Gnotobiotics Research Animal Facility (GRAF) Research Assistant
Hyde Park Campus
20107 BSD Animal Resources Center
About the Unit
The mission of the Animal Resources Center is to assist investigators in performing their animal research while ensuring appropriate and humane care of all laboratory animals. To assist researchers interested in conducting studies utilizing gnotobiotic and germ free mice at our institution, we developed a centrally managed Gnotobiotic Research Animal Facility (GRAF). The Gnotobiotics Research Animal Facility (GRAF) is part of the University 's animal care and use program. In recent years there has been a new wave of research interest exploring the role that the host microbiome may play in multiple areas of health and disease. Utilizing the powerful combination of genetically engineered mice maintained germ free or with defined flora, researchers have an enhanced ability to dissect the multifactorial influences contributing to disease pathways. Although a number of academic institutions have principal investigators managing and maintaining mouse colonies in gnotobiotic and germ free isolators, few operate facilities that are entirely managed and operated by the centralized animal resource program such as GRAF.
Under the supervision of the Director of the Gnotobiotics Research Animal Facility (GRAF) this position will independently implement request and transactions for the (GRAF) department. The Research Assistant will work on multiple research projects and provide other support associated with GRAF research.
- Assist members of the GRAF in preparing equipment for experiments while performing basic techniques such as microbiology testing and other prescribed laboratory procedures
- Provide routine laboratory duties and support research projects under direct supervision
- Perform health checks and rotates with weekend coverage of the facility
- Assist with building, sterilizing and recycling equipment and materials
- Ability to demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills required
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Capacity to exhibit organizational skills required
- Ability to work in a collaborative team environment
- Bachelor's degree in a field relevant to the research being conducted from a four-year college or university
- Experience working in an academic environment or biomedical research field preferred
- Experience working in a germ free (axenic) or gnotobiotic practices preferred
- Advanced skills with Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Access, ect.)
Technical Knowledge or Skills:
- Knowledge of regulatory compliance and document control process preferred
- Capacity to handle multiple tasks and competing demands under tight timeframes
- Ability to work under pressure, manage competing deadlines and priorities in a fast-paced environment
- Ability to summarize detailed issues in a concise and structured manner
- Ability to understand and carry out instructions and solve problems in complex situations
- Ability to interact with all levels of staff in a professional manner while respecting confidentiality
- Excellent customer/staff interpersonal skills
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- Reference Contact Information
Depends on Qualification
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Drug Test Required?
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Health Screen Required?
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