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Research Associate I - MCS - Department of Biological Sciences, Armbruster Lab

Carnegie Mellon University
Job Location:
Pittsburgh, 15213
Laboratory and Research

The laboratory of Dr. Catherine Armbruster in the Department of Biological Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University is seeking candidates for a full-time Research Associate I. The Armbruster lab investigates ecology and evolution of opportunistic pathogens in the built environment and in human infections. The candidate will be responsible for providing technical and administrative support for the lab. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who thrives in an interesting and challenging work environment. Opportunities for independent projects are available depending on interest and experience.

Core responsibilities include:
  • Performing eukaryotic cell culture (including with cystic fibrosis airway epithelial cells and macrophages), bacterial genetics, strain propagation, and maintenance of bacterial strain and eukaryotic cell libraries.
  • Designing research experiments and research protocols.
  • Organizing and analyzing data, preparing presentations, and writing technical reports.
  • Compliance with chemical and laboratory safety regulations.
  • Assisting with training new personnel.
  • Ordering, and receiving reagents, supplies, and equipment.
  • Preparing stocks of laboratory reagents, including molecular biology buffers and growth media for bacterial and eukaryotic cells.

Flexibility, excellence, and passion are vital qualities within MCS. Inclusion, collaboration and cultural sensitivity are valued competencies at CMU. Therefore, we are in search of a team member who is able to effectively interact with a varied population of internal and external partners at a high level of integrity. We are looking for someone who shares our values and who will support the mission of the university through their work.

You should demonstrate:
  • Strong oral and communications skills.
  • Bachelor's degree in biology, biochemistry, biophysics, bioengineering, or related field is required.
  • 1-3 years' experience in cell culture, microscope, or quantitative image analysis.
  • Successful background check

Joining the CMU team opens the door to an array of exceptional benefits available to eligible employees.

Those employees who are benefits eligible have the opportunity to experience the full spectrum of advantages from comprehensive medical, prescription, dental, and vision insurance to an enticing retirement savings program offering a generous employer contribution. You can also unlock your potential with tuition benefits and take well-deserved breaks with ample paid time off and observed holidays. Finally, rest easy knowing you are covered by life and accidental death and disability insurance.

Other perks include a free Pittsburgh Regional Transit bus pass, our Family Concierge Team to help navigate childcare needs, fitness center access, and so much more!

For a comprehensive overview of the benefits that may be awaiting you, explore our Benefits page.

At Carnegie Mellon, we value the whole package when extending offers of employment. Beyond just credentials, we consider the role and responsibilities, your invaluable work experience, and the knowledge gained through education and training. We acknowledge and appreciate your unique skills and the diverse perspective you bring. Your journey with us is about more than just a job; it's about finding the perfect fit for your professional growth and personal aspirations.

Are you interested in an exciting opportunity with an exceptional organization?! Apply today!


Pittsburgh, PA

Job Function


Position Type

Staff - Regular

Full Time/Part time

Full time

Pay Basis


More Information:

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  • Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran.

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