Research Associate - Reagan Lab

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  • Scarborough, ME
  • Maine Medical Center
  • Full Time - Day Shift
  • Professional - Nonclinical
  • Req #: 135602
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Position Summary

Conducts a variety of complex laboratory procedures and is able to conduct independent research in consultation with the principal investigator. The research associate has a sufficient level of experience, expertise and independence to conduct a defined research project with overall responsibility for its inception, implementation and completion with reporting of results in a peer reviewed forum. Position availability is directly related to grant funding.

The Research assistant/associate will be conducting basic, benchtop research as part of the Reagan laboratory’s team of scientists studying multiple myeloma, an incurable blood cancer. Projects will focus on characterization of the role of fatty acid binding proteins in tumor cells using methods such as qRT-PCR, western blotting, confocal microscopy, ELISAs, chemokine arrays, cell culture, bioluminescent assays, and flow cytometry. Skills with coding or working with “big data” would bring extra value. The position will involve experiments with cellular and animal models and human bone marrow biopsy samples. Prior experience with mouse research is preferred. Basic biology, biochemistry, and math skills are required. Specific responsibilities will include combinations of the following: tissue culture, gene expression analysis, biochemical analysis, animal colony maintenance and experiments, characterization of knockdown and knockout cell lines, and other types of lab work. The Research assistant/associate will initially be responsible for helping others in the lab and getting trained to work independently. Eventually, the scientist will be responsible for design, execution, analysis, and presentation of their own experiments and will interact directly with the lab head as well as all other lab members. Career paths towards pursuing a PhD or Master’s degree in the Reagan lab are possible. Bachelor's degree in science (or engineering or a related field) required; educational emphasis in biochemistry, molecular genetics, or related fields preferred. Must be detail-oriented, have a strong sense of responsibility, self-motivated, organized, able to work as part of a team in a fast-paced environment, and proficient with computers. Strong interpersonal and communication skills, as well as a “growth and learning” mindset are required. Cover letter highly recommended.

Required Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)

      1. Education: Master's degree in relevant field.
      2. License/Certifications: N/A
      3. Experience: 6+ years of relevant experience with Master's degree.
      4. Demonstrated ability above that of the Research Associate II.
      5. Communication skills that are sufficiently developed that the individual at this level will be able to present research results at regional and national research conferences.
      6. Visual acuity, manual dexterity, math skills and a scientific acumen are required.

***Candidates with less than the required experience will be considered and are encouraged to apply and will be considered for a lower level position***

We offer benefits that support an individual's needs for today and flexibility to plan for tomorrow. Our package includes health and dental insurances, paid parental leave, retirement program, generous paid time off, and much more! Our comprehensive array of benefits are competitive, affordable, and include choices that meet specific, but ever changing, needs.

MaineHealth is a not-for-profit integrated health system consisting of eight local hospital systems, a comprehensive behavioral healthcare network, diagnostic services, home health agencies, and over 19,000 employees. It is the largest health system in northern New England and provides preventive care, diagnosis and treatment to 1.1 million residents in Maine and New Hampshire.

With a career at any of the MaineHealth locations, you’ll be working with healthcare professionals that truly value the people around them – both within the walls of the organization and the neighborhoods that surround it. We are deeply invested in the wellbeing of our communities and employees. We believe in fostering a work environment of strong commitment, compassionate caring and continuous improvement. Our care – and the science behind that care – is top rate. Join us and your abilities will be challenged and enhanced as you take your career to another level.


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