Research Assistant III - Human Genetics - Liu Lab

Cincinnati Children's Hospital

Company Type

DEPARTMENT: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

SUPERVISOR'S TITLE: Primary Investigator



PURPOSE OF POSITION: To conduct laboratory duties and research for an assigned division(s)/department(s) of a Medical Center. To independently perform experiments according to established procedures, to make accurate observations, to record test results, and to analyze data.


  • Customer Service - Relationship Management

Maintain/manage strong working relationships with clients, colleagues, and other key stakeholders. Respond to requests quickly and effectively. Identify and understand customer needs and expectations and meets them. Communicate any relevant information to clients, colleagues, and other key stakeholders.

  • Serve as a Resource I

Demonstrate competence in specific knowledge, skills and behaviors. Effectively communicate with team members and contribute to their growth by sharing knowledge, experience, and skills. Stay abreast of changes in key systems. Serve as a resource to the department in specific area(s).

  • Design & perform experiments and record data

Follow established research protocols. Understand the scientific principles involved in the research. Apply those principles to troubleshoot and modify procedures and techniques when appropriate. Maintain accurate and detailed records of all laboratory work and experiments. Analyze data and perform statistical and graphical analysis of data. Design and execute daily laboratory experiments in coordination with senior laboratory personnel. Apply standard protocols to specific experiments. Assists in training post doctoral fellows, graduate students, and junior laboratory personnel in laboratory techniques and equipment. Capable of directing an undergraduate trainee in simple, well-established procedures. Maintains an active role in laboratory's meetings, presentations, and publications. Contributes material for reports, publications, journal articles, and abstracts. Able to orally present data in group presentations.

  • Research and improve current methods

Utilize internal and external resources to reproduce, evaluate, research, and improve techniques, bring in new techniques or modify existing techniques. Evaluate innovative techniques

  • Lab Administration

Troubleshoot and correct erroneous results or problems with laboratory equipment. Troubleshoot and/or make modifications as necessary to established procedures. Maintain inventory of laboratory supplies and equipment. Maintain cell cultures. Operate standard laboratory equipment. Willing and able to assist in daily operations of the laboratory including answering phone, maintaining lab supplies, organization, and cleanliness. Maintains optimal protocol and assay accuracy by conducting regular quality checks. Provides appropriate safety monitoring checks as assigned (radiation safety, biosafety, etc.)

  • 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

  • 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

  • Diversity Appreciation

Understanding and showing respect and appreciation for the uniqueness of all individuals; leveraging differences in others' perspectives and ideas; appreciating cultural differences and adjusting one's approach to successfully integrate with others who are different from oneself

  • Follow Instructions - Adv

Ability to follow complex written and verbal instructions

  • Scientific Terminology - Adv

Advanced knowledge of scientific terminology

  • Computer Proficiency

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

  • Independence

Pursuing work with little supervision or assistance; directing one's own efforts. Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team.

  • 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

Strong analytical skills with the ability to make judgments and recommendations based on statistical analysis

  • Statistics - Intermediate

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

  • Problem Solving

Ability to independently work through details of a problem to reach a positive solution

  • Lab Equipment

Ability to operate necessary laboratory instruments and equipment

  • Research Methods - Basic

Working knowledge of research methods including measurement, data collection and validity issues

  • Communication

Excellent verbal, written and/or interpersonal communication skills


  • Bachelor's Degree in a related field AND 1 year of experience working full time as a Research Assistant II OR equivalent combination of similar post graduate professional experience & an undergraduate experience in an extensive internship that is 1) in a designated and nationally recognized research environment OR 2) evidenced by contributions to the peer-reviewed literature
  • Master's Degree in a related field
  • Experience with laboratory procedures, including instrumentation, quantitative skills, tissue culture, and animal handling


Familiar with basic molecular biology techniques (PCR, qPCR, mammalian cell culture) and NGS library preparation (WGS, WGBS, RNA-seq, ChIP-seq and/or related). Experience in FACS sorting, single-cell -omics and/or liquid biopsy preferred

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