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Research Specialist II

Employer
University of South Carolina
Location
Columbia

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Administrative Jobs
Academic Affairs, Research Staff & Technicians
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Logo For Posting:

Posting Number:

RTF00094PO24

USC Market Title:

Research Specialist

Link to USC Market Title:

https://uscjobs.sc.edu/titles/156402

Business Title (Internal Title):

Research Specialist II

Campus:

Columbia

Work County:

Richland

College/Division:

College of Arts and Sciences

Department:

CAS Biological Sciences

Advertised Salary Range:

$31,620 - We offer a competitive salary and benefits package.

Part/Full Time:

Full Time

Hours per Week:

37.5

Work Schedule:

Must be willing to work a flexible schedule to meet the needs of the department.

Type of Staff Position:

Staff Research Grant (SRGP)

Basis :

12 months

Job Search Category:

Other

About University of South Carolina:

From the Upstate to the Lowcountry, the University of South Carolina system is transforming the lives of South Carolinians through the impact of our eight institutions and 20 locations throughout the state. More than 50,000 students are enrolled at one of eight institutions, including the research campus in Columbia and comprehensive four-year universities in Aiken, Upstate and Beaufort. In addition, our Palmetto College campuses in Salkehatchie, Union, Lancaster and Sumter enable students to earn associate or bachelor’s degrees through a combination of in-person, online or blended learning. All of our system institutions place strong emphasis on service — helping to build healthier, more educated communities in South Carolina and beyond.

Inclusive Excellence Statement:

At the University of South Carolina, we strive to cultivate an inclusive environment that is open, welcoming, and supportive of individuals of all backgrounds. We recognize diversity in our workforce is essential to providing academic excellence and critical to our sustainability. The University is committed to eliminating barriers created by institutional discrimination through accountability and continuous process improvement. We celebrate the diverse voices, perspectives, and experiences of our employees.

South Carolina Retirement:

Yes

State Insurance Programs:

Yes

Annual Leave:

Yes

Sick Leave:

Yes

Advertised Job Summary:

Working closely with the investigator and other laboratory staff, the successful applicant will conduct experiments focusing on RNA and protein transport in neurons including RNA and protein analysis, using both from molecular and cellular biology approaches. Provide support for mouse and rat studies, including assisting with mice colony oversight (with PCR-based genotyping) and surgical procedures. Order research supplies and prepare solutions. Assist in writing animal use protocols, biosafety protocols, and radiation programs to keep the lab fully compliant with state and federal guidelines. Maintenance of research and laboratory records and helping to train and supervise undergraduate and graduate students work in the laboratory.

Required Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in area of specialty, such as Biological Sciences.

Preferred Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences or related field and 2 years of experience, preferably in microbiological techniques.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

Great organization skills; The ability to work autonomously; Excellent time management skills; Must be trained in aseptic technique; Basic knowledge of how to prepare microbiological specialty media.

Job Duty:

Perform rodent survival surgery for nerve injury, spinal cord injury, and optic nerve injury – this includes anesthetization, surgical site preparations, surgery, and post-operative monitoring.

Essential Function:

Yes

Percentage of Time:

25

Job Duty:

Assist with preparations of primary neuronal cultures – this includes euthanizing rodents per approved methods, dissection, isolation of tissues, dissociation, and culture

Essential Function:

Yes

Percentage of Time:

20

Job Duty:

Assist with maintenance and genotyping of genetically modified mouse colonies – this includes oversight of breeding, maintaining lines, preparation for experiments in terms of needed mouse numbers, and genotyping of mouse lines

Essential Function:

Yes

Percentage of Time:

20

Job Duty:

Perform DNA, RNA, and protein isolation and analysis by PCR, quantitative PCR, and immunoblotting

Essential Function:

Yes

Percentage of Time:

20

Job Duty:

Administrative duties (maintaining laboratory supplies including oversight for ordering, oversight of monthly accounting, shipping reagents/materials).

Essential Function:

Yes

Percentage of Time:

15

Hazardous weather category:

Essential

Employees in Safety-Sensitive or Security-Sensitive positions will be subject to pre-employment and post-employment drug testing in accordance with University policy HR 1.95 Drug and Alcohol Testing.:

No

Number of Vacancies:

1

Job Open Date:

03/21/2024

Job Close Date:

07/31/2024

Open Until Filled:

No

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Positions are advertised for a minimum of five (5) business days on our job website. After five (5) business days, positions can be closed at the discretion of the department at any time. This employment site is updated on a regular basis. The length of the recruitment and screening process may vary from position to position, depending upon a variety of factors. Should review of your qualifications result in a decision to pursue your candidacy, you will be contacted by phone or email.We are only accepting applications submitted by 7/31/2024. This posting is a re-advertisement. Applications previously submitted are still being considered. Previous applicants do not need to reapply.

Quicklink for Posting:

https://uscjobs.sc.edu/postings/165910

EEO Statement:

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender (including transgender), gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDs status, military status, national origin, pregnancy (false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, childbirth, recovery therefrom or related medical conditions, breastfeeding), race, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other bases under federal, state, local law, or regulations.

Organization

Working at University of South Carolina

With more than 200 years of history and tradition, the University of South Carolina is redefining itself for decades to come. There's never been a better time to be at South Carolina, the state's flagship university and one of only 62 public universities to receive the Carnegie Foundation's highest designation for research.

The University is located in the heart of South Carolina in the capital city of Columbia, which is the nexus of government, a thriving arts and culture center, a venue for big-time Southeastern Conference intercollegiate athletics, and a community that is reinventing itself with redevelopment projects citywide. Much of the development is tied to land along the scenic, slow-moving Congaree River. Working with government, business, and community leaders, Carolina has developed a unified plan that will allow the University to expand from its origins on the historic Horseshoe to its future-Innovista, a research and innovation district that will stretch to the banks of the Congaree.

Innovista represents a new vision for research by creating a vibrant, urban community where students and researchers, including those from private firms, will live, work, learn, and play. Innovista will represent the University's four core research areas-hydrogen fuel cells, nanoscience and technology, biomedical and public health, and the environment-but will include other initiatives and business partners that serve the knowledge economy. Innovista's first private tenant, for example, is a leader in software applications for the insurance industry and will create several hundred high-paying jobs.

By attracting similar companies and jobs-and by capitalizing on an attractive location for restaurants and residential and retail space-Innovista will help drive the economy and increase per-capita income in the city and state. Recreational space will include a world-class waterfront park along the Congaree River and a new stadium for the Gamecocks' nationally ranked baseball program. Greenway paths for biking, walking, and running already line much of the river area. Innovista's 8 million square feet will blend seamlessly with the Vista, the city's nearby entertainment district of restaurants, bars, shops, and art galleries.

Chartered in 1801, Carolina began classes in 1805 with nine students and a single building, Rutledge College. As the campus grew and buildings were added during the next 50 years, a horseshoe layout was adopted. Today, the Horseshoe is on the National Register of Historic Places, with 10 of its 11 buildings dating to the 19th century. Those renovated buildings house, among other areas, the South Carolina Honors College and Undergraduate Admissions, representing much of the University's current and future lifeblood.

In fact, incoming freshman classes have never been larger or more competitive. The freshmen from fall 2006 set records for their size (more than 3,700) and SAT scores (1171 average). Freshmen enrolling in the Honors College had average SAT scores of 1398. Members of the University's prestigious scholarship programs, Carolina Scholars for in-state students and McNair Scholars for out-of-state students, had average scores of 1449 and 1477, respectively. Total enrollment at Carolina for undergraduates and graduates is more than 27,300, with some 350 degree programs to choose from. Since 1994, Carolina students have earned more than $9.9 million in prestigious national scholarships such as the Goldwater, Truman, Rhodes, and NSF scholarships and the Fulbright Fellowships.

South Carolina's student body is diverse. In fact, Carolina was recently recognized as the state flagship university with the highest percentage of African-American student enrollment in the nation. Research by the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education shows African-American students made up 14.7 percent of enrollment in 2004, the latest year available. The JBHE also ranks Carolina eighth in the nation in percentage of African-American faculty at a state flagship university with 4.3 percent.

The University's faculty garnered a record $173.3 million in federal, state, and private funding for research, outreach, and training programs in 2005-06, and several key hiring plans will introduce more talent and expertise to the faculty ranks. An aggressive campus building master plan and the faculty recruiting initiatives will change the collective face of the University and the faces of many of its key teachers and researchers.

South Carolina is recruiting world-class faculty to be endowed chairs-and change agents-for a series of "research centers of economic excellence" in areas such as nanoelectronics, polymer nanocomposites, brain imaging, regenerative medicine, cancer therapeutics, drug discovery, vision research, hydrogen fuel cells, and travel and tourism technology. These centers, some in collaboration with other state research universities and health and hospital systems, are funded with $30 million annually in state lottery money, as well as private matching money. Carolina is in the midst of a faculty recruitment plan to hire 600 new members. The Faculty Excellence Initiative is recruiting 150 faculty, many in interdisciplinary clusters of emphasis, while the Centenary Plan will recruit 100 elite research faculty to lead the University's core initiatives. Additionally, 350 faculty will be hired across disciplines to replace retirees over the next few years.

The University has forged a number of international collaborations in research, and the University's global connections are also strong in academics, particularly in international business. U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked the Moore School of Business best in the nation for its undergraduate and graduate programs in international business; the undergraduate program is No. 1 for the 10th consecutive time, while the graduate program is No. 1 among public universities for the 18th consecutive year and No. 2 overall, continuing a streak of 18 years with a top-two overall ranking.

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