The Research Specialist will provide technical support to the Anatomy faculty members in relation to their research projects and grants and works under the supervision of at least one faculty member (supervisor) to accomplish assigned projects. Incumbent will primarily work with cell and tissue cultures, and animal models related to research in the field of Neuroscience. The Research Specialist will oversee all standard maintenance of the laboratory and supervise and train research students. This individual must be willing to work with rodents and work late hours or on weekends as needed.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Performs a wide variety of standard experimental procedures with some supervision. These include but are not limited to: surgical procedures in rodents, growing / harvesting cells and tissue explants in liquid media using aseptic techniques, histology, immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence techniques, microscopy. Cellular and molecular biology techniques such as isolation of nucleic acids, PCR, Western blotting.
Works independently or in conjunction with others (including students, faculty and other staff) on assigned projects and trains others in laboratory safety procedures.
Maintains and oversees animal colony with some supervision.
Accurately records and maintains detailed notes on experimental data (digital or manual).
Maintains chemical inventory and MSDS info for all lab reagents.
Obtains quotes, performs ordering of lab supplies and takes on the responsibility of keeping the laboratory appropriately stocked at all times.
Assists in student training and takes on mentoring role for students working in the lab.
Assists with developing new protocols.
Assists with literature research.
Aids supervisor and may represent supervisor in research related activities to include scheduling of experiments, organizing data for presentation and publication, constructing databases and conducting data analyses.
Communicates regularly with the supervising faculty member regarding all laboratory operations and for assessment of progress and direction of research.
May be asked to travel to sites of collaboration in research projects or to meetings.
Performs additional duties as required.
After being properly trained in the use of specific equipment and software, must be willing to train other users.
This job has no supervisory responsibilities.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must be able to work in a constant state of alertness and safe manner and have regular, predictable, in-person attendance. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and/or Experience
Bachelor's degree in biological sciences related field with at least 3-5 years of relevant laboratory experience is required or a research thesis-based Master’s degree in biological sciences related field with at least 2 years’ full time relevant laboratory work experience. Experience with cell culture, molecular biology techniques and animal handling is highly desirable. Previous course work in Neuroscience, Cell and Molecular Biology, Histology and Genetics is an asset.
Computer proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook).
Intermediate skills: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to communicate effectively with students, staff and faculty.
Intermediate skills: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
Basic skills: add, subtract, multiply, and divide all units of measure using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to interpret bar graphs. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra, geometry and statistic.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to sit. The employee is regularly required to walk, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, taste and smell. The employee is frequently required to stand, use hands to handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, talk and hear. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. The employee may not have any disability that precludes them from working with animals as this type of work is essential to perform the duties of the job. Specific vision abilities required by this job include vision correctable to 20/40 in one eye, color vision and depth vision, especially for using microscopes.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform certain essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. ,
Midwestern University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not discriminate against an employee or applicant based upon race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, or veterans status, in accord with 41 C.F.R. 60-1.4(a), 250.5(a), 300.5(a) and 741.5(a). Midwestern University complies with the Smoke-Free Arizona Act (A.R.S. 36-601.01) and the Smoke Free Illinois Act (410 ILCS 82/). Midwestern University complies with the Illinois Equal Pay Act of 2003 and Arizona Equal Pay Acts.
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