Research Assistant – Biology

Position Description

The Department of Biology at Ursinus College seeks a full time assistant to conduct research in the area of cellular/developmental neurobiology beginning December 1, 2013. The research assistant will work with Dr. Jennifer Round, Assistant Professor of Biology, to conduct and troubleshoot laboratory experiments, maintain a zebrafish breeding colony, train and supervise undergraduate researchers, and perform routine laboratory maintenance. This is a NSF grant-funded position for a period of 14 months, with the possibility of renewal pending additional funding.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Perform experiments using zebrafish and cultured cells to advance the lab’s research goals
  • Maintain a zebrafish colony with twice daily feeding and regular breeding
  • Supervise, schedule, train, and assist undergraduate researchers and work-study students
  • Make solutions, clean glassware, and coordinate waste disposal
  • Stock consumable materials required for research in the laboratory 
  •  Perform routine maintenance and cleaning of the laboratory space and equipment
  • Manage safety issues in the laboratory to ensure a clean and safe working environment 

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Bachelor's degree in biology or neuroscience required
  • Knowledge of basic principles of cell, molecular, and developmental biology required
  • Basic computing skills and basic light microscopy skills required
  • Excellent interpersonal, trouble-shooting, organizational, and communication skills required   

Preferred Qualifications

  • with laboratory techniques in cellular or molecular biology strongly preferred 
  • Previous experience with zebrafish helpful but not required 

To apply, send a cover letter, current resume, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for two references to the Human Resources Office via email to Direct specific questions about the position to Dr. Jennifer Round at 

Ursinus College is an AA/EO Employer.  Ursinus College does not discriminate on grounds of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, creed, ancestry, veteran status, marital status, disability, or other classification protected by applicable law in the administration of any of its educational programs or activities or with respect to employment.