Research Associate 2 / Imaging Assistant

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Job location: Miami, FL

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2020-08-26
Req: R100041254
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The University of Miami is among the top research universities and academic medical centers in the nation, and one of the largest private employers in South Florida.

With more than 16,000 faculty and staff, the University strives for excellence, and is driven by a powerful mission to transform and impact the lives of its students, patients, members of the community, and people across the globe.

The University is committed to fostering a culture of belonging, where everyone feels valued and has the opportunity to add value. Through values of Diversity, Integrity, Responsibility, Excellence, Compassion, Creativity, and Teamwork (DIRECCT) the U community works together to create an environment driven by purpose, excellence, community, and service.


The Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is currently seeking a Research Associate II who will join the Cancer Modeling Shared Resources. This Core Facility provides qualified, cost effective and state-of-the art services to foster cancer research advancements and accelerate the discovery of tailored anti-tumor therapies leading to patient benefit.

This person will be responsible for supporting a Core Facility to study and develop novel anti-cancer therapies in mice. Specifically, this individual will work with in vivo models of cancer and contribute to their analysis.
The following job description reflects the support that this position must provide. Specific responsibilities of the position include and are not limited to:


  • Produce complex laboratory assignments including the planning and conduction of experiments related to mouse model generation and characterization, devising treatment protocols and to the evaluation of response to treatment, including noninvasive imaging and pathological analysis.
  • Conduct experiments related to developing mouse models of human disease, ranging from genetically engineered mice to patient-derived xenografts
  • Work independently and be able to solve technical and scientific problems
  • Be responsible of the mouse handling, husbandry and rodent breeding, colony management and associated technical procedures such as tail clipping, animal identification, weaning, plug assessment, DNA extraction, genotyping, observing and recording physical signs of rodent health, collection of routine diagnostic samples and their analysis, including necropsy and tissue and organ harvest, as well as histochemical, hematological (CBC, flow cytometry), and clinical chemistry analysis.
  • Schedule and manage a variety of routine technical laboratory procedures in molecular biology, cell culture and animal-related techniques, like genotyping, prepare and administer compounds to mice (e.g. from intraperitoneal and intravenous injections to oral gavage), observing and recording physical signs of rodent health, collection of routine diagnostic samples, necropsy and tissue and organ harvest, as well as non-routine procedures such as rodent surgical procedures (e.g., tumor orthotopic transplantations), and non-invasive imaging of mice.
  • Keep computer records, maintain/update data in computer-based applications/databases (including specialized animal management database), record experimental data, prepare data for analysis, and contribute to the analysis.
  • Facilitate team workflows in collaboration with team members to ensure that tasks, priorities, and goals are completed and coordinated with management.
  • Develop, adapt and implement new lab procedures.
  • Assist with lab management duties, including but not limited to the purchase of lab supplies, keeping inventory organized, and routine equipment maintenance. Ensure laboratory and animal rooms are kept clean and organized.
  • May train or guide the work of students and other employees.
  • Adhere to University and unit-level policies and procedures; safeguard University assets; participate in University/outside educational training as required.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Core Director of the Shared Resources.


Qualified candidates must possess a Bachelor's degree in Animal science, Biology, Biological Sciences, Life Science and/or other related field, or equivalent experience. Any appropriate combination of relevant education, experience and/or certifications may be considered.

The successful candidate must have a minimum of two years of animal handling experience performing the routine as well as the specialized technical procedures mentioned above. Experience with some analytical techniques (molecular biology, hematology and clinical chemistry analyzer, histology, noninvasive imaging) is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes:

  • Mechanical ability and dexterity when performing the different lab and animal-related techniques.
  • Skill in completing assignments accurately and with attention to detail. Detail-oriented.
  • Ability to observe, assess, and record animal symptoms, reactions, and progress.
  • Ability to understand and follow specific instructions and procedures.
  • Excellent computer skills and proficiency with Microsoft Office and animal/record management databases is required.
  • Knowledge of the use and maintenance of laboratory facilities and/or equipment.
  • Knowledge of animal husbandry requirements, methods, and techniques.
  • Ability to establish dosages and administer drugs to animals.
  • Extensive knowledge of Standard Operating Procedures for animal facilities, understanding the basic requirements for maintaining (immunocompromised) laboratory animals
  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal regulations pertaining to animal husbandry.
  • Ability to establish and/or maintain laboratory/veterinary/animal husbandry records.
  • Knowledge of supplies, equipment, and/or services ordering and inventory control.
  • Knowledge of laboratory operations and/or procedures.

The University of Miami offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, tuition remission and more.

UHealth-University of Miami Health System, South Florida's only university-based health system, provides leading-edge patient care powered by the ground breaking research and medical education at the Miller School of Medicine. As an academic medical center, we are proud to serve South Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean. Our physicians represent more than 100 specialties and sub-specialties, and have more than one million patient encounters each year. Our tradition of excellence has earned worldwide recognition for outstanding teaching, research and patient care. We're the challenge you've been looking for.

Patient safety is a top priority. As a result, during the Influenza ("the flu") season (September through April), the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine requires all employees who provide ongoing services to patients, work in a location (all Hospitals and clinics) where patient care is provided, or work in patient care or clinical care areas, to have an annual influenza vaccination. Failure to meet this requirement will result in rescinding or termination of employment.

The University of Miami is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Females/Minorities/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants and employees are protected from discrimination based on certain categories protected by Federal law. Click here for additional information.

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Posted: 8/28/2020
Application Due: 10/27/2020
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