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Laboratory Assistant

Rutgers University

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Recruitment/Posting Title Laboratory Assistant
Job Category Staff & Executive - Research Support (Laboratory/Non-Laboratory)
Department RWJ - Brain Health Institute
New Jersey’s academic health center, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) takes an integrated approach to educating students, providing clinical care, and conducting research, all with the goal of improving human health. Aligned with Rutgers University–New Brunswick and collaborating university wide, RBHS includes eight schools, a behavioral health network, and five centers and institutes that focus on cancer treatment and research, neuroscience, advanced biotechnology and medicine, environmental and occupational health, and health care policy and aging research.
Our faculty are teachers, clinicians, and scientists with unparalleled experience who advance medical innovation and provide patient care informed by the latest research findings. We offer an outstanding education in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, public health, nursing, biomedical research, and the full spectrum of allied health careers.
Our clinical and academic facilities are located throughout the state—at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, including Piscataway; and at locations in Newark, Scotch Plains, Somerset, Stratford, and other locations. Clinical partners include Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, Newark’s University Hospital in Newark, and other affiliates.
Through this community of healers, scientists, and scholars, Rutgers is equipped as never before to transform lives.
Posting Summary
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is seeking a Laboratory Assistant for the Brain Health Institute (BHI) Department within Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
This is a full-time Laboratory Assistant position for 40 hours per week. The successful applicant will interface with the principal investigator and lab personnel to provide general research support and to help with building experimental setups, running experiments, ordering necessary lab supplies, managing mouse colonies, genotyping, and general lab management. This position may require some weekend work.
Among the key duties of this position are the following:
  • Manage several mouse colonies, breeding, weaning, tail and toe clipping, genotyping, and euthanasia.
  • Collect inner ear and brain tissue and post-experiment processing of the tissue.
  • Section the tissue and perform immunohistochemistry on the sections.
  • Perform PCR for genotyping, and occasionally perform qRTPCR, or Western blots or other molecular biology techniques on the experimental samples.
  • Maintains accurate records of experimentation and research and tissue.
  • Assists with computer data entry and analysis.
  • Assist with ordering necessary lab supplies.
  • Maintain folders of approved IACUC protocols, antibodies and other lab products, reagents and equipment.
Position Status Full Time
Hours Per Week
Daily Work Shift Day
Work Arrangement
FLSA Nonexempt
Grade 1325
Position Salary
Annual Minimum Salary 17.340
Annual Mid Range Salary 17.840
Annual Maximum Salary 18.380
Standard Hours 40.00
Union Description Teamsters, Local 97
Payroll Designation PeopleSoft
Rutgers offers a comprehensive benefit program to eligible employees. For details, please go to .
Rutgers also offers a benefit program to eligible full-time postdoctoral fellow students. For details, please go to
Seniority Unit
Terms of Appointment Staff - 12 month
Position Pension Eligibility PERS


Minimum Education and Experience
  • Associates Degree in a relevant science plus one (1-3) years related experience in a laboratory environment.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Basic computer skills (data entry/organization).
Preferred Qualifications
  • Previous small animal handling and caring experience.
Equipment Utilized
Physical Demands and Work Environment
  • PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Sitting, standing, walking, may need to lift small packages/animal carriers.

  • WORK ENVIRONMENT: Scientific research laboratory. Universal safety precautions are mandatory.
Special Conditions

Posting Details

Posting Number 23ST1549
Posting Open Date
Special Instructions to Applicants
Regional Campus Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS)
Home Location Campus Downtown New Brunswick
City New Brunswick
State NJ
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Pre-employment Screenings

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of all pre-employment screenings.

Immunization Requirements

Under Policy 60.1.35 Immunization Policy for Rutgers Employees and Prospective Employees , Rutgers University requires all prospective employees to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated and have received a booster (where eligible) against COVID-19 prior to commencement of employment, unless the University has granted the individual a medical or religious exemption. Employees who are not eligible for a booster at the time of an offer of employment must provide proof they have received a booster upon eligibility and upload proof of same. Under Policy 100.3.1 Immunization Policy for Covered Individuals , if employment will commence during Flu Season, Rutgers University may require certain prospective employees to provide proof that they are vaccinated against Seasonal Influenza for the current Flu Season, unless the University has granted the individual a medical or religious exemption. Additional infection control and safety policies may apply. Prospective employees should speak with their hiring manager to determine which policies apply to the role or position for which they are applying. Failure to provide proof of vaccination for any required vaccines or obtain a medical or religious exemption from the University will result in rescission of a candidate’s offer of employment or disciplinary action up to and including termination.

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