Research Assistant - Grant


Employment: Full Time

Job Description

Position Summary

Expertise in basic laboratory techniques, animal handling, tissue extraction and electrophysiology.
The Department of Physiology at the College of Medicine and Health Sciences of the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) is announcing the position of a Research Assistant in islet pathophysiology.

The research project focuses on pancreatic beta cell function and survival, both of which are compromised in patients with type 2 diabetes. Specifically, the research will investigate the role of voltage-gated calcium channels in beta cell survival and insulin secretion. The applicant must have previous experience in common methodologies in diabetes cell-culture techniques such as harvesting, isolating, and dispersing pancreatic islets from rats and mice, cell culture techniques (e.g. INS-1 832/13 cell line maintenance), transfection (e.g. siRNA and plasmid), DNA-/RNA-extraction, inverted fluorescence & confocal microscopy (live-cell imaging), immunocytochemistry (immunofluorescence), immunoblotting (Western Blot), immunoassay (ELISA), electrophysiology (e.g. patch-clamp), real-time PCR and thin-layer chromatography.


Minimum Qualification
- Relevant qualification and experience in research.

Preferred Qualification
- Knowledge and experience in diabetes research and manuscript writing.

Expected Skills/Rank/Experience
- Care for and handle laboratory animals such as rat and mice.
- Perform experiments, troubleshooting, and problem-solving tasks independently.
- Organize and maintain accurate records of experimental procedures and inventory.
- Perform basic mathematical and statistical computations, analyses, and interpretations.
- Communicate fluently in English orally and in writing.
- Work with SPSS/GraphPad Prism, Microsoft Office applications (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), emails, and research software.
- Work outside working hours and weekends if needed.


Founded in 1976 by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, UAEU is a comprehensive, research-intensive university enrolling about 14,000 Emirati and international students. As the UAE’s flagship university, UAEU offers a full range of accredited, high-quality graduate and undergraduate programs through nine Colleges: Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Food and Agriculture; Humanities and Social Sciences; IT; Law; Medicine and Health Sciences; and Science. With a distinguished international faculty, state-of-the art new campus, and full range of student support services, UAEU offers a living-learning environment that is unmatched in the UAE.

As a research-intensive university of international stature, UAEU works with its partners in industry to provide research solutions to challenges faced by the nation, the region, and the world. The University has established research centers of strategic importance to the country and the region which are advancing knowledge in critical areas ranging from water resources to cancer treatments. UAEU is currently ranked the number one research university in the GCC, number two in the Arab World, and #370 globally.

UAEU’s academic programs have been developed in partnership with employers, so our graduates are in high demand. UAEU alumni hold key positions in industry, commerce, and government throughout the region. Our continuing investments in facilities, services, and staff ensure that UAEU will continue to serve as a model of innovation and excellence.

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