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Research Associate B, Biotechnology

Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755
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Dartmouth College

Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans or any other legally protected group.

Position Information

Position Title
Research Associate B, Biotechnology

Thayer School of Engineering

Position Number

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Thayer School of Engineering is one of our nation's oldest schools of Engineering. The faculty, unencumbered by departmental divisions, foster cross-disciplinary innovation in research and teaching. This Staff Scientist position plays a critical role in a research laboratory providing research services to investigators who are at the cutting edge of HIV, Polio, and COVID-19 vaccine development by offering a suite of biophysical characterization techniques for analysis of immune responses. This is accomplished by guiding a small group of research assistants in data collection using established assays as well as developing novel assay platforms, assay optimization and validation, and maximizing productivity of the laboratory through efficient organization and administration of laboratory staff.

Position Purpose

To contribute to the understanding of immune responses by independently designing, conducting, and analyzing research studies, while ensuring the facility continues to be state of the art.

SEIU Level
Not an SEIU Position


Employment Category
Regular Full Time w/end date

Department Contact for Cover Letter
Professor Margaret Ackerman

Special Instructions to Applicants

This position is funded by a grant. Continuation is based upon available funds.

This position is a 12-month term position.

Employment in this position is contingent upon consent to and successful completion of a pre-employment background check, which may include a criminal background check, reference checks, verification of work history, and verification of any required academic credentials, licenses, and/or certifications, with results acceptable to Dartmouth College. A criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify an applicant from employment. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Key Accountabilities

Perform single and multiplexed immunoassays using the Luminex and MSD instrument platforms in 96 and 384-well formats.
Expand platforms to improve breadth of biophysical characterization techniques currently used.
As necessary, develops and/or implements new or modified research methods, procedures, and techniques to meet the unique requirements of assigned research problems.
Identifies, troubleshoots, and corrects or recommends solutions to problems associated with experimental design, methods, procedures, and techniques; or equipment and facilities.
Improves laboratory throughput by optimization of experimental methods, as well as integration of novel tools to improve process.
Adheres to laboratory standard operating procedures, to ensure Good Clinical Laboratory Practices ( GCLP ), including careful documentation and strict protocol adherence.
As needed, design experiments to validate current platforms previously developed in the Ackerman lab to ensure reproducibility and accuracy.
Data Collection/Preparation
Collects, analyzes, and interprets data resulting from experimentation.
Performs literature searches to develop information of relevance to the research.
Prepares appropriate and understandable representations of data such as sequences, graphs, charts, etc.
Participates in the preparation of reports and presentations of the research findings. Presents at internal laboratory meetings.
Interact with the Ackerman, Bailey-Kellogg, Lee, and Griswold groups at weekly lab meetings through attendance and presentations.
Contributes to the preparation of scientific manuscripts by drafting portions of the text, preparing graphs, tables, and charts, etc.
Conducts literature searches to develop insights into the significance of experimental results and to acquire information on new or improved methods, procedures and techniques.
Manages a team of operators who will provide assistance in core operations, development, and maintenance.
Ensures timely collection of data by managing operator performance and planning.
Ensures that study documentation is maintained with diligence
Preforms quality checks on all data to ensure data integrity and validity
Adheres to laboratory safety requirements including general and chemical/hazardous waste safety disposal methods.
Instructs others in laboratory methods, procedures, and techniques and provides technical guidance and direction as required.
Oversees day-to-day care and housekeeping of laboratory.
Monitors laboratory equipment and instrument performance; obtains maintenance and repair as necessary.
Maintains computerized records associated with laboratory activities.

-- Demonstrates a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness through actions, interactions, and communications with others. -- Performs other duties as assigned.



Posted: 2020-07-25 Expires: 2020-08-25

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