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Research Assistant, Biology and Biomedical Systems, UMKC School of Science and Engineering 32766

University of Missouri - Kansas City
Job Location:
Laboratory and Research
Hiring Department

Division of Biology and Biomedical Systems - Yu Laboratory, University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Science and Engineering

Job Description

The Yu lab focuses on developing advanced biomaterials for drug delivery and bone, cartilage, vascular, and nerve tissue regeneration. The lab is seeking a Research Assistant to help carry out experiments related to these scientific goals. The main duties of this position include, but are not limited to assisting with polymer synthesis and purification, scaffold fabrication, material characterization, cell culture, and animal studies. Additional responsibilities will include:
  • Training new lab members
  • Overseeing lab safety
  • Assisting with supply and equipment ordering.
Requirements for the position include the ability to work well with others, follow written instructions, ask questions, pay attention to detail, maintain a professional attitude, and demonstrate punctuality and reliability.


Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree*

* Finalists will be asked to provide their Bachelor's degree transcripts which reflect the required degree for determination of position title

Preferred Qualifications

*        Candidates will be evaluated on Bachelor's degree in a field related to Biomaterials, such as Biomedical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or Biology

Candidates should have wet laboratory experience, preferably with biomaterials for drug delivery and tissue engineering

Great organizational and computers skills, including the ability to use Excel, Word, PowerPoint and email

Application Materials

Application Deadline

Review of applications begins upon receipt, the position remains open until a qualified candidate is hired

Application Instructions

Applications must be submitted through the UMKC recruitment portal at: - VIEW JOBS.

To be considered, you must complete the application which contains two (2) sections: 1. Name and Contact Information 2. Combine all application materials (a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a list of at least three references) into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as a resume attachment. Limit document name to 50 characters.  Maximum size limit is 11MB.  Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.).

If you need technical assistance, please email

Finalists will be asked to provide their transcripts which reflect the required degree for determination of position title. Appointment will be contingent upon verification of your degrees through official transcripts.

For questions about the position, please contact Dr. Le (Jasper) Yu @ Email:

Handling of Application Materials

After initial review by the committee all uploaded materials may be shared with all faculty in the prospective home department. For affiliations and joint appointments materials may be shared with all faculty in all departments involved.

Other Information

This position is full-time [100% FTE], benefit-eligible, unranked academic appointment. 

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

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. As part of your total compensation, the University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts for all four UM System campuses. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

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.

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