National Institute on Aging

Brown University — Research Assistant

Job Description:

The primary purpose of this position is to conduct vaccine development studies for Plasmodium falciparum. Under the supervision of the Principal Investigator, the Research Assistant will assist with maintaining malaria parasites and bacterial cultures, limited pilot scale protein production, protein purification with fast performance liquid chromatography, western blots and other basic microbiology benchtop techniques. The Research Assistant will perform animal immunizations and collection of vaccine anti-sera. The Research Assistant will be responsible for keeping supplies in stock, and will provide technical support for the research project.

This is a fixed term position with a current end date of 5/31/2026 which may be extended based upon available funding.

Education and Experience:

  • Required: B.S. or B.A. in biology-related field.
  • Undergraduate research experience in molecular biology, parasitology and immunology preferred and/or equivalent combination of education and experience (grade 7).
  • 1-2 years relevant research experience in molecular biology, parasitology and immunology preferred and/or equivalent combination of education and experience (grade 8).

Job Competencies:

  • General background knowledge of malaria parasite biology is a plus
  • Ability to be organized and productive
  • Ability to communicate clearly and professionally
  • Ability to keep accurate records
  • Ability to follow detailed instructions
  • Proficiency with computers and essential software programs (such as MS office)
  • Possesses a willingness and ability to support a diverse and inclusive campus community
  • Occasionally requires weekend hours for parasite culture maintenance
  • Requires training in laboratory safety and hazardous waste management (to be provided by Environmental Health & Safety at Brown University)


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Job Posting Title:
Research Assistant

Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Grade 7

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Worker Sub-Type:
Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

Time Type:
Full time

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Submission Guidelines:
Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

Vaccination Requirements:
In order to maintain 90% or greater universal vaccination rates on campus, all newly hired employees at Brown University must receive the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before they begin work, unless they are approved for a medical or religious exemption. All employees must also receive a COVID-19 booster within thirty (30) days of becoming eligible. For more information, please visit the Healthy Brown site.

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