Research Assistant - Harms Lab
Position Number: 00065411
Primary Function of Organization Unit: The Department of Clinical Sciences (DOCS) is dedicated to excellence in educating and training veterinarians and comparative biomedical scientists, furthering health care and wellness through discovery and clinical research, providing outstanding and compassionate medical care to a diverse range of animal patients, effectively engaging animal-owning public, government and industry partners, and providing leadership in integrating biomedical sciences to advance One Health.
Essential Job Duties: The primary purpose of this position is to independently support, develop, design and carry out multiple research projects, and provide clinical and teaching support to CVM faculty working at the Center for Marine Sciences and Technology, both in laboratory and field settings. The employee is to provide technical expertise, project planning, laboratory management, data collection and analysis, and supervision and training of undergraduate, veterinary and graduate students working on projects in the unit. The employee will provide continuity for ongoing research and clinical investigations for the entire CMAST CVM team. The position requires considerable knowledge of aquatic animal health and husbandry, veterinary- and research-specific knowledge, including the operation, maintenance and minor repair of complex research and clinical equipment. The incumbent is responsible for processing and analyzing blood and tissue samples appropriately for in-house evaluation, outside laboratory submission, and frozen archiving. The incumbent is competent with computer electronics and will lead the set up of equipment such as video microscopy for teaching exercises, downloading and exporting DICOM files from imaging equipment. The incumbent independently completes tasks safely with large volumes of cryogens (liquid nitrogen, liquid helium), identifies and implements appropriate laboratory safety protocols, analyzes and report risks, recommends and implements risk mitigation measures. Position is also responsible for performing water quality tests, point-of-care analyzer blood tests, urinalyses, and hematology and cytology staining, manages NMR spectroscopy/imaging facility, trouble-shoots system and collaborates with consulting NMR engineers and scientists to keep facility operational. The successful candidate independently researches specific needs for animal subjects and supplies for our diverse research projects and the incumbent will be proficient in specialized aquatic animal handling procedures. Incumbent will be proficient in varied medical records systems of our independent clients, tracking case progress and ensuring timely feedback from aquarists and volunteers and will provide material for CMAST web site and other public relations outlets. The incumbent contributes to publications, reports, and scientific presentations, and co-authors publications. The person in this role is responsible for independently conducting directed research and clinical data collection and analysis, which includes data recording, sample collection and labeling under adverse field conditions during marine animal stranding conditions; collecting and analyzing operational data on investigational NMR instrument development and testing. Position maintains accurate records and databases of all laboratory testing, validates quality of data entry, merges or subsets datasets as needed for different end users. The position tracks research and clinical sample submissions and organizes electronic and hard copy records for ease of retrieval; synthesizes clinical data from multiple collaborating organizations into a single easily-used documents (e.g., for tracking and assessing stranded sea turtle condition and release status; managing datasets across multiple collaborating laboratories both within NC State and externally. Position also is expected to participate in and initiate design, planning, and execution of research activities, including but not limited to aquatic animal physiology, pharmacology, and metabolomics studies; Maintains laboratory regulatory compliance, including IACUC protocols, radiation safety, lab safety, protected species permits (sea turtle and marine mammal samples), laboratory safety plans, and controlled drug logs. The incumbent will supervise new residents and visiting students and ensure that they complete required safety training; Manages cryogen acquisition, refills NMR, and fine-tunes a complex state-of-the-art cryogen recycler on a continuous ongoing basis. The position will manage and ensure work areas meet cleanliness and efficiency, maintains laboratory and clinical supply inventory, researches materials, supplies, drug and equipment orders, places orders, acts as liaison with accounting, and is responsible for vehicle maintenance. Employee acquires specimens for teaching laboratories in selectives classes and for visiting school groups, and sets up for the labs. Employee coordinates procedures, sample collection and sample distribution with multiple collaborators. Employee independently sets up tanks and maintains fish for aquatic research protocols. Employee prepares or orders medications for clients (e.g., NC Aquariums, Sea Turtle Hospital).
Minimum Education/Experience: Relevant Bachelor's degree and 3 years or more of experience working with aquatic animals.
Department Required Skills: * Knowledge of lab instrumentation and equipment necessary. * Ability to process lab samples accurately. * Familiarity with computer electronics to be used for teaching exercises. * Knowledge of and ability to adhere to all laboratory safety protocols. * Ability to contribute to development, design and execution of research activities. * Record keeping and data collection are required. Must be precise and accurate. * Strong organizational skills and ability to synthesize clinical data from various sources. * Experience managing lab regulatory compliance and safety protocols. * Ability to oversee lab and ensure cleanliness, sufficient supply stock and classes are set up appropriately.
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education: Relevant Master's degree or Relevant Bachelor's degree and 3 or more years of experience working with aquatic animals.
Necessary Licenses and Certifications: Current NC Driver's License or acquiring a NC Driver's License within 60 days of hire.
AA/EOE: NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.
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