Research Associate

  • Kansas City University
  • Kansas City, MO, USA
  • Mar 23, 2024
Full time Health & Medical Services Institutional Research & Planning

Job Description


Research Associate

Kansas City Campus

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Job Description:

Kansas City University's Research Lab is seeking a Research Associate to assist in the planning of research projects, collect and analyze data, collaborate in the design of protocols and perform a variety of laboratory procedures. The successful candidate will contribute to the advancement of Kansas City University by ensuring high-quality outcomes in research endeavors.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide support and coordinate lab activities for graduate and medical students' research projects
  • Prepare routine laboratory reagents and maintain lab equipment and supplies
  • Maintain accurate and complete records of lab supplies and equipment
  • Perform Tissue Culture using aseptic techniques and conduct in vivo animal studies
  • Perform immunological experiments, biochemical procedures, flow cytometric analysis, and imaging using advanced microscopy techniques
  • Investigate gene expression procedures including real-time PCR
  • Assist in communicating experimental work and refining new techniques
  • Collect, analyze, and summarize data using paper and computerized methods
  • Contribute to manuscripts, abstracts, and publications, and present results/findings at various venues and events
  • Track data, perform data entry for reports, and maintain records of methods used
  • Prepare bibliographies and abstracts for publications and present results/findings at team and departmental meetings
  • Perform all work in accordance with university regulations and policies
  • Perform administrative duties including preparing and assisting with IRB, IBC, and IACUC documentation or similar protocol submissions
  • Work with environmental health and safety to maintain compliance and a safe lab environment
  • Support faculty research projects through implementing experimental design, analyzing data, conducting literature searches, writing manuscripts, and preparing posters
  • Manage the research laboratory or office, including coordinating research students and managing research equipment

Supportive Functions:

  • Other administrative tasks (i.e., filing, preparing documentation)
  • Participate in developing department goals, objectives, and systems
  • Actively participate in team and University meetings


  • Master's degree or bachelor's degree plus 1-2 years equivalent experience
  • 3+ years' experience working in biomedical research laboratory is preferred
  • Ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students, prioritizing team's goals
  • Detail-oriented, ensuring that all tasks are completed with care and precision
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to work effectively with both our research team and external personnel
  • Ability to analyze a situation and exercise good judgment and discretion as appropriate
  • Experience of working with laboratory animals is preferred
  • Strong working knowledge of research and experimental protocols
  • Proficiency in basic computer applications, ability to leverage technology to enhance productivity and efficiency

Physical Requirements:

  • Physical dexterity sufficient to use hands, arms, and shoulders repetitively to operate a keyboard and other office equipment, use a telephone, access file cabinets and other items stored at various levels, including overhead
  • Ability to speak and hear well enough to communicate clearly and understandably with sufficient volume to ensure an accurate exchange of information in normal conversational distance, over the telephone, and in a group setting
  • Ability to continuously operate a personal computer for extended periods of time (4 or more hours)

Equal Opportunity Employer

KCU is committed to promoting an equal employment opportunity workplace. Equal opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, genetic information (GINA), physical or mental disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, familial status, ancestry, military and/or veteran status, and/or any other status protected by applicable Federal, state or local law.

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Kansas City University (KCU), founded in 1916, is a fully accredited, private not-for-profit health sciences university with Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, Biosciences and a developing College of Dental Medicine. The College of Osteopathic Medicine is the sixth largest medical school in the nation, the ninth most impactful medical school in primary care for the nation, the tenth most affordable of private medical colleges, and the leading producer of physicians for the State of Missouri. The College of Osteopathic Medicine has two sites strategically located on the University’s campuses in Kansas City and Joplin, Missouri, to address the growing needs of both urban and rural populations. The University offers multiple graduate degrees: a doctor of osteopathic medicine; a doctor of psychology in clinical psychology; a master of arts in bioethics; a master of science in the biomedical sciences; a master of business administration in partnership with Rockhurst University; a new master of public health in partnership with the University of Nebraska Medical Center; and plans to seat the first doctor of dental medicine students in 2023.

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