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POST DATE 8/25/2016
END DATE 11/3/2016
JOB DESCRIPTIONThe Laboratory Assistant will work under close supervision of the research scientist or PI at the Shriners Pediatric Research Center. The major research focus is to study the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying axon regeneration failure and neuronal damage. The aim is to develop effective therapeutic strategies for repairing CNS injuries and disorders, including spinal cord trauma, optic nerve injury and multiple sclerosis.
The Laboratory Assistant will be responsible for performing routine laboratory/research related tasks. The primary responsibilities for this position will include performing in vitro experiments, such as cell cultures, molecular biology techniques (DNA preparation and cloning), and biochemical experiments; mouse colony handling and management; conducting in vivo animal experiments, partial surgical procedures in rodents, postsurgical animal care and treatment, and behavioral tests; and assisting with histological techniques such as embedding, dissection, sectioning and immunostaining. In addition, the incumbent will assist with maintaining lab equipment; and compiling and organizing research data. Performs other duties as assigned.
Required Education and Experience:
At least one year of related laboratory experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
Required Skills and Abilities:
*Demonstrated knowledge of genotyping with PCR and RT-PCR.
*Demonstrated ability to perform histological techniques such as tissue embedding, sectioning and staining.
*Demonstrated ability to work with mice.
*Demonstrated computer skills, and proficiency with spreadsheet and database software programs.
*Ability to operate all standard laboratory equipment.
*Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
*Demonstrated organizational skills with the ability to handle multiple tasks.
*Knowledge of molecular biology.
This is a Grant-Funded Position.
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