The Department of Ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute is seeking a Research Technologist whowill perform cutting-edge research into the in vitro culture of retinal organoids and stem cell derived photoreceptor cells.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities:
Use basic science knowledge to learn techniques/methods of the lab.
Perform stem cell/retinal organoid cell culture including considerations of cell specific reporters.
Design and perform laboratory experiments, both independently, and as part of a collaborative scientific team.
Perform tissue processing (sectioning) for immunohistochemistry, microscopy, and cell culture.
Perform cell sorting by FACS and MACS.
Collect project data, organize/collate, and analyze data.
Participating in regular lab and small group meetings.
Reporting findings in oral and written formats.
Identify and resolve common problems involved in routine research assays.
Recommend revisions to experimental methods based upon observations of the data and troubleshooting.
Prepare, test, and maintain standard laboratory equipment.
Increase own skill base and knowledge of lab research and relevant assays.
Support the team in their work with animal care/veterinary staff and monitor the health of animals during experiments, with an emphasis on adhering to IACUC guidelines.
Perform related laboratory maintenance, participate in cleaning rotation of common laboratory space/equipment and monitor inventory of supplies and orders upon receipt.
Interact with faculty, lab, animal facilities and administrative staff, students, postdoctoral fellows, and outside vendors.
Demonstrate organization, curiosity, problem solving, resourcefulness, and flexibility.
Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):
Bachelor's Degree in Biology, Chemistry or related field.
* 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.
Some related post-undergraduate work experience preferred.
Research experience in stem cell/retinal organoid culture is highly desired
We are looking for candidates who work well with others, are enthusiastic to learn, and motivated to contribute to the scientific goals of the lab.
Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Self-motivated and actively seeking to learn skills, expertise and knowledge.
Individual should have strong written and oral communication and interpersonal skills.
Excellent organizational skills, communication, record keeping, and ability to take direction.
Technical Qualifications or Specialized Certifications:
Strong working knowledge of computers, skilled in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, file organization, and internet research.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee may remain in a stationary position (sitting or standing) up to 75% of the time.
Occasionally required to traverse throughout the laboratory or to retrieve equipment, supplies, or specimens from other locations on campus.
The employee is required to operate computer keyboard, laboratory instruments and small laboratory tools such as pipettes, cutting instruments, glass tubes, dishes, and/or slides. Constantly repositions self to perform duties at laboratory work stations, gathering specimens, and loading equipment.
Prolonged vision requirements including viewing computer screen, paper reports/documents, charts and results. Visual acuity is required to distinguish fine gradation of color or structure and closely examine specimens (including via a microscope).
Classified Title: Research Technologist Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CC Starting Salary Range: $15.00 - $20.00/hr (commensurate with experience) Employee group: Full Time Schedule: Mon-Fri 8:30-5 Exempt Status: Non-Exempt Location: School of Medicine Campus Department name: SOM Oph Retina Service Personnel area: School of Medicine
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