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Perform a variety of complex technical duties involved in conducting laboratory tests, experiments and determinations in support of Duke University research operations.
The Soderling lab studies how signaling pathways are organized and how their disruption in mice can model multiple neurologic disorders, including intellectual disability, schizophrenia, and autism spectrum disorders. We are looking for a research technician interested in joining a fun, cohesive team of scientists and contributing to our lab’s success. Find out more about our lab and research here: http://soderlinglab.cellbio.duke.edu/
Perform a variety of complex technical duties involved in conducting physical, chemical, biological and other research laboratory tests, experiments and determinations to obtain data for research purposes. This includes cloning bacterial plasmids, making maxipreps and minipreps, primary neuronal culture, transforming plasmids, PCR, cryostatic brain sectioning, staining and analysis of neurons, and confocal microscopy analysis. Compile, analyze, document and draw tentative conclusions from experimental results.
Confer with principal investigator to review work assignments and develop plans for research experiments; make minor modifications to existing laboratory procedures and techniques to meet the needs of the particular equipment as required. Review laboratory methods manual, scientific journals, abstracts and other literature for information applicable to research experiments.
Determine and set up instruments, material and apparatus and operate laboratory equipment required for specific tests. This includes but is not limited to: centrifuges, microscopes, surgical equipment, and similar equipment.
Obtain, prepare, mount and stain tissue, blood and other substances for microscopic examination. The focus in this lab is on brain tissue, and procedures include perfusion, tissue collection and preservation, tissue slicing and slide preparation, tissue staining, and culturing and maintaining neurons.
Prepare culture media, chemicals, reagents and solutions.
Maintain sufficient inventory of material, supplies and equipment for performance of duties; clean and maintain laboratory equipment.
Review work of lower level laboratory personnel within designated areas and assist in training new personnel.
Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.
Participate in weekly lab meetings and journal clubs, and present material as scheduled.
Assist with mouse colony management and maintenance.
The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.
Required Qualifications at this Level
Education/Training: Work generally requires a bachelor's degree in botany, biology, zoology, psychology or other directly related scientific field.
Experience: None required above education/training requirement. OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.
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