The Physiology Department is seeking a Senior Research Specialist who will perform research in medical biotechnology in a clinical chemistry laboratory. Molecular biology techniques required are DNA/RNA extraction, nucleic acid estimation, cloning and PCR, genotyping, agarose gel electrophoresis, detection of gene polymorphism (RFLP) and genetic engineering (gene cloning, restriction digests and ligation, and cell transformation). Protein biochemistry approaches will require protein quantitation, chromatography, polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE) and various lab analytical approaches. Microbiology skills include bacterial and animal cell culture, media preparation, subculturing and trypsinization, cell counting and cryopreservation.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities:
The candidate will develop, design and manage their research projects, in collaboration with PI make research project decisions that may alter research objectives and direction, and make intellectual contribution to scientific research interests of the lab.
The candidate will perform literature searches and contribute to writing peer-reviewed manuscripts and grants, as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications.
Apply independent thought to make decisions with PI.
May work with biohazardous materials.
Responsible for laboratory maintenance, quality control (QC) and calibration, preparing solutions and media, data management and ordering supplies.
This role monitors inventory levels and orders materials and supplies in accordance with established policies and procedures.
Performs laboratory tests and/or experiments following established procedures or protocols.
Operates requisite laboratory equipment and instruments; records data; maintains and makes minor adjustments to equipment.
Uses various software applications, such as spreadsheets, relational databases, statistical packages, and graphics packages to assemble, manipulate and/or format data and/or test reports.
Scope of Responsibility:
Knows the informal policies, procedures and practices necessary to conduct the normal function of a specific section, unit, or work area. Is aware of the role of the position and its potential impact on the working unit. Co-author publications. Contribute original thoughts, hypotheses, and analysis to write reports, abstracts and manuscripts.
Carries out basic duties and responsibilities with limited supervision.
Makes decisions and establishes work priorities on essentially procedure-oriented operations.
May provide training and guidance to incoming undergraduate students or post-baccalaureate students.
Exchanges information in an appropriate manner requiring good oral and written communication skills.
Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):
Bachelor's Degree in Cell or Molecular Biology or Biotechnology.
Requires a minimum of 4 years of relevant post-undergraduate work experience in gene engineering and mammalian cell culture. Requires demonstrated experience working on peer-reviewed publications and presentations at scientific meetings and conferences.
Requires a Master's Degree in Cell or Molecular Biology or Biotechnology.
Requires a minimum of 2 years of relevant post-undergraduate work experience in gene engineering and mammalian cell culture.
Requires demonstrated experience working on peer-reviewed publications and presentations at scientific meetings and conferences.
* Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date.
Classified Title: Sr. Research Specialist Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MC Starting Salary Range: $45,650 - $62,850 annually (commensurate with experience) Employee group: Full Time Schedule: M-F, 8:00am-4:30pm Exempt Status: Exempt Location: School of Medicine Campus Department name: SOM Phys Lab Technical Services Personnel area: School of Medicine
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