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Part-time Research Assistant - Surgery


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The Penn State College of Medicine, Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery, in Hershey, PA, is seeking a part-time Research Assistant. A successful candidate will have a demonstrated interest in laboratory research or clinical research and assigned a mentor with related interest and expertise. They will be responsible for performing the job duties listed: assisting in laboratory procedures in order to gain hands on experience in wet bench laboratory research; coordinate abstraction of patient data from charts in compliance with protocols while ensuring data consistency; and collecting, entering, and analyzing data. They will also enroll participants into clinical studies, retrieve tissues samples, and process the samples in the laboratory.

This position is a part-time position working 24 hours a week or less for one year with the possibility of reappointment. Specific work hours are determined by the Division but will comply with the selected candidate’s schedule. Recent college graduates/medical students are encouraged to apply. Ideally the candidate would have a long-term interest in pursuing a medical (MD/DO) or biomedical career (MS, PhD).

Experience/Education Guidelines:

Bachelor’s Degree

1+ year related experience

Or an equivalent combination of education and experience

The following clearances must be successfully completed for this position: 

+ Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Background Check 

+ Pennsylvania Child Abuse History

+ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Criminal Background Check  

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