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Research Assistant

Posting ID 110979
Department Psychiatry/Carver College of Medicine
Jobcode Research Assistant
Working Title Research Assistant

This position is hourly fulltime- 40 hours per week for up to but no longer than 1 year.

Basic Function and Responsibilities

This position arises as part of ongoing efforts between laboratories to neural injury in rodents.

The research assistant will be responsible for performing molecular , behavioral and physiological assays from model organisms. Techniques that will be employed include:

  • gene expression assays
  • genotyping / animal husbandry
  • specific experience in maintaining specialized animal colonies of rodent genetic models of injury and disease
  • tissue culture and DNA extraction
  • sample management
  • Behavioral assays
  • Physiological assays

In addition, the research assistant will be responsible for maintaining the lab. Responsibilities in this area will include:

  • purchasing items for the lab, such as equipment, reagents, and supplies
  • ensuring proper maintenance of lab equipment
  • maintaining animal colonies
  • maintaining detailed and accurate lab protocols and records
  • maintaining detailed and accurate notes of experimental results
  • instructing students and other less experienced laboratory personnel in laboratory procedures and techniques

Education Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences or equivalent combination of education and progressively responsible experience in the conduct of behavioral sciences research.

Experience Required:

  • Requires a high degree of attention to detail and a high level of organizational skills.
  • Requires familiarity with molecular biology approaches through academic coursework and through molecular biology lab experience.

  • Requires excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Requires experience working with electronic databases and spreadsheets

  • Requires experience with routine lab maintenance tasks, such as maintaining lab equipment

Experience Desired:

  • Experience with molecular genetics lab techniques, including each of the following:

    • PCR

    • DNA extraction and preparation

    • Array hybridization

    • Tissue culture

    • In vivo surgical stereotactic technique

  • Experience working with large sample sizes.

  • Experience training lab personnel and/or students.

Application Instructions Email resume and availability to
Ad Start Date 11/29/2017
Ad End Date 12/31/2017