therapeutics in cell culture and animal models.

Duties to include:

  • Perform studies with influenza viruses in BSL2 and BSL3 laboratories. Training will be provided to perform work in BSL3 laboratory
  • Maintain cell lines by feeding, splitting/passaging, and cryopreservation/storage
  • Perform infection in cell lines and assess viral titers by plaque assay. Evaluate the efficacy of therapeutics to inhibit viral replication
  • Perform mouse experiment in Biosafety Level 2 and Biosafety Level 3 with infectious agent; Training will be provided for handling mice in BSL2 and BSL3
  • Perform routine experimental procedures in the animal models, observe for signs of phenotype, illness, injury or stress. Execute basic medical treatments of the mice, including the administration of drugs
  • Harvest mouse tissue including dissecting brain, blood, and other organs as needed and perform viral titration
  • Collect and track data in an organized and logical manner, keep data records up to date, perform data entry for reports and maintain records of methods used

Our mission is to inspire and educate world class health care providers and scientists for the people of Iowa and our global community. Researchers in the College's over 280 laboratories are served by state-of-the-art core research facilities and research support facilities. Much of the research conducted is interdisciplinary and collaborations are fostered and coordinated through major research centers, institutes and programs. Many faculty members are internationally renowned for their research. Two faculty members are Howard Hughes Institute Investigators, 12 are members of the Institute of Medicine and two are members of the National Academy of Sciences.

Percent of Time: 100%

Type of Position: Specified Term. Initial appointment is for one year. Appointment may be extended based on performance and availability of funding.

Pay Grade: 3A

Benefits Highlights:

  • Regular salaried position located in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Fringe benefit package including paid vacation; sick leave; health, dental, life and disability insurance options; and generous employer contributions into retirement plans
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Required Qualifications

  • A Bachelor's degree in Microbiology, Cell biology, or Biology, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience in mammalian cell culture and sterile techniques
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and organizational skills
  • Experience with Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Prism software
  • Ability to work independently while being reliable and efficient with time management

Desirable Qualifications

  • Experience in handling mice
  • Experience in fluorescent microscopy and flow cytometry techniques

Application Process: In order to be considered, applicants must upload a resume or CV (under submission relevant materials) that clearly address how they meet the listed required and desired qualifications of this position.

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days.

Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check. This position is not eligible for University sponsorship for employment authorization.

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Additional Information
  • Classification Title: Research Assistant
  • Appointment Type: Professional and Scientific
  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Pay Level: 3A
Contact Information
  • Organization: Healthcare
  • Contact Name: Anne Phillips
  • Contact Email:

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