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*Staff Scientist

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Oklahoma City, OK

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Non-tenured, specified term scientific position. Responsible for the management of a research laboratory.  Conducts research, provides support to various research activities, and trains laboratory staff. Ensures all employees follow laboratory safety regulations and laboratory policies and procedures. Duties:
  • Teamwork. Promote a team-based approach to discuss priorities, identify/solve potential issues, and communicate roles/tasks to complete goals in a timely manner.
  • Technical Approaches. Trained to perform genetic, biochemical, molecular, and cellular techniques in experimental disease model systems including but not limited to: DNA/RNA/protein extraction and quantification, SDS-PAGE/immunoblot, PCR, real-time qPCR, immunofluorescent and immunohistochemistry, biochemical assays, cell culture, rodent colony management, transgenic rodent models, rodent exposures, and mammalian tissue collection and processing.
  • Laboratory Administration. Maintain regulatory compliance (e.g., IACUC, general lab safety, etc.), order supplies and inventory/store properly, general maintenance as needed (e.g., prepare chemical buffers and solutions, sterilize glassware and plasticware, etc.), calibrate and maintain equipment, and keep a clean work area (e.g., wash dishes and tools, change bench pads, etc.).
  • Data Analysis, Report Preparation, and Presentation. Organize, analyze, and visualize descriptive and analytical data to share with the research team and used for presentation and/or publication. Experience with computers and computer software is essential (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Photoshop, GraphPad Prism, etc.).
  • Record Keeping. Accurately document experimental information in laboratory notebook and digital records detailing experimental design, procedures, and data collection/storage.
  • Literature Research. Access library records for critical review of primary literature pertaining to the biological phenomena studied in the laboratory as well as relevant technical approaches.
  • Personnel Training and Supervision. Responsible for hiring, terminating, training, conducting performance evaluations, disciplining, delegating, and monitoring employee's work. Support training and oversight of new team members d collaborators (e.g., students, staff, etc.).
  • As Needed. Performs various duties as needed to successfully fulfill the function of the position.

Job Location
Education: Ph.D. or M.D AND:

    36 months Postdoctoral Research Fellow experience 

  • Advanced knowledge of their scientific field
  • Ability to use logic and reasoning to identify alternative solutions or conclusions
  • Ability to compile and analyze data
  • Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with individuals, agencies, and other entities to encourage cooperative strategies or develop information and interpret findings
  • Excellent verbal and written skills in order to prepare technical and research papers, grant applications, and publish and communicate findings to peers and at conferences
  • Advanced working knowledge of computers to store, process and analyze data
  • Must be detail oriented
  • Ability to handle stressful situations and meet deadlines
Working Conditions: 

  • Physical: Standing for prolonged periods. Manual dexterity. Reaching, bending, stooping, and handling laboratory equipment.
  • Environmental: Laboratory Environment. Exposure to chemicals, biohazardous materials, carcinogens, blood borne pathogens, and other biohazards.
Departmental Preferences: 

  • Team player with strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Highly organized and meticulous to ensure accuracy of data collection and recording.
  • Mastery of genetic, biochemical, molecular, and/or cellular concepts and techniques applied using mammalian cell culture or animal models.
  • Strong experience with transgenic technologies in either cultured cells and/or rodents.
  • Mastery of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook), Adobe (Illustrator, Photoshop), and statistical programs (e.g., GraphPad Prism).
  • Publication and collaborative record indicative of a team-science approach and oversight of personnel
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement: The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to, admissions, employment, financial aid, housing, services in educational programs or activities, and health care services that the University operates or provides.  

Why You Belong at the University of Oklahoma: The University of Oklahoma, fosters an inclusive culture of respect and civility, belonging, and access, which are essential to our collective pursuit of excellence and our determination to change lives. The unique talents, perspectives, and experiences of our community enrich the learning, and working environment at OU, inspiring us to harness our innovation, creativity, and collaboration for the advancement of people everywhere.


Organization: Dept of Pediatrics
Job Location: Oklahoma-Oklahoma City-Health Sciences Center
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Jan 30, 2024

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