Research Assistant I Position

Job Posting:

The Cole lab in the Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB) Department at the University of Connecticut, Storrs is seeking a temporary Research Technician to participate in a PITCH – funded research project to characterize and develop small molecule activators of PKR as antiviral agents.  The hours are negotiable.


  1. Prepare reagents and media.
  2. Culture and maintain mammalian cell lines.
  3. Perform basic molecular biology manipulations.
  4. Carry out protein analysis on cell lysates using the Protein Simple Jess instrument.
  5. Express and purify proteins.
  6. Keep accurate and up-to-date laboratory notebooks.
  7. Participate in the general upkeep of the lab.
  8. Order supplies.
  9. Communicate effectively with principal investigator and laboratory personnel.


  1. Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology or a related field.
  2. Familiarity with concepts, practices, safety protocols, and standard procedures in molecular biology laboratories.
  3. Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  4. Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.
  5. Excellent interpersonal, organizational, time-management, and communication skills.
  6. Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word and Excel).


  1. Master’s degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology or a related field.
  2. Experience in mammalian cell culture.


This is a temporary position for an initial period of six months, with the possibility of extension dependent on grant funding. Hourly salary will be $15-$20 per hour depending upon level of experience.


Please submit CV/resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references to Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.