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Research Assistant - RI Vaccines/Immunity - Shimamura Job in Columbus, Ohio US

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Nationwide Childrens Hospital Inc
Columbus, OH
Government and Military
Job Type
Full Time
Years of Experience
Less than 1 Year
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Research Assistant - RI Vaccines/Immunity - Shimamura

About the Job

Research Assistant  - RI Vaccines/Immunity - Shimamura

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JOB POSTING – Research Assistant 

Full time: Main Campus; Mon-Fri 8 AM – 5 PM


We are seeking a Research Assistant -   Our lab investigates the pathogenesis of cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection in the immunocompromised host and after congenital infection. We study host immune responses to CMV in murine renal transplant and neonatal infection models, as well as among clinical populations (kidney and hematopoietic cell transplant patients, infants with congenital CMV infection). The research assistant will participate in murine viral immunology experiments and may assist other lab members with patient-related studies. The assistant may also have the opportunity to assist in analyzing data and preparing publications. We welcome individuals who are curious, energetic, and have an interest in viral immunology. Individuals interested in future clinical-translational patient-based careers are also welcomed to apply.


Why Nationwide Children's Hospital?

The moment you walk through our doors, you can feel it. When you meet one of our patient families, you believe it. And when you talk with anyone who works here, you want to be part of it, too. Welcome to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where Passion Meets Purpose.

Here, Everyone Matters. We’re 13,000 strong. And it takes every single one of us to improve the lives of the kids we care for, and the kids from around the world we’ll never even meet. Kids who are living healthier, fuller lives because of the knowledge we share. We know it takes a Collaborative Culture to deliver on our promise to provide the very best, innovative care and to foster new discoveries, made possible by the most groundbreaking research. Anywhere.

Ask anyone with a Nationwide Children’s badge what they do for a living. They’ll tell you it’s More Than a Job. It’s a calling. It’s a chance to use and grow your talent to make an impact that truly matters. Because here, we exist simply to help children everywhere.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital. A Place to Be Proud.

What Will You Be Doing?
 The individual will be trained to perform research experiments in accordance with protocols approved by the principal investigator. Laboratory assays may include PCR, immunofluorescence microscopy, ELISA, ELISpot, and flow cytometry assays. Experiments may involve the use of laboratory animals and/or biological samples derived from human subjects. This position may require evening and/or weekend duties, as needed for experiments.
 The individual will be trained to propagate and titer CMV in tissue culture, and to perform infections of mice and cell cultures in-vitro.
 The individual may assist with documentation and storage of patient-derived samples, including blood, urine, and other samples as needed.
 The individual will maintain the mouse colony and assist with experiments in the transplant and neonatal infection model.
 The individual will maintain accurate logs of experiments including methods and results, perform general lab maintenance and adhere to proper safety procedures. 6. Performs miscellaneous related duties.


What Are We Looking For?

To fulfill this role successfully, you must possess these minimum qualifications and experience:

Bachelor’s degree; laboratory research experience OR certification and experience may be considered in lieu of formal education.
Laboratory experience preferred, but willingness to learn new techniques is also desirable.
Coursework in anatomy, physiology, relevant research methods are desirable.


Your Benefits, Your Wellness:

As an employer, Nationwide Children’s recognizes the importance of the benefits we offer. We also recognize the importance of balancing your work and personal needs.  Our benefits and Employee Wellness package is designed to:

Empower you to be a conscientious health care consumer through educational and wellness activities
Establish a work environment that promotes health and well-being
Support your financial protection and security in retirement
Most of our positions are benefits’ eligible from day 1.


Minimum Physical Requirements:


Percent of time spent on:

80% Performing experiments, preparing results for discussion with PI and lab team
20% General animal colony and laboratory maintenance

Minimum physical requirements:

100% Kneeling / reaching
100% Finger dexterity
100% Talking / hearing / seeing
33% Lifting / carrying weight 0-20 pounds for 1-5 minutes


The above list of duties is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by individuals assigned to this classification. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of duties performed by the individual so classified, nor is it intended to limit or modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under his/her supervision.




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