Banner Position Number R10493 Position Title Research Technician II Classification Title MURC-Physical Scientists, Other Department SOM-Anatomy - RC5250 Location MUSOM - MU School of Medicine Salary Range Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Full-time, 2-year position, with possible extension pending satisfactory performance and availability of funds.
The Department of Biomedical Sciences in the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University invites applications for a Research Technician II to support skeletal growth and bone physiology research in the laboratory of Dr. Maria A. Serrat. This is a 2-year position with possible extension pending satisfactory performance and availability of funds. Specific duties will include managing and/or assisting with: time-sensitive mouse growth studies with careful attention to diet and environmental conditions; prepare dyes, fluorescently-labeled proteins, and sterile injections; mouse colony and breeding management; participate in mouse surgeries, injections, tissue harvest, dissection, and measurements; protein and RNA analyses of cartilage; bone tissue cultures; in vivo multiphoton imaging of skeletal tissues in live mice and ex vivo microscopy; prepare paraffin histology slides and perform immunostaining; x-rays and CT scanning; acquire and analyze digital images; perform and troubleshoot experiments using simple to complex laboratory procedures by following and modifying protocols as appropriate; operate and perform routine maintenance on laboratory equipment; prepare reagents; supply ordering, documentation and budget management; supervise and/or oversee students and other junior team members; help ensure a safe laboratory environment in compliance with all regulatory guidelines; participate in data collection, analysis and graphic displays; assist in preparation of presentations, research manuscripts and grant proposals; perform literature reviews as appropriate and stay current in scientific developments in the field; participate in weekly lab meetings, project planning, and objective setting for the group.
Applicants must be highly organized and able to manage laboratory projects in terms of supplies, compliance, detailed records, and student assistants in a team-based setting. Skills sought: Imaging using microscopy and/or fluorescence microscopy (preferably bone and cartilage); histology; molecular techniques including protein and RNA, cell or tissue culture; mouse breeding and colony management; mouse surgical and dissection skills; experience with image and data analysis software such as ImageJ, BoneJ, Avizo and SPSS; experience supervising students; and effective protocol writing. Applicants must have proven written and oral communication skills and the technical ability to troubleshoot simple to complex experimental systems. Evidence of written and oral communication skills includes co-authored manuscripts and/or firstauthor abstracts presented at professional conferences. Preference will be given to applicants with a background in bone biology and/or anatomy-related fields. Applicants must be able to perform, with necessary training, all essential duties as outlined in the job description.
Preferred qualifications include Master's degree in anatomy, biology, physiology, anthropology or related field with prior laboratory experience, preferably in skeletal biology research. Candidates with a Bachelor's degree and at least 2 years laboratory experience involving animal handling, breeding colony management, molecular biology, cell or tissue culture, histology, microscopy, and data analysis will also be considered.
Posting Number MR0412 Open Date 08/06/2021 Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions Summary
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