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Laboratory Research Assistant, University of Maryland School of Dentistry

October 06, 2021 11:04 AM | Anonymous

(210001DJ) A Laboratory Research Assistant Position is immediately available in the Scott Lab at the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Dentistry (SOD) in the Department of Microbial Pathogenesis. The lab studies the role(s) of lipids (engineered or native) in the early innate immune response with an aim to alleviate conditions linked to uncontrolled inflammation. The funded project joins elements of neuroimmunology and pain biology and will test new ways to control pain through immunomodulation. This Research Assistant will participate in exciting and diverse aspects of the project: 1) biochemical extraction, purification, and structural characterization of glycolipids; 2) assisting with rodent behavioral modeling and colony maintenance; 3) exploration of molecular mechanisms of pain using basic techniques such as ELISA, immunohistochemistry, western blotting, and qRT-PCR. The ideal candidate will have experience in microbiology, immunology, neurobiology, biochemistry, or related areas with some documented experience in the techniques listed here. While previous experience working with rodents in a research setting is ideal, willingness to be trained on and work with these models is a requirement. This position will be a critical member of a collaborative, dynamic team and must have good oral and written communication skills and will be expected to be self-motivated to learn and perform independently.

This is a FULL-TIME, CONTRACTUAL position,

UMB was ranked one of America's Best Large Employers by Forbes Magazine (Feb 2021).

UMB offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to eligible employees. This is a contractual position that offers a generous leave package of 10 vacation days, 3 personal days, 8 holidays, and 5 sick days; comprehensive health insurance and supplemental retirement options; professional learning and development opportunities; and limited tuition remission for employees enrolled at UMB.

UMB requires all faculty, staff, and students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Exemptions for medical or religious reasons will be processed through Human Resources.  

Primary Duties:

  • Perform routine laboratory maintenance and research activities such as: general housekeeping, wipe tests, ELISA assays, preparing solutions, media, stains, and buffers; cultures and specimens; autoradiograms and photomicrographs, executing biochemical procedures such as: electrophoresis, blotting, chromatography, and DNA extractions, etc.
  • May perform advanced laboratory research activities such as: animal surgery, microscopy techniques, imaging techniques, recombinant DNA techniques, protein purification, and hybridizations, etc. May participate in the design of research studies.
  • Compile and may analyze research data using various relevant computer software applications.
  • Assist with literature research, editing and preparing manuscripts, scientific illustrations and computer graphics for publication.
  • Perform administrative duties such as: training and guiding students and/or other laboratory technicians; assisting in developing policies, procedures and/or methods for laboratory experimentation; and ordering supplies.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



Education: Bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry or field of study related to the research of the laboratory.

Other: May require training related to occupational safety and health, environmental compliance, shipping of hazardous materials and/or ionizing radiation.

May consider a combination of directly related experience and education.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of position requirements. Knowledge of all applicable requirements, regulations, and laws. Skill in effective use of applicable technology/systems. Ability to effectively communicate both verbal and written thoughts, ideas, and facts. Ability to work cooperatively with others and independently. Ability to demonstrate, understand, apply, and adhere to the UMB Core Values of Accountability, Civility, Collaboration, Diversity, Excellence, Leadership, and Knowledge.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  1. Immunohistochemistry

  2. ELISA

  3. qRT-PCR

  4. Biochemical extraction

  5. Rodent handling

Hiring Range: Commensurate with education and experience

UMB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law or policy. For assistance related to employment, please contact the Staffing department at

If you anticipate needing a reasonable accommodation for a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), during any part of the employment process, please submit a UMB Job Applicant Accommodation Request. You may also contact Please note that only inquiries concerning an ADA request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this email address.



: Reg or CII Exempt Staff - E3303C

Employee Class Exempt Contingent II

Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time


: Day Job

Financial Disclosure: No


: School of Dentistry - Microbial Pathogenesis

Job Posting

: Oct 6, 2021

Unposting Date

: Oct 27, 2021, 9:59:00 PM


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