Research Assistant
Southern Methodist University Inc

Dallas, Texas


Hourly Range:

$18.00 an hour - $21.50 an hour
Job Summary:

The Research Assistant will assist with the research goals, both technical and conceptual. The position's goals are for keeping general laboratory maintenance, and to help with biochemical and histological research assays, animal experiments in the laboratory, and student training.
Essential Functions:

  • Assist with animal handling, surgeries, and behavioral testing.
  • Assist with histological and biochemical assays. Perform imaging of immunohistochemical assays using bright-field and fluorescence microscopy.
  • General laboratory maintenance: maintain all laboratory instruments, glassware, utensils clean and organized. Maintain and update laboratory notebooks and databases. Prepare buffers and solutions for experimental assays.
  • Collect, review and analyze data from histological and biochemical assays.
  • Perform literature searches of all relevant material and supervise undergraduate students.


Education and Experience:

Bachelor's degree is required, preferably in Biology, Neuroscience, Biochemistry, or Biomedical Engineering.

A minimum of one year of work experience is required, preferably work experience in animal handling, stereotaxic surgeries, biochemical assays such as Western Blotting / ELISA or immunohistochemistry. Previous training in microscopy is desirable.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Candidate must demonstrate strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills with a diverse community of faculty, staff, and students.

Candidate must possess strong organizational, planning and time management's skills with the ability to oversee multiple tasks in a deadline-driven environment. Must also possess a strong focus on attention to detail.

Candidate must possess strong problem-solving skills, with the ability to be resourceful, proactive, and seek assistance as needed. Must also possess the ability to work independently, as well as part of a team.

Knowledge of how a research lab runs is preferred. The ability to apply scientific reasoning for decision-making is highly desirable. Knowledge of laboratory procedures is a plus.

General knowledge of Word, Excel, Powerpoint, EndNote is required. Experience with or knowledge of Graphpad Prism and/or Photoshop is prefererred.
Physical and Environmental Demands:
  • Bend
  • Stand
  • Reach above shoulders
  • Push/pull
Deadline to Apply:

The position is open until filled.

COVID Vaccination

SMU must comply with President Biden's Executive Order (EO) 14042 requiring those that receive federal contracts and their employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they apply for and are granted an exemption for religious or medical reasons.

For more information regarding this requirement, please visit our website.
EEO Statement:

SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601,

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