JOB SUMMARY: Perform under minimal supervision a wide variety of complex tasks requiring practical understanding of scientific techniques and advanced knowledge of scientific theory. The responsibilities of this position include: managing the lab research operations and planning and executing multiple diverse projects. The RA3 will be involved in experiment design for research projects related to better understanding psoriatic disease pathogenesis, including skin and musculoskeletal manifestations of the disease and related comorbidities, including cardiovascular disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and depression. The RA3 will be critically involved in generating and analyzing data used in manuscripts and grant proposals. This position requires significant years of experience and expertise in anatomical histology, pathology, and microscopy, implementation of cellular and molecular biology experimentation, extensive knowledge of different animal models of inflammatory disease, and broad experience working with transgenic and knockout preclinical animal models.
The suitable candidate will design and implement projects independently and will be responsible for ensuring compliance with the IACUC and DOES. For collaborative research projects, the successful candidate will serve as the point person for sharing data, animal models, methodological approaches to nurture and sustain established and successful collaborations studying chronic inflammatory disease models and the translation of tour findings to patients. The position requires good reporting ability, strong interpersonal skills, strong leadership potential, and excellent communication skills. The candidate will be expected to multi-task strongly such that wet-lab work about 2-3 projects, and training others, can be managed concurrently. The RA3 needs to be flexible, nimble, and responsive to changes in scientific ideas. The RA3 will be responsible for developing new methodologies. Other duties include interfacing with other faculty, trainees, and staff members in Nutrition, troubleshooting instruments and training users, managing all lab ordering and receiving of supplies, mice, and equipment, working closely with the PI to stay within the set and projected budgets, and working closely with students, fellows, lab staff and other scientists in the lab.
Under minimal supervision, plan, conduct and evaluate experiments and assays of varying complexity.
Plan and coordinate experiments in conjunction with Principal Investigator (PI).
Understand and follow experimental protocols (may include animal handling, tissue culture, etc.)
Record, compile, interpret, and communicate data/results.
Follow University safety protocols (may include use of combustibles, radioactivity, toxic material, and/or carcinogens)
Perform calculations involving molarity, % solutions, and serial dilutions.
Prepare, operate, and troubleshoot equipment in experimental procedures.
Recommend equipment and supplies needed for research projects.
Read and follow all equipment manuals.
Maintain and repair equipment according to manufacturer and university guidelines.
Ensure the laboratory is prepared for experiments.
Maintain inventories and sterile conditions as required.
Prepare reagents and assist PI in modifying procedures and techniques.
Recognize problems and suggest solutions, assist in modifications.
Recommend improvements to established techniques and/or protocols.
Maintain personal knowledge of scientific trends through literature reviews, attendance at meetings, conferences, and seminars.
Provide appropriate written/oral documentation of experiments
Prepare research progress reports.
Analyze and summarize test results.
Preparation and oral presentation of data as required
Assist in the effective operation of the laboratory.
Train other employees and supervise projects and/or personnel.
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