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Research Assistant (Full-Time w/Benefits)

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Work type: Staff Temporary/Occasional
Location: Indianapolis
Categories: Academic & Student Services

Research Assistant (Full-time w/benefits)

Position Overview

Butler University is currently accepting applications for a full-time grant funded Research Assistant in the laboratory of Dr. Jennifer Kowalski in the Department of Biological Sciences. This position is currently funded through July 31, 2025. The Kowalski lab uses a combination of genetics, behavior, molecular biology, biochemistry, fluorescence microscopy to study neuromuscular function and signaling regulation in the roundworm, Caenorhabditis elegans.


  • Perform general lab maintenance, including solution and media preparation
  • Cultivate and maintain C. elegans strains
  • Plan and execute experiments using genetics, molecular biology (PCR, restriction digest, gel electrophoresis, RNA extraction, qRT-PCR, CRISPR-based editing, DNA microinjections), basic biochemistry (immunoprecipitations, Western blotting), behavioral experiments, fluorescence microscopy, and quantitative image analysis
  • Assist with the training and management of undergraduate researchers in the lab
  • Help develop and maintain databases of worm, bacterial, and plasmid stocks

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology or related field required (or relevant work experience)
  • Experience with Microsoft Excel
  • At least (2) years of previous research experience
  • Experience working with C. elegans, molecular biology, biochemistry and/or fluorescence microscopy

This is a grant-funded position that can start as early as August 2024.

Applicants must submit:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume/CV

Only completed applications will be considered.

About Butler

Butler University is a private, nationally recognized comprehensive university encompassing seven colleges: Arts, Business, Communication, Education, Liberal Arts & Sciences, Pharmacy & Health Sciences and Founder's College. Approximately 4,500 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate and doctoral students are enrolled at Butler, representing 46 states and 24 countries.

Join us at the crossroads of tradition & transformation. A career at Butler University means so much more than a job. Join the dedicated, innovative, and supportive community of faculty and staff that is moving Butler Beyond.

Butler University is an equal-opportunity employer.  We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive and equitable environment for all employees.  We welcome applications from all individuals, regardless of age, gender, gender identity, sex, race, religion, color, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, national origin, or any other legally protected category.

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