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Research Assistant/Associate

Apply now Job no: 496803
Department: Chemical, Paper & Biomedical Engineering
Location: Oxford, OH
Work type: Salary Staff
Categories: Research, Scientific
Status: Full Time
Temporary: Yes

Job Title:

Research Assistant/Associate

Job Summary:

The Jones research group at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio is seeking a Research Assistant/Associate to assist in conducting industrial biotechnology research in the areas of metabolic engineering and synthetic biology and to play a key role on a project to enhance the production of bioactive small molecules from a variety of microbial hosts. A wide range of technologies will be used to develop enhanced strains and processes including, but not limited to, transcriptional and translational pathway optimization, media optimization, fed-batch bioreactor optimization, as well as conventional metabolic engineering assisted by the development of novel synthetic biology tools. The position is funded through a sponsored research agreement between Miami University and PsyBio Therapeutics, Inc. ( and will be a 1-year term with the mutual option for renewal contingent on performance and funding availability.


The candidate will be expected to perform empirical research in the areas of metabolic engineering and synthetic biology; present periodic summaries of experiments performed and data collected to the principal investigator and fellow laboratory members; draft manuscripts based on data collected for submission to peer reviewed journals; and manage day-to-day lab activities, including supervision of undergraduate and graduate students, ordering laboratory supplies and equipment and general maintenance and upkeep of laboratory equipment.

Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s degree in biology, biochemistry, biophysics, biotechnology, bioengineering, chemical engineering, or related areas by date of appointment with 5+ years of relevant experience, which includes experience gained concurrently while pursing degree; experience in microbial fermentation and familiarity with a range of molecular cloning techniques. Applicant must have strong organizational capability and experience with data analysis and presentation.

Position is not eligible for H-1B sponsorship.

Desired Qualifications:

Consideration will be given to candidates with understanding of lab-scale bioreactor operation, metabolite analysis by HPLC and LCMS, chromosomal integration in bacteria, and yeast genetics.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Submit cover letter (including a brief description of research interests) and curriculum vitae. Inquires may be directed to Andrew Jones at

EO/AA Statement/Clery Act:
Miami University, an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, encourages applications from minorities, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Miami University prohibits harassment, discrimination and retaliation on the basis of age (40 years or older), color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, military status, national origin (ancestry), pregnancy, race, religion, sex/gender, status as a parent or foster parent, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, programs or employment practices. Requests for reasonable accommodations for disabilities related to employment should be directed to or 513-529-3560.
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Date to Begin Screening Applicants:

Screening of applications begins July 1, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.

Benefits Eligible:



A criminal background check is required. All campuses are smoke- and tobacco-free campuses.

For questions regarding reasonable accommodations for disabilities, or to follow-up with a request, please contact or (513) 529-3560.

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