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Research Assistant or Senior Research Assistant, Surgical Innovation Lab, UMKC School of Medicine, 80189

University of Missouri - Kansas City
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Laboratory and Research
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University of Missouri-Kansas City

School of Medicine

Surgical Innovation Lab (Surgilab)

Our research lab is called the Surgical Innovation Lab, or "Surgilab," and focuses on Surgical Safety and Surgical Education. We are especially interested in how surgeons and other members of the surgical team communicate with each other, and how this impacts surgical safety. We often videotape surgical team members interacting in the operating room and then interview them watching their videos. These interactions can have a big impact on the patient's outcome. We also investigate the biomechanics of performing surgery and how that relates to surgical error. We have many other projects, too.

Job Description

The Surgical Innovation Lab seeks outstanding candidates for a Research Assistant or Senior Research Assistant position at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine (SOM). We are looking for an energetic, task-oriented, creative, scientifically-minded individual to support our research mission.

We have multiple collaborators in UMKC's School of Medicine, in UMKC's other schools, and in national medical schools. We are looking for an individual who enjoys interacting with multiple people in different locations. Because we have so many projects, we are looking for someone who is task-oriented, can juggle multiple projects at once, and is an excellent communicator, both in-person and by email. Strong organization skills and a love for being challenged will help them to work on multiple tasks simultaneously.

An individual with significant experience working in a research environment, especially writing and submitting IRB proposals and organizing a lab is a plus. Digital and Technologic skills are preferred over wet lab experience, as the job entails organizing and maintaining large media files and data sets while working with Adobe Premier software and video editing . 

Research Assistant Responsibilities

*          Communicating with a diverse group of collaborators

*          Contributing to the creative environment of the lab

*          Pursue literature and writing scientific reviews

*          Conduct interviews with surgeons and students

*          Observing surgeries, conducting video and audio recordings, and conducting interviews

*          Journaling field notes in the operating room

*          Managing, organizing, and cataloguing electronic data, including video and audio data

*          Preparation and participation in research meetings and taking notes as needed

*          Transcribe and code the interview with research subjects

*          Training students on research duties in the lab and in the OR

*          Maintaining and organizing statistical databases including basic statistical calculations using Excel and similar databases

*          Organize and submit IRB submission protocols

*          Assist with writing and submitting IRB and grant applications

*          Assisting with writing and editing manuscripts and if you are excited enough to help with manuscript writing, then your contribution will lead to authorshi

  •          Additional duties as assigned

In addition to the duties above, the Senior Research Assistant is responsible for the following
  •          Supervising and training students on research duties in the lab and in the OR

Minimum Qualifications

Research Assistant must have a Bachelor's degree and 1-2 years of laboratory experience

Senior Research Assistant must have a

Master's degree and 1-2 years of laboratory experience

Application Instructions

For consideration, please apply online at . You must combine all application materials (personal letter of interest with accompanying curriculum vitae and a list of references) into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as your resume attachment.  Limit document name to 50 characters.

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For questions about the position, please contact including the Job Identification number 49476 and name of the position.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person's success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement.  This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.
In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research and engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy applies to all employment decisions including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations. For more information, visit or call Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Office of Equity & Title IX at 816-235-6910.

Benefit Eligibility


We offer full benefits that start day one, generous paid time off, paid winter break, and continuing education benefits. Visit our Total Rewards page to learn more. 

Also, explore the Total Rewards website to learn more about the rewards package we offer to acknowledge our employees as the university's most important resource.

As a UMKC employee you have the opportunity to expand on your education using the remarkable tuition discount for employees.

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