Research Assistant - RI Vac/Imm Bline
Nationwide Children's Hospital
 Columbus, OH


Research Assistant – Center for Vaccine and Immunity

We are seeking a Research Assistant that will work in a newly established translational lab to investigate host response to severe viral respiratory infection. The person will work closely with the PI and is expected to plan and conduct experiments on an independent basis over time. Performs research experiments and clinical studies in accordance with provisions of the approved protocol; maintains records of experiments and prepares laboratory reports; assists in analyzing data and preparing publications.

Schedule: Full time, Benefits Eligible


Abigail Wexner Research Institute

700 Children's Drive Columbus, OH 43205


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Performs research experiments independently or semi-independently in accordance with protocols approved by the principal investigator. Such experiments may involve the use of laboratory animals or human subjects any may require evening and/or weekend duties. Prepares and tests substrate, conducts assays, and prepares tissue cultures for use in research studies, as applicable. Collects blood, urine, and other samples as needed. Such activities may be performed independently and may require evening and weekend hours. Ensures accuracy of laboratory analytical procedures as required by specific research projects. Collects and controls experimental data and patient information; and maintains accurate daily logs of experiments including methods, results, and conclusions. Interprets the results of data analyses with input from the principal investigator. Assists the principal investigator in the preparation of scientific publications and grant proposals. Make recommendations about refinement and/or replacement of laboratory analytical procedures. Implements such refinements or new procedures with input from the principal investigator. Orders supplies needed to conduct research; maintains inventory of equipment and supplies; and assures that research equipment is in good working order. Collaborates in the preparation of research budgets, and monitors expenditure of funds to assure that studies are conducted within budgetary constraints. Instructs other laboratory workers and students in standard methods, practices, procedures, and equipment operations. Maintains a clean working area and performs general laboratory maintenance. Adheres to proper safety techniques and procedures. Performs miscellaneous related duties.




  • Bachelor of Science degree with two to three years of laboratory research experience OR certification and experience may be considered in lieu of formal education.

Required Experience:

  • Outstanding interpersonal and organizational skills, and ability to carefully perform detailed experiments.

Preferred Experience:

  • Laboratory experience preferred.
  • Experience in flow cytometry, cell culture, and molecular biology would be preferred, and independence in problem solving is highly encouraged
  • Coursework in anatomy, physiology, statistics, relevant research methods and radiation desirable.

Minimum Physical Requirement:

Percent of time spent on:

50% Preparing test substrates, conducting assays, preparing cultures

25% Interpreting results of data analyses with PI

11% Miscellaneous paperwork associated with research

10% Ordering supplies

02% Preparation of budget

02% Instructing other lab personnel

Minimum physical requirements:

100% Kneeling / reaching

100% Finger dexterity

100% Talking / hearing / seeing

33% Lifting / carrying weight 0-20 pounds for 1-5 minutes

The above list of duties is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by individuals assigned to this classification. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of duties performed by the individual so classified, nor is it intended to limit or modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under his/her supervision.