Postgrad Research Associate, Dept of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

A 1-2 year postgraduate research associate position in translational and clinical research is available in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at Yale School of Medicine. The primary focus of this laboratory is to identify and collect biospecimens for inclusion in the Yale University Reproductive Sciences Biobank, which supports translational research projects throughout the University. In addition, the postgraduate research associate will assist with a longitudinal pregnancy study and be involved in defining best practices for biospecimen collection and storage in order to best support various big data technologies.
Training: The postgraduate research associate will have the opportunity to gain experience with a broad range of different clinical research skills (e.g. design and conduct of clinical trials, human subject consent, medical record abstraction, collection of biospecimens, and processing human tissue), as well as cell biology techniques (e.g. RNA and protein extraction and quantification). In addition, Human Subjects and HIPAA training will be provided. Thus, this position is ideal for recent graduates interested in learning how to design, conduct, and interpret scientific experiments, as well as individuals looking to gain clinical research experience prior to medical school.
Mentoring: The postgraduate research associate will receive direct, daily mentoring and training from Yale University Reproductive Sciences Biobank Manager Jane O’Bryan and weekly mentoring from Yale University Reproductive Sciences Biobank Co-Directors Dr. Shannon Whirledge and Dr. Pinar Kodaman. Mentorship will be provided for research design, data management, and patient interactions. Additional mentorship will be provided in a manner tailored to the individual’s long-term career goals. Intellectual and technical contributions by the postgraduate research associate will provide opportunities for this individual to present data at national research meetings and gain experience drafting manuscripts for peer-review.
Education: A Bachelor’s degree in a related field is required (e.g. premed or life sciences/biology). Prior experience working in a clinic or research lab is preferred, although training will be provided for all proposed research activities. Bilingual or Spanish speaking is a plus. To excel in this role, the applicant should be dedicated and reliable with excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to work independently, as well as in a team.
To apply, please email a brief cover letter in the body of the email and resume to Dr. Shannon Whirledge at shannon.whirledge@yale.edu. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Anticipated start July-August 2021.

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