Laboratory Research Specialist
Indiana University

Indianapolis, Indiana

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Job Summary

Department-Specific Responsibilities

  • Performs insect/bacterial cell culture protocol maintenance and generates data reports for grants.
  • Performs protein purification, animal management and handling.
  • Manages laboratory regulatory compliance and clearances with Environmental Health and Safety.
  • Performs equipment and instrument protocol maintenance.
  • Manages service contracts and records maintenance for data support as needed for grants.
  • Conducts technical scientific laboratory experiments for data so the Principal Investigator (PI) may generate new grant applications and/or progress reports on grants.
  • Provides supervision to graduate students that rotate through the lab.
General Responsibilities
  • Leads research activities and protocol development.
  • Maintains equipment, including preventive maintenance such as scheduling repairs as needed, service agreement negotiations, troubleshooting equipment malfunctions, and maintaining an active list of vendors to respond to equipment loss.
  • Supervises, mentors, and provides training for junior-level staff.
  • Prepares summary data reports.
  • Creates and maintains databases for storage and analysis.
  • Ensures compliance with all applicable local and federal regulations.
  • May design and conduct a wide range of complex experiments.


Combinations of related education and experience may be considered. Education beyond the minimum required may be substituted for work experience. Work experience beyond the minimum required may be substituted for education.


  • Bachelor's degree in a science related field
  • Master's degree in a sciences related field
  • Degree in biochemistry or molecular biology

  • 3 years of laboratory research experience
  • Bench research experience during undergraduate and/or graduate studies

  • Proficient communication skills
  • Maintains a high degree of professionalism
  • Demonstrates time management and priority setting skills
  • Demonstrates a high commitment to quality
  • Possesses flexibility to work in a fast paced, dynamic environment
  • Seeks to acquire knowledge in area of specialty
  • Highly thorough and dependable
  • Demonstrates a high level of accuracy, even under pressure
  • Experience in protein expression and purification

Working Conditions / Demands

The role regularly requires the ability to effectively communicate. The person in this position must be willing and able to participate in mouse model studies. The role frequently requires the ability to move about the work environment and to position oneself to operate laboratory equipment effectively. The role requires the ability to move objects weighing up to 25 pounds and will occasionally work near moving mechanical parts. The person in this role must be able to perform the essential functions with or without an accommodation.

Work Location

Indianapolis, Indiana

Advertised Salary

$54,000 - $62,000 per year based on experience and internal equity within the department

Benefits Overview

For full-time staff employees, Indiana University offers a wide array of benefits including:
  • Multiple plan options for medical insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Health Savings Account with generous IU contribution
  • Life insurance, LTD, and AD&D options
  • Base retirement plan contribution from IU, subject to vesting
  • Additional supplemental retirement plan options
  • Tuition benefit for IU classes
  • 10 paid holidays per year
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Learn more about our benefits by reviewing our online Benefits Brochure.

Job Classification

Career Level: Career

FLSA: Exempt

Job Function: Research

Job Family: Laboratory Research
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Posting Disclaimer

This posting is scheduled to close at 11:59 pm EST on the advertised Close Date. This posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University, but will remain open for a minimum of 5 business days. To guarantee full consideration, please submit your application within 5 business days of the Posted Date.

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Equal Employment Opportunity

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment based on individual qualifications. Indiana University prohibits discrimination based on age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status. Indiana University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admission, as required by Title IX. Questions or complaints regarding Title IX may be referred to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights or the university Title IX Coordinator. See Indiana University's Notice of Non-Discrimination here which includes contact information.

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