RESEARCH SPECIALIST A/B

Duties: We are seeking a full time Research Specialist to join a dynamic team of basic scientists, clinicians and veterinarians working on the development and application of regenerative therapeutics for spinal disorders. Key duties relevant to this position include: 1) working with transgenic mouse models to study spinal development; 2) working with stem cells for regeneration of spinal tissues; 3) using microCT and histology to characterize spine disease progression and response to therapy; 4) coordinating large animal preclinical studies, including drug preparation and post mortem sample collection; 5) RNA work and biochemical assays; 6) lab management duties including ordering supplies, training, equipment maintenance and ensuring lab safety compliance.

The position requires experience in several of the following areas: performing standard molecular biology/biochemistry techniques, particularly RNA extractions and qPCR; maintaining transgenic mouse lines (including breeding and genotyping); performing small animal surgical procedures; conducting primary cell culture; performing microCT imaging; and undertaking paraffin histology and immunohistochemistry.

The successful applicant will exhibit strong organizational skills, meticulous attention to detail, and critical troubleshooting abilities. The Research Specialist will be working in a dynamic research environment and must be flexible, able to learn new methods quickly, and have excellent verbal and written communication skills. Must be willing to work collaboratively with others in the lab as well as the department.

In addition to the above, the Research Specialist B will work independently with minimal supervision; he/ she will design and troubleshoot experiments, and assist with the preparation and presentation of oral and written research reports. The Research Specialist B will demonstrate an understanding of his/her role in the work environment as well as of how his/her experiments relate to the organization and scientific field as a whole.

Position is contingent on continued funding.

Qualifications: Research Specialist A:
Bachelor's degree in biology, biochemistry, biomedical engineering, biotechnology or a related discipline is required, and 0-1 year of experience.

Research Specialist B:
Bachelor's degree in biology, biochemistry, biomedical engineering, biotechnology or a related discipline is required, and 1-2 years of experience.

Both positions: Experience with transgenic mouse models, including breeding and genotyping; experience with standard experimental techniques in primary cell culture and molecular biology, particularly RNA and qPCR; experience with histology and imaging techniques such as microscopy and microCT. Competence with PC computers and familiarity with statistical software would be advantageous. It is important that the candidate possesses an eagerness to learn new scientific ideas and methods, is able to conduct a literature review to assist in determining suitable methodology, can work well as part of a team, and is able to precisely follow instructions. Successful candidates must be detail oriented, self-motivated, and have excellent organization and communication (written and oral) skills. He/She must also possess the ability to take initiative, prioritize tasks, use good judgment, and monitor completion of assigned tasks.

Reference Number: 40-26368

Salary Grade: 024/025

Employment Type: Exempt

Org: OS-Orthopaedic Surgery Research

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Job Family: I-Technical/Professional Research