Research Assistant I

Job description

Job no: 710840
Work type: Support Staff
Pay Grade: 11
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Veterinary Medicine
Department: Large Animal Clinical Sciences 10046518
Sub Area: AP- Professionals
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: 1/2 Time (50-64.9%), Administrative Professionals- AP, Research/Scientific, Union
Position Summary

A part-time Research Assistant position is available in the Orthopedic Research Laboratory of Dr. Aimee Colbath at Michigan State University at the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Colbath is a clinician-scientist with a partial clinical appointment in large animal surgery. This multi-disciplinary and collaborative laboratory studies the pathophysiology of osteoarthritis. A specific area of focus in the laboratory is understanding the role of the immune system in osteoarthritis and the mechanism of action of current biologic treatments (stem cells, platelet rich plasma, etc.).
This is a particularly attractive opportunity for someone that has solid organizational and leadership qualities. The appointment is for a part-time position. Current hours (days per week and start/finish time) are flexible and could be agreed upon between Dr. Colbath and the applicant. Dr. Colbath strives to provide a supportive and fun research environment where all members of the team feel respected and valued.

50% laboratory based-work. The candidate would perform experimental tests and assays and record and analyze results. They would consult with Dr. Colbath in order to assist in planning and designing experiments. Candidate would compile and summarize results and help prepare reports, manuscripts, and articles for publication.
50% working with research animals, primarily mice, but could also include work with sheep, pigs, dogs, and horses. The candidate would oversee the coordination of procedures for research animals and aid in live animal procedures and help complete IACUC applications.

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 science fields; one to three years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in standard laboratory procedures and safety requirements and performing analytical and research techniques in an area related to research being performed; may require software specific to the area of research; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The position may require special licensing or certification in the field related to the area of employment.

Desired Qualifications

Experience with qPCR, cell culture, and immunohistochemistry. Animal handling experience and experience in flow cytometry, data analysis and image analysis software are desired, but not necessary.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

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Work Hours

Hours are flexible, 20 hours per week is expected.

Description of End Date

This is an off dated position funded for one year from the date of hire with possible extension contingent upon funding renewal.

Summary of Physical Demands

Working with horses.

Summary of Health Risks

Working with animals and unfixed animal tissue.

Bidding eligibility ends on 06/08/2021 at 11:55 PM

Advertised: Jun 2, 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Jun 29, 2021 Eastern Daylight Time




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Posted: 6/3/2021
Application Due: 6/29/2021
Work Type: Full Time