Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
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 with the technical aspects of studies and experiments that focus on Alzheimer’s disease pathogenesis and circadian system function.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Assists with circadian and memory experiments, which involve mouse behavior monitoring and analysis, as well as, small animal procedures that require compliance with established protocols and procedures.
Assists with research studies, experiments and assays, including collection of data, preparation of solutions and set-up and maintenance of equipment.
Assists with the management of a mouse colony, including mouse handling, setting up breeding cages, weaning, and genotyping by PCR. Keeps detailed, organized, and updated records of the colony.
Performs neuroanatomy experiments which involve the procurement of tissue, sectioning, immunohistochemical staining, and the analysis of histological samples.
Assures compliance with established safety procedures and maintains required documentation on laboratory protocols, daily tasks, and databases.
Ensures lab conditions and equipment are properly cleaned, organized, and maintained in accordance with established procedures.
Comes in occasionally (at maximum two to three times a month, for four to five hours) during the evening or on weekends to assist with specific time of day circadian experiments. We will schedule this together at least a week in advance.
Bachelor’s degree and up to one year of experience in a laboratory setting or an equivalent combination of education and experience equaling four years.
Background in biological sciences and prior laboratory experience and/or coursework.
Experience handing/working with mice.
Experience with some of the following techniques: PCR, immunohistochemistry, small animal procedures, dissection, and sectioning.
Careful attention to detail, excellent organizational and communication skills.
Working knowledge of basic biology laboratory techniques (e.g. pipetting), computer software and general lab equipment.
Ability to work cohesively in a group setting.
Demonstrated ability to work independently and communicate with laboratory staff and investigators.
Ability to maintain complete and organized records/reports.
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.
The hiring range for this position is $14.07 - $18.99 per hour.
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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