Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
The primary responsibilities of this position involve overseeing rat experiments, performing PCR, immunohistology, and Western blot analysis assays, management of possible future rat colonies, as well as collecting and organizing tissue samples and maintaining lab stock and equipment. The successful candidate will be joining a recently established research lab studying retinopathy of prematurity (75%) and jaundice (25%), both common neonatal problems. As the 2nd hire in the lab, the successful candidate will have the unique opportunity to help set up the lab, build the lab culture, receive significant mentoring from the principal investigators, and help to interview, recruit, and train future employees. The new hire will work closely with both PIs- 75% Ingolfsland, 25% Satrom, with techniques and experiments having significant overlap of technical skills.
50% - Providing support on specific scientific projects. These tasks may include animal experimentation with collection and organization of tissues, involvement in training of laboratory techniques/procedures, development and management of scientific database and protocols, coordinating imaging, physiology, and behavioral studies with collaborators and core labs as well as using various techniques including PCR, immunohistochemistry, Western blot, ELISA, and others. The candidate may present work to the other members of the lab or department. It is ultimately expected that the candidate will generate important scientific results that will lead to publications in scientific journals.
30% - Overseeing rat experiments, maintenance of rat colony. Organize, breed, obtain serial weights and health surveillance, provision of specialty diets, and inventory of the future rat colony. Work with lab members to maintain optimal colony size, work with veterinary staff, and learn new protocols as necessary.
20% - General laboratory support. Serve in a support role for the lab by preparing common reagents. Update inventories of supplies, order common chemicals and reagents for the laboratory, and help to keep equipment in working order including cleaning lab and autoclaved/sterilized reagents and equipment.
***All required qualifications must be documented on application materials***
Required Qualifications • B.A or B.S degree in biology, chemistry, neuroscience or a combination of related education and experience to total 4 years • Previous experience with handling rats or mice in conventional and specific pathogen free (SPF) conditions and sample collection. • Laboratory experience with proficient skills in laboratory techniques and scientific methods • Experience with word processing and spreadsheet management • Good oral and written communication skills
Preferred Qualifications • 2 years of laboratory experience • Experience with animal experiments including tissue/serum collection, qPCR, western blot, ELISA, immunohistochemistry, behavioral studies • Highly experienced in computer troubleshooting and maintenance • Knowledgeable in Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, ImageJ, and quickly able to learn new programs if needed • Demonstrated attention to detail and exceptional organization abilities • Able to communicate technical aspects of the project effectively, as well as train personnel in complicated techniques • Experience with delegating responsibility, supervising, and quality checking the work of student workers • Ability to work in a collaborative environment and also work independently • Preference will be given to candidates with strong scientific and personal integrity, strong work ethic, ability to learn new techniques, flexibility to change scientific or technical course, and enthusiasm for learning
Internal Number: 335571
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