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Research Technician II – Center for Translational Pain Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology
We are seeking a highly motivated individual for a Lab Research Technician II position, available immediately within the Center for Translational Pain Medicine, a translational research unit of the Department of Anesthesiology at Duke University Medical Center. Our lab is conducting collaborative research in the following research areas:
(1) Investigation of interactions between sensory neurons, immune cells, and cancer cells which contribute to persistent pain pathologies.
(2) Investigation of how sensory neurons regulate immunity & host defense against bacterial and viral pathogens as well as neoplastic (cancerous) cells.
(3) Identification of novel pain mediators using tissues and/or biofluids from patients with metastatic cancer pain or chronic overlapping pain conditions.
(4) Drug discovery and development of novel non-opioid pain therapies to treat chronic pain conditions.
In this position, you will have the opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research in the above are as using a variety of preclinical models in conjunction with biochemical, molecular genetics, optogenetic, behavioral, immunohistochemical, imaging, and pharmacological approaches.
It is anticipated that a highly motivated individual will contribute to several publications per year and be granted the opportunity to explore their own research interests as well (within the overall scope of the lab). Due to the translational nature of this research, this position will also offer unique networking opportunities with premier basic scientists as well as healthcare providers in anesthesiology, pain medicine, oncology, orthopedic surgery, and other disciplines.
• Aid in the planning, development, and implementation of experimental procedures within the overall scope of the above research projects.
• Learn to perform technical experimental protocols and collect data using laboratory instruments, equipment, reagents, and animal models. This includes regularly reviewing scientific literature to become aware of new developments and information regarding experimental protocols.
• Be involved in the husbandry and maintenance of animal colonies, the dissection of animals, the collection and preparation of tissues and specimens for complex procedures, and histological, imaging, and tissue culture procedures.
• Maintain consistent experimental records, interpret experimental results, generate frequent research reports, and assist in the preparation of manuscripts and publications.
• Be willing to represent the lab professionally at departmental and university seminars (COVID-19-related travel restrictions may apply).
• Confer with the lab director to discuss experiments, experimental results and their interpretations, and other aspects of laboratory maintenance.
• Assist in the training of other laboratory members with experimental procedures, analyses, data reports, and manuscript preparation.
• Participate in the general oversight of the lab, including basic lab maintenance, lab organization, and oversight of critical lab reagents and equipment.
• Exercise independent thought informed by the scientific literature to contribute to the overall research direction of the laboratory.
Work generally requires a bachelor's degree in botany, biology, zoology, psychology or other directly related scientific field.
• None required above education/training requirement. OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
• Strong communication skills (written and verbal) are preferred for this position.
• Proficiency with routine computer software (e.g. Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel) is preferred.
• Individuals must be able to work well within a collaborative research team (“be a team player”).
• Individuals must be willing to work hard to learn a variety of laboratory techniques such as surgical and behavioral procedures with mice and rats, cell culture techniques, fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS), immunohistochemistry, genotyping, western blotting, ELISA, and other procedures. Individuals with expertise or competency in these areas are encouraged to clearly indicate this in their C.V.
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