Critical Care Medicine - Research Associate (Riley Lab)

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Cincinnati, OH
DEPARTMENT: Cincinnati Children's Research Foundation, CCHMC Affiliates

SUPERVISOR'S TITLE: Principal Investigator



PURPOSE OF POSITION: To conduct independent and directed scientific studies and research in support of a Principal Investigator's research for a Medical Center.


* Conduct Research

Design, execute and record laboratory experiments; apply standard scientific/research protocols to experiments, research and improve current methods and evaluate innovative techniques. Design and perform experiments and record data according to research protocol. Independently reproduce, evaluate, research and improve techniques currently used. Adapt new methods to existing procedures and modify current experiments through scientific knowledge and intuition. Maintain accurate and detailed records of all laboratory work and experiments. Develop, set-up and verify new procedures in the laboratory. Standardize and establish new published procedures; evaluate innovative techniques. Develop new assays and new protocols; design formats. Discuss relevant insights about experimental results with Director and provide useful recommendations and analysis. Troubleshoot and correct erroneous results or problems with laboratory equipment. Maintain and repair equipment; monitor proper use by personnel. Maintain optimal protocol and assay accuracy by conducting regular quality and reproducibility checks. Demonstrate performance at work, consistency in carrying out instructions, accuracy & attention to detail, achieving expected results & continuous improvement.

* Publish

Draft, write and edit scientific reports, papers, journal articles and abstracts. Present at local, national and international scientific meetings.

* Teamwork

Train and supervise the work of other laboratory personnel as appropriate. Maintain an integral role in the laboratory's meetings, presentations and publications. Present information on research and laboratory work to others at laboratory meetings, journal clubs and seminars. Demonstrate attendance and punctuality, ability to work independently & display initiative and dedication

* Financial Management

Assist in preparing, writing and maintaining fiscal budget. Monitor expenditures and prepare capital expenditure requests. Prepare, approve and initiate check requests; track funding, maintain accurate balance and resolve any discrepancies.

* Leadership

May act as a mentor to more junior staff, serve as the contact for resolution of complex issues, provide education, guidance and work direction. May provide input and feedback to managers on hiring decisions, professional development and performance management.

Skills & Competencies

* Clerical Abilities

Ability to perform clerical functions with accuracy and attention to detail

* Creativity

Considering multiple perspectives or challenging traditional assumptions; formulating unusual, clever ideas or developing new insights; astutely identifying new ideas that will improve organizational functions, products, or services

* Information Analysis

Locating and gathering relevant information; recognizing and working to eliminate important gaps in existing information; determining the value of the information; synthesizing and organizing information to get a better understanding of a problem

* Educational Resource

Willingness to serve as an education resource to others

* Supervision

Ability to supervise others

* Computer Proficiency

Proficiency in basic computer applications such as Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Word, Excel), e-mail, and internet

* Detail Orientation

Meticulously keeping track of details without becoming overwhelmed by them; being exacting, precise, and accurate; spotting minor imperfections or errors and taking action to correct them

* Organization

Strong organizational and project management skills to handle projects independently.

* Time Management

Prioritization and time-management skills sufficient to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment

* Analysis - Basic

Analytical ability sufficient to evaluate data, make judgments and recommendations

* Statistics - Intermediate

Familiarity with statistical software, statistical techniques, statistical process control principles, and graphical data display

* Lab Procedures - Advanced

Knowledge and the ability necessary to independently perform advanced laboratory procedures

* Publication

Ability to express results in the form of oral/written presentations suitable for publication and/or funding

* Communication - Advanced

Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.


* PhD in a related field

* 3 years related experience beyond master's degree