Research Analyst
Indiana University

Indianapolis, Indiana



Department Information

The mission of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Indiana University School of Medicine is to advance the health care of women in the State of Indiana and further impact the quality of women's health care both nationally and abroad. With a steady commitment to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, fellow and resident population to better serve the community, the department is educating the next generation of OB-GYN physicians and improving women's health in Indiana.

The department has a long history of outstanding education, clinical care, quality improvement, and basic, clinical and translational research. The IU School of Medicine OB-GYN teaching faculty and appointed clinical faculty at all 9 campuses throughout Indiana are eager to teach and have medical students as part of their teams.

Looking for a highly-motivated Research Analyst to perform state-of-the-art translational research on women's health in the laboratory of Dr. Brenda Smith's laboratory in the Indiana Center for Musculoskeletal Health at the Indiana University School of Medicine. The goal of the Smith Lab is to investigate the role of nutrition on immune and skeletal health in the context of aging by conducting studies using cell culture systems, animal models and human subjects.

Job Summary

Dr. Smith's laboratory is focused on studying how nutrition-induced changes in the immune system affect women's health. This position performs intricate laboratory experiments and analyses.

Department-Specific Responsibilities

  • Prepares reports, oversees compliance, and provides guidance and support to junior-level staff and trainees.
  • Coordinates laboratory activities including ordering, purchasing, lab organization, equipment, and inventory maintenance, preparation of reports and maintains all relevant documentation.
  • Conducts a wide range of complex laboratory experiments involving dietary bioactive components and immune function using cell culture models, mouse models, and human subjects.
  • Performs protein and RNA isolation, qRT-PCR, western blotting, ELISA, fluorescence-actived cell sorting and the corresponding data analysis.
  • Maintains mouse colonies, including keeping record of the mice, breeding, genotyping, performing injections and tissue collection.
  • Develops procedures and protocols in collaboration with the PI, including assisting with writing IACUC, IRB and IBC protocols. Oversees enforcement of IACUC, IRB and IBC protocol guidelines.
  • Maintains a lab protocol and lab inventory database. Assists in the development of new protocols. Responsible for organizing the lab to ensure efficient and safe workflow.
  • Participates in group meetings and works in a team laboratory environment. Serves as a resource to other laboratory personnel and consults with lab personnel on the literature to identify suitable procedures and methods.
  • Oversees data management and study documentation.
General Responsibilities
  • Performs complex and intricate laboratory experiments while following research techniques and procedures.
  • Develops procedures and protocols in collaboration with leadership.
  • Prepares research reports or analyses for projects.
  • Maintains safety records and ensures safety/compliance procedures and protocols are followed.
  • Provides guidance and support to junior-level staff in laboratory operations.
  • May develop, prepare, and coordinate grant applications and grant-related activities to obtain funding for research projects and related work.



  • Bachelor's degree in related field
  • Master's degree in related field

  • 3 years related work experience
  • 3 years related laboratory experience
Combinations of related education and experience may be considered


  • Proficient communication skills
  • Maintains a high degree of professionalism
  • Demonstrated time management and priority setting skills
  • Demonstrates a high commitment to quality
  • Possesses flexibility to work in a fast paced, dynamic environment
  • Seeks to acquire knowledge in area of specialty
  • Highly thorough and dependable
  • Demonstrates a high level of accuracy, even under pressure
  • Ability to work well in a team environment
  • Proficient in basic cellular and molecular techniques

Working Conditions / Demands

The role regularly requires the ability to effectively communicate. The role frequently requires the ability to move about the work environment and to position oneself to operate laboratory equipment effectively. The role requires the ability to move objects weighing up to 25 pounds and will occasionally work near moving mechanical parts. The person in this role must be able to perform the essential functions with or without an accommodation.

Work Location

IU School of Medicine
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
550 University Boulevard
University Hospital 2440
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

Advertised Salary

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and will fall within department equity. The maximum salary is $48,520.02.

Benefits Overview

For full-time staff employees, Indiana University offers a wide array of benefits including:
  • Multiple plan options for medical insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Health Savings Account with generous IU contribution
  • Life insurance, LTD, and AD&D options
  • Base retirement plan contribution from IU, subject to vesting
  • Additional supplemental retirement plan options
  • Tuition benefit for IU classes
  • 10 paid holidays per year
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Learn more about our benefits by reviewing our online Benefits Brochure.

Job Classification

Career Level: Career

FLSA: Exempt

Job Function: Research

Job Family: Research Analysis

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Posting Disclaimer

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be differences in the working conditions as advertised in our standard job postings (e.g., the ability to travel from one campus to another, etc.). If you are invited for an interview, please discuss your questions or concerns regarding the working conditions at that time.

This posting is scheduled to close at 11:59 pm EST on the advertised Close Date. This posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University, but will remain open for a minimum of 5 business days. To guarantee full consideration, please submit your application within 5 business days of the Posted Date.

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New employees will be provided with information regarding Indiana University's COVID-19 vaccine policy, which includes the opportunity to request an exemption. To learn more, view our COVID-19 vaccine information page.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment based on individual qualifications. Indiana University prohibits discrimination based on age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status. Indiana University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admission, as required by Title IX. Questions or complaints regarding Title IX may be referred to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights or the university Title IX Coordinator. See Indiana University's Notice of Non-Discrimination here which includes contact information.

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