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Research Assistant - ICTS Clinical Research Unit

20001142 Requisition #

The University of Iowa Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS) Clinical Research Unit (CRU) is seeking a research assistant to conduct clinical research within parameters of study protocols and assist in the performance of clinical research sample processing, shipping, record management, electronic data entry, scheduling, and compiling results.  Perform difficult technical procedures and allied duties related to a function of a clinical, environmental, teaching or research laboratory and maintain laboratory area and equipment. Lastly, to provide functional supervision to laboratory assistants and students as required. 


Duties to include but not limited to: 

  • Perform laboratory processing, storage and shipment of all biological samples collected in the ICTS CRU based upon protocols developed by University of Iowa (UI) clinical research investigators and their teams.
  • Coordinate applicable compliance standards and regulations for protocols, techniques, and patient data.Provide detailed job responsibilities
  • Read and understand research protocols that will require lab processing in the CRU.
  • Arrange and plan daily activities to prepare the ICTS CRU laboratory to ensure efficiency.  
  • Record and consolidate data in the laboratory
  • Inspects specimen, performs point of care testing and records the results.
  • Responsible for the operation, calibration, maintenance and troubleshooting laboratory instrumentation. Participates in evaluation of new laboratory equipment and makes recommendations for product acquisition.
  • Maintain logs and records for equipment and service.
  • Delegate appropriately to students and laboratory assistants.
  • Function as a team player and demonstrate flexibility on a day to day basis.
  • Educate other hospital staff regarding clinical research and methods employed in research studies as appropriate. 

ICTS Description: The Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS) at the University of Iowa was approved by the Iowa Board of Regents in 2007 to support the work of investigators involved in clinical and translational science. Our mission is to accelerate translational science through programs to develop the translational workforce, to promote engagement of community members and other stakeholders, to promote research integration across the lifespan, and to catalyze innovative clinical and translational research. These efforts will lead to the development of novel therapies and healthcare delivery strategies, the integration of translational research and clinical practice, and, ultimately to measurable improvements in the health of Iowa and the nation.

Percent of Time: 100%
Pay Grade: 3A
Benefits Highlights:
  • Regular salaried position located in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Fringe benefit package including paid vacation; sick leave; health, dental, life and disability insurance options; and generous employer contributions into retirement plans

Required Qualifications
Desirable Qualifications
  • Experience with clinical research is desirable.
  • Knowledge of regulatory guidelines and procedures is desirable.
  • Ability to work independently is desirable.
  • Experience in processing research specimen is desirable.
  • Certification as Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) or specialist certification from the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). 

Application Process: In order to be considered, applicants must upload resume and cover letter (under submission relevant materials) that clearly address how they meet the listed required and desired qualifications of this position.


Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on January 28, 2020.

Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check. Please note regarding references: Five professional references will be requested and required at a later step in the recruitment process.

This position is not eligible for University sponsorship for employment authorization.

Equal opportunity/affirmative action employer

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance or accommodations with the application or interview process may contact University Human Resources/Faculty and Staff Disability Services, (319) 335-2660 or fsds@uiowa.edu.  For jobs in UI Health care, please contact UI Health care Leave & Disability Administration at 319-356-7543.

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