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Research Assistant- Yan Lab

Research / Scientific


Research Assistant- Yan Lab

  • 521816
  • Roanoke, Virginia, United States
  • Fralin Biomedical Res. Institute
  • Research / Scientific
  • Staff
  • Virginia Tech University

Job Description

The Center for Exercise Medicine Research (CEMR), a research center at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC in Roanoke, VA, is dedicated to the promotion of health and the prevention and treatment of lifestyle-related disease. The Yan lab is currently employing advanced molecular genetics in mice and quantitative methods to conduct leading-edge research on the role of exercise in promotion of health and prevention of disease. We are looking for a Research Assistant to work primarily on NIH-funded research projects examining the impact of exercise on obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. The primary responsibility of this position is animal colony management, genotyping, some general laboratory operations, and provision of help for data collection for in vitro and in vivo research projects. The individual will also be responsible for operating equipment. The successful candidate should be detail oriented, keeping careful records of interactions with participants in a laboratory setting. The candidate should also be flexible and enjoy a fast-paced research environment.

Required Qualifications

• Basic lab experience including dilutions, weighing chemicals, and understand proper chemical handling
• Experience with lab equipment, such as centrifuge, pH meter, and balance
• Ability to work independently and manage time effectively
• Demonstrated communication skills
• Demonstrated ability to follow instructions
• Demonstrated skills in using computer software
• Demonstrated interpersonal, analytical, and problem-solving skills with strong attention to detail
• Demonstrated ability to interact respectfully and comfortably with all individuals in a diverse, multicultural environment, exercising judgement and high degree of confidentiality

Preferred Qualifications

• B.S. in Biology, Biochemistry, or a related field
• Experience with basic laboratory protocols including proper handling of subject specimens, data collection, participant recruitment, assessments, and data management.

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Commensurate with experience

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The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.


About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Brittany Shelton at sheltb@vt.edu during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.


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