Laboratory Assistant

  • Western University of Health Sciences
  • Pomona, CA, USA
  • Dec 27, 2023
Full time Work Study, Student Jobs on Campus

Job Description


Laboratory Assistant

Posting Number: TC00384
Position Status:
Campus: Western University Campus-Pomona, CA
Department: 1701-College of Veterinary Medicine

Function: College of Veterinary Medicine
Family: Laboratory
Classification Series Title: Lab Assistant

Classification Pay Scale
In compliance with SB 1162, Western University of Health Sciences is providing a pay scale for this position. The pay scale reflects the minimum and maximum target for new hire salaries for this position. Within this range, the individual pay is determined by a variety of factors, including but not limited to job-related skills, experience, relevant education or training, and work location. Please note that the compensation details listed reflects the base salary only.

Full Salary Range
Minimum: $17.00
Maximum $17.00

Expected Pay Scale
Minimum: $17.00
Maximum: $17.00

Job Summary
Primary Purpose
To provide undergraduate students currently enrolled in a four-year undergraduate program the opportunity to gain research experience. This is a 15-week part-time position where students will provide technical support and assist in the expression and purification of proteins in bacteria and mammalian systems.

Lab Assistant will report to Dr. Mohammad Mir, College of Veterinary Medicine. Work will involve the expression and purification of proteins in bacteria and mammalian systems.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Individuals must possess knowledge, as well as the following skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.

  1. Basic knowledge & skills, including PCR. Western blotting, SDS-PAGE gels, expression and purification of His-tagged proteins, Mammalian cell culture.
  2. Basic skills in the use of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint..
  3. Ability for logical, independent problem solving, and attention to detail and process
  4. Knowledge of microbiological terminology.

Required Qualifications

  1. Education: High School Diploma or equivalent and concurrently enrolled in an undergraduate program at a four-year institution.
  2. Experience: Research lab experience and knowledge of fundamental laboratory techniques is required.

Preferred Qualifications

Posting Date: 10/10/2022
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled:

Special Instructions to Applicants

Essential Job Duties

Essential Job Duties

Job Duty

Prepare bacterial growth media and carry out protein purification in bacteria

Percentage Of Time

Job Duty

Mammalian cell culture, purification of RNA and DNA.

Percentage Of Time

Job Duty

PCR, plasmid purification, RNA synthesis

Percentage Of Time

Job Duty

Western blot, transfection of mammalian cells.

Percentage Of Time

Job Duty

Ordering of supplies within the budget promptly at the request of the investigator. Keep supervisor and investigator appraised of items which need to be stocked for laboratory inventory.

Percentage Of Time

Describe Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Duties of the Research Associates are normally performed in a typical life science laboratory and office setting. The employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles, and must work with toxic or caustic chemicals according to institutional safety standards. The employee will also be required to handle and collect samples from domestic animals. The employee is occasionally exposed to outdoor weather conditions, and cold. The noise level in this setting is usually moderate due to the proximity of various office machines and light office traffic.

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