Instructor, Instructional Track, Neurosurgery

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Instructor, Instructional Track, Neurosurgery

New Orleans, LA
Open Date:
Sep 7, 2018

The primary responsibility of the research instructor will be to facilitate ongoing research involving experiments with animal models, as well as, oversee day-to-day operations in the laboratory, including maintaining records, ordering supplies and supervising junior members of the laboratory.

The research instructor will be responsible for performing a surgery on mice to induce cerebral aneurysms. The surgery is performed in 3 stages. The first stage involves ligating the left carotid artery and implanting a telemetry blood pressure monitor for precise, serial blood pressure measurements. Baseline blood pressure is measured over the course of a week. The second stage involves removing one kidney. The third stage, performed one week after the second stage, involves implanting a deoxycorticosterone (DOCA) pellet followed by stereotactic injection of elastase into the cerebrospinal fluid space of the right basal cistern. The animal is placed in a stereotactic headframe. A hole is drilled in the skull and the needle is placed into the precise location of this tiny fluid space using stereotactic coordinates. The elastase is then infused into the space and the needle removed.

The research instructor will also be responsible for all animal-related experiments, writing IACUC protocols and ensure compliance, independently planning and conducting all in vitro experiments, performing all animal surgeries including the highly specialized brain aneurysm induction surgery and stereotactic brain surgery.

The research instructor is also on-call for any and all animal issues (weekends included) and trains other lab members on surgeries.


Master's Degree

Specialized training in animal surgery related to cerebral aneurysms and 2 years of related experience.

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Posted: 12/28/2018
Application Due: 5/10/2019
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