The Laboratory Assistant will work under the close supervision of the PI at the Lewis Katz’s School of Medicine’s Shriners Pediatric Research Center. The Laboratory Assistant will be studying the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying axon regeneration failure and neuronal damage and aim to develop the effective therapeutic strategies for repairing CNS injuries and disorders, including spinal cord trauma, optic nerve injury and multiple sclerosis.
The primary responsibilities for this position include: in vitro studies (cell cultures, basic molecular biology, and biochemical experiments), in vivo animal experiments (transgenic mouse genotyping, partial surgical procedures in rodents, postsurgical animal care and treatment, behavioral tests, and histology), collecting and organizing lab research data, and maintaining laboratory equipment and research supplies. Performs other duties assigned.
Required Education and Experience:
At least one year of related laboratory experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
Required Skills and Abilities:
*Demonstrated ability to manage mouse/rodent breeding colonies and perform mouse/rodent handling functions.
*Demonstrated computer skills, and proficiency with spreadsheet and database software programs.
*Demonstrated knowledge of PCR and basic molecular biology method(s).
*Demonstrated ability to work with mice in a research setting.
*Demonstrated organizational skills with the ability to handle multiple tasks.
*Demonstrated ability to complete experiments in a timely-manner.
*Demonstrated ability to operate standard laboratory equipment.
*Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills.
*Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
*Bachelor’s degree in Science.
This is a grant funded position
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Primary Location: Pennsylvania-Philadelphia-Health Sciences Campus (HSC)-Medical Education and Research Building
Shift: Day Job
Employee Status: Regular