Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
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This position is full-time and works approximately 40 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Department of Neurology. This position is for the Medical School Campus.
This position assists in developing and conducting research projects in the field of axon degeneration, which includes experimental design, data analysis and documentation of experimental results. Dr. Geisler’s laboratory research focuses on elucidating and understanding molecular mechanisms of axonal degeneration and regeneration in peripheral neuropathies. The translational goal is to find treatments to prevent axonal degeneration and facilitate regeneration.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Following instructions and discussions with the principal investigator, designs research protocols, including developing procedures for the collection, verification and management of data.
Performs in vivo studies with mice and rats, in vitro tissue culture experiments, and molecular biology experiments.
Assists with grant preparation and reporting.
Performs statistical analysis of data collected and writes interpretative reports. Verifies the correctness of the data submitted and makes recommendations based on these analyses.
Documents research topics, prepares and submits papers based on research work to publications and committees for publication or presentation to peers.
Solves practical problems relating to difficulties with equipment or test subjects. Suggests technical or procedural improvements in testing methods.
Conducts literature searches related to research project.
Assures compliance with established safety procedures and maintains required documentation on laboratory and specimen conditions.
Assists with general lab maintenance and ordering.
Master’s degree with four years of experience in research lab operations or an equivalent combination of education and experience equaling nine years.
Applicant Special Instructions:
This position works in a laboratory environment with potential exposure to biological and chemical hazards. The individual must be physically able to wear protective equipment and to provide standard care to research animals.
Prior experience with handling mice and rats is highly desired.
Experience with primary neuron cultures and human-derived cell culture systems.
Strong knowledge and experience with mouse and rat experiments, including behavioral testing, tissue processing/analysis, and work with viral vectors.
Analytical, reasoning and problem solving skills.
Demonstrated ability to work independently and communicate effectively with laboratory staff and investigators.
Strong initiative and troubleshooting abilities.
The hiring range for this position is $46,779 - $63,170 annually.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
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