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Pay Grade: 9
The Research Assistant provides technical support to Anatomy faculty members in relation to their research projects and grants in the fields of neuroscience, mammalian morphology, and evolution. The position reports to the Chair of the Anatomy Department and requires work with rodents.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Performing rodent dissection; growing and harvesting cells and tissue explants in liquid media using aseptic techniques; histology, immunohistochemistry, and immunofluorescence techniques; in-situ hybridization and microscopy; nucleic acid isolation, PCR, and Western blots
Maintaining rodent colonies with some supervision
Micro-CT scan processing, 3D image manipulation, and landmark data collection
Maintaining detailed records on experimental data and organizing digital image files
Maintaining lab chemical inventory and MSDS, plus timely ordering of lab supplies
Training and mentoring students in lab safety and research protocols
Working independently and with others
Performing other duties as assigned
This position has no supervisory responsibilities.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential duties satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Must be able to work in a constant state of alertness and safe manner and have regular, predictable in-person attendance. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Excellent organizational skills and proficiency with the Windows operating system and Microsoft Office are required. English-language, reasoning, mathematical skills, and comfort handling rodents are required.
Education and/or Experience
Bachelor’s degree with a background in anatomy, biology, or biomedical sciences is required. 0-2 years of relevant laboratory experience, including prior experience in anatomical dissection, animal handling, and preparation of specimens for histological and immunohistochemical staining is preferred.
Computer proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) is required. Familiarity with 3D image visualization and data analysis software is desirable.
Intermediate skills: The ability to read and interpret documents such as safety guidelines, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedural manuals is essential. The position requires the ability to write routine reports and correspondence and to speak effectively before groups of people, such as students and co-workers.
Intermediate skills: The ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. The ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
Intermediate skills: The ability to calculate figures and amounts such as proportions, percentages, area, circumference and volume. The position requires the ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
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.
The ability to lift 25 lbs.; vision correctable to 20/20 in both eyes; depth, color, and close vision; hearing correctable to normal; ability to tolerate prolonged standing or sitting; full use of fingers, hands, and arms; sufficient movement of upper and lower extremities for bending, stretching, reaching, walking, and pushing; ability to bend over; ability to tolerate repetitive, computer-based tasks.
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 the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to work near a fume hood and is occasionally exposed to vibrations, toxic and caustic chemicals and fumes/airborne particles.
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.
Internal Number: RESEA02344
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