Research Specialist 2

May 24, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: This position supports Dr. Lev Becker's research laboratory.

Unit Job Summary: Research Specialist 2: Principal contribution is the application of principles and knowledge relevant to the administration and support of the research project. Under limited direction, performs complex lab and/or research-related duties and tasks. Helps develop, design and conduct research projects according to plan, including planning new procedures, adapting existing procedures to the needs of the project, and making contributions to methodology. Collects, records and analyzes data. Conducts literature reviews. Participates in writing reports and manuscripts. Oversees the management of equipment and supplies. Ensures compliance with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives, and mandates. Trains and oversees the work of research support personnel. Responsibilities may include the following non-laboratory duties: transcribing and coding data; developing data collection instruments; presenting research findings at staff meetings, seminars, and scientific conferences; assisting with building databases; and recruiting and scheduling research subjects. Responsibilities may include the following laboratory duties: recognizing abnormal results and varying conditions or procedures to correct problems; setting up and performing experiments. May serve as a lead research specialist in smaller labs.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree in a field relevant to the research being conducted required. Advanced degree in a field relevant to the research being conducted preferred.

Unit Experience: A minimum of two years of relevant research experience in performing laboratory and animal research required. Animal experience should include animal husbandry, breeding, genotyping, IP & IV injections, dissections, and tissue collection. Experience with mouse models of obesity/diabetes, atherosclerosis, and/or cancer is preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Ability to train others required. Knowledge in relevant scientific field required. Knowledge of research techniques or methods required. Knowledge of regulatory policies and procedures required. Analytical skills required. Problem-solving skills required. Attention to detail required. Organizational skills required. Verbal and written communication skills required. Ability to work independently and as part of a team required. Knowledge of Microsoft Office required.

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