The Department of Surgery has an opportunity for a Research Specialist I within the Research Division. The individual in this position will assist in the following activities and perform the following laboratory support functions: *Manage multiple experiments and projects simultaneously involving animal studies of autoimmunity and chronic infection including the development and maintenance of new transgenic mouse models, survival and non-survival surgeries, and monitoring of disease progression *Purify high quality host and microbial DNA and RNA for metagonemic analyses. *Isolate and purify viable lymphocytes from multiple mouse tissues including lymphoid organs, CNS, and gut. *Flow cytometry using FACSCalibur, Cyan ADP, Fortessa X-20, and MoFlo XDP *Fluorescent/confocal microscopy, western immunoblotting, and real-time PCR *Chromatin immunoprecipitation, DNA and RNA sequencing, and immunohistochemistry *Write manuscripts (all or in part) and contributing to grant applications *Develop, validate and write new protocols; assist in laboratory management, including stocking; equipment maintenance; record keeping; database organization; inventory monitoring; meeting with technical representatives; and storage/archiving of nucleic acids, microbial, and tissue culture samples.
Salary Range: $15.29 to $24.52/hour
University Title: Research Specialist I
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Hours may vary along with days working
A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience and at least 1 year of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.
A degree in a Life Science-related field is preferred or an equivalent combination of education and directly-related worked experience at the level usually acquired through extensive, specialized instruction. Experience in conducting independent research in immunology or related field, knowledge about research philosophies, principles and techniques, analytical abilities, verbal and written communication skills, practical knowledge about the applications of scientific principles and research abilities. Ability to assess the needs of the research and plan functions accordingly, spot mistakes in research reports and correct them, and work well in a group as well as carry out individual assignments. Excellent computer and internet application skills. Experience with the following: - Metagenomics - Flow cytometry using FACSCalibur, Cyan ADP, Fortessa X-20, and MoFlo XDP - Microscopy techniques including epifluorescence and confocal microscopy and RT-PCR - Western immunoblotting, Chromatin immunoprecipation, and DNA/RNA sequencing. - Animal care, survival surgery, and colony maintenance. - Ex vivo animal cell culture - Writing scientific literature based upon lab results and contributing to grant proposals - Attending scientific conferences including presenting findings based upon lab results - Coursework in cell and molecular biology, microbiology, and immunology - Ability to work independently and with a team, keep clear, accurate and timely records
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