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Temporary Research Assistant
Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey
Date Posted 05/22/2021
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Position Details

Recruitment/Posting Title Temporary Research Assistant
Job Category Staff & Executive - Research Support (Laboratory/Non-Laboratory)
Department RWJ-CABM

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 Temporary Research Assistant for the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine (CABM) within Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Under the direction of the Principal Investigator (PI), the Temporary Research Assistant will be responsible for the performance and analysis of experiments focused on RNA metabolism in stem cells, development and disease, using in vitro cellular models as well as transgenic mice. The project is part of a larger effort in the lab to identify molecular players involved in RNA metabolism in the context of health and disease. The Temporary Research Assistant may assist with coordinating a team of undergraduate students involved in this effort and will work closely with the PI and Postdoctoral (Postdoc) Fellow to allocate tasks and oversee progress.

The project will involve experimental procedures to permit biochemical examinations of specimens and tissues, performed by the PI, Postdoctoral Fellow or by others in the research group, or by collaborators in other groups. This position is an excellent training opportunity for those aspiring to pursue careers in science and/or medicine. The project largely involves biochemical, cell biology and molecular biology approaches. This is a grant-funded position contingent on the availability of funds to support it.

Among the key duties of this position are the following:

  • Extracts and prepares protein samples for western blotting and RNA samples for northern blotting, qRT-PCR and
    RNA in situ hybridization.
  • Uses molecular biology approaches to perform genome editing using CRISPR/Cas9 in order to generate gene-edited cell lines.
  • Cultures stem cells and cancer cell lines and manipulates expression of specific genes using siRNAs and shRNAs
    (knockdown experiments) and overexpression using plasmids or viral transduction.
  • Performs luciferase assays using reporter plasmids transfected to cell lines.
  • Clones and extract plasmids by miniprep and maxiprep.
Position Status Full Time
Hours Per Week
Daily Work Shift Day
FLSA Nonexempt
Grade 99H
Position Salary $19/ hour
Annual Minimum Salary
Annual Mid Range Salary
Annual Maximum Salary
Standard Hours 40.00
Union Description Non-Union
Payroll Designation PeopleSoft

Information about the benefits provided to Rutgers employees can be found at: http://uhr.rutgers.edu/benefits/benefits-overview

Seniority Unit
Terms of Appointment Temporary Staff Appointment - Hourly
Position Pension Eligibility

Minimum Education and Experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree in a biological discipline or related field, along with a passion to continue working and learning in these areas.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Experience with standard molecular biology and cell biology techniques, as well as RNA and protein biochemical analyses.
  • Proficient in spoken and written English.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s Degree in a biological discipline.
  • Prior research experience working with transgenic mice.
Equipment Utilized
Physical Demands and Work Environment


  • Manual dexterity and vision sufficient for standard laboratory operations including pipetting and use of microscopes.


  • Lab environment. Universal safety precautions are mandatory.
Special Conditions

Posting Number 21ST1338
Posting Open Date
Special Instructions to Applicants
Regional Campus Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS)
Home Location Campus Downtown New Brunswick
Location Details

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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