Job Title: Research Assistant
Location: Augusta University
Full/Part Time: Part-Time
Job ID: 220229
Department Information The Department of Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine is charged with conducting high-impact original biomedical research and translating the findings to clinical applications, and in educating future physicians and researchers. Our research addresses fundamental questions in cell and developmental biology, endocrinology, neuroscience, regenerative medicine, and cancer biology. Collaborations have been established with clinical departments for studies that investigate various diseases including neurological diseases (stroke, epilepsy, muscular dystrophy, and Guillain-Barre syndrome); psychiatric disorders (schizophrenia and autism); degenerative diseases (osteoporosis); cancer and endocrinological disorders.Minimum Requirements Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, cell biology or other natural, life, health care or materials science directly related to the research area to which the position is assigned and experience in a research, basic science or clinical setting particularly clinical trials researchOR
Associate’s degree from an accredited college or university in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, cell biology or other natural, life, health care or materials science directly related to the research area to which the position is assigned and a minimum of three years' experience in a research, basic science or clinical setting particularly clinical trials research
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Ability to maintain confidentiality, to work independently with only general supervision, to prioritize tasks, to complete work, and to meet deadlinesDetail-orientedExcellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skillsGood organization skillsProficient in Microsoft Office and other computer software/databasesWillingness and ability to work with research animals
- Experience with electrophysiology and cell culture or brain slice preparation, as well as molecular biological techniques including sub-cloning, RT-PCR and western blotting, fluorescence imaging, immunohistochemistry and image analysis
- Experience with stereotaxic surgery and behavioral assays in rodents
Responsibilities The candidate will be a participant as research assistant on the NIH funded Alzheimer's research grant for Dr. Deak. We expect this person to handle mice as routine task in the lab. Previous experience with cell biology, molecular biology and animal behavioral assays is a plus. The candidate should be willing to learn genotyping, PCR reactions and how to prepare primary cell cultures. He/she will provide assistance to research manager and Principal Investigator on routine tasks and will be primarily responsible to maintain the mouse colony. Basic computer skills and good English knowledge is a must. The duties include, but are not limited to:
Perform a variety of experimental studies including animal behavior, cell biology and molecular biology experiments. Experiments may include, but not be limited to: performing animal surgery, microinjection behavioral testing, genotyping, western blot, ELISA, real-time PCR, immunohistochemistry, collection and dissection of brain tissue, preparation of brain slices, tissue and primary cell cultures. Conducting animal studies on confocal imaging, histology and immunohistochemistry on brain slice/sections and various microscopy and imaging techniques. Analyze results of experiments and procedures using manual or computer techniques.Manages continuous operation of the research laboratory, orders supplies and animals as necessary, keeps track of costs, expenses and delivered goodsMaintains breeding colonies, performs treatments and genotyping on transgenic Alzheimer's disease mice and other neurodegeneration and epilepsy models.Perform all other related duties/tasks as assigned.
Shift/Salary Shift: Days/M-F Pay Grade: R9 Salary to be commensurate with qualifications of selected candidate within the established range (generally minimum-midpoint) of the position Recruitment Period:Conditions of Employment All candidates are required to successfully pass a Background Check review prior to starting with Augusta University.Equal Employment Opportunity Augusta University is proud to be an equal opportunity employer welcoming applicants from underrepresented groups, including individuals with disabilities and veterans.Other Information This position is also responsible for promoting a customer friendly environment and providing superior service to our patients, students, faculty, and employees. "Augusta University is a patient-and family-centered care institution, where employees partner everyday with patients and families for success." Augusta University is a tobacco free environment and the use of any tobacco products on any part of the campus, both inside and outside, is strictly prohibited.
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