Research Technologist I

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Position Summary

Primary responsibilities include managing and maintaining a large colony of zebrafish and medaka (up to about 650 tanks and 10,000 fish total) including feeding and keeping tanks and the fish rooms clean and in good working order; fish health assessment and quarantine procedures; water quality management; fish system and fish database management; ordering of supplies and materials for the fish facility; training undergraduate assistants and other lab members in fish husbandry; interaction with MSU’s Animal Care and Environmental Health offices; organization of fish import and export from and to international stock centers and other institutions; setup of genetic crosses and providing support for ongoing experiments by tissue sampling, genotyping, immunohistochemistry and imaging.  

Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills

Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in the specific field of research employment or other related field; up to six months of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in basic research techniques in the specific or related field; word processing, spreadsheet; database and/or desktop publishing software; presentation software; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The job may require the appropriate pesticide applicator's registration/ certification and/or experience working with potentially dangerous research animals.

Desired Qualifications

Experience handling fish, feeding and food preparation, husbandry related to fish breeding, fish health control, and water quality management; must be absolutely dependable, with excellent organization and communication skills; long-term experience with fish husbandry or aquaculture; knowledge of zebrafish/medaka biology, development, and genetics; ability to take charge and oversee animal husbandry, stock management, and quarantine operations; experience with large-scale, centralized fish husbandry systems; a general familiarity with laboratory safety and campus animal care policy and procedures, experience in training and supervising assistants in fish care and colony maintenance; experience with use of various desktop computer software including database management (Microsoft Office, Dropbox, FileMaker Pro etc.); experience with molecular methods (e.g. DNA extraction, PCR, gel electrophoresis), immunohistochemistry, imaging, and microinjections; be willing and able to perform duties on some weekends and holidays on a rotating basis.

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Description of End Date

This is a limited term position funded for one year from date of hire with possible extension contingent upon funding renewal.

Bidding eligibility ends on 7/17/18 at 11:55 PM.




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Posted: 7/11/2018
Application Due: 7/24/2018
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