Postdoctoral Research Assistant


Posting Details

Job Code/Title PD - Post Doctoral Position Number P00001 Working Title Postdoctoral Research Assistant Department Internal Medicine Organizational Overview

At VCU, we Make it Real through learning, research, creativity, service and discovery — the hallmarks of the VCU experience. A premier, urban, public research university nationally recognized as one of the best employers for diversity, VCU is a great place to work. It’s a place of opportunity, where your success is supported and your career can thrive. VCU offers employees a generous leave package, career paths for advancement, competitive pay, and an opportunity to do mission-driven work.

Recruitment Pool All Applicants Anticipated Hiring Range $52,704 Campus MCV Campus Position Type Post Doc Hours/Week Normal work days Normal work hours Job Category Does this position provide patient or clinical services to the VCU Health System? No Does this position require a pre-placement medical assessment? No Is any portion of this position grant-funded? Yes - Continuation of this position depends on funding of the grant. Sensitive Position Yes- A pre-employment fingerprint background check will be required. Resource Critical No Description of the Job

The position serves to complement the principal investigators of a federal funded project to successfully conduct the proposed in vivo, ex vivo and cell experiments. The main goal of the project is to determine the effects of inflammatory pathways on the cardiovascular system and cardiomyocytes at a physiological and molecular signaling level.
As part of the postdoctoral training and the mentored professional growth, the successful candidate is expected to write post-doctoral grant proposals as principal investigator, to write manuscripts and to
participate in writing review articles.

Required Qualifications

This position requires the candidate to have high level experience working with mice, cell-based assays and common laboratory assays like protein and nucleic acid extraction, Western blotting, PCR, qPCR, microscopy and immunological assays like IF, IHC and ELISA .
Knowledge of animal care and handling, animal anesthesia, daily monitoring of animals in an experimental study, performing behavioral assays (motor, cognition, and pain), delivery of experimental drugs, assist in preparing the
animals for in vivo testing, maintaining mouse breeding colonies and genotyping, record keeping of surgery logs and animal treatment logs, record keeping of data. In addition, the position requires good
care of laboratory equipment, space and supplies management, participating in the ordering of reagents and consumables, coordinate the use of the laboratory space and instrumentation, organized storage of
the biological samples. Sample processing to include, but not limited to, plasma isolation from blood, tissue sample fixation and embedding in paraffin

Preferred Qualifications

Proven ability to work collaboratively and effectively with other team members in a diverse work environment and knowledge of the cardiovascular physiology, metabolic disorders. Use/performance of animal models of cardiovascular disease and small animal echocardiography are a PLUS
Animals models and surgical techniques to master include coronary artery ligation in mice, implantation of osmotic pumps, nephrectomy, telemetry probe implantation, small blood vessel cannulation, invasive measurement of hemodynamic parameters and preparation of primary cardiomyocyte cultures, vascular graft implantation. If such knowledge is lacking, applicant is expected to learn and successfully perform such techniques. Adequate training will be offered by the PIs and the applicant must show progress during the training.
Proven experience in grant and/or manuscript writing.

Job Open Date 01/14/2021 Remove from posting on or before Open Until Filled No Special Instructions to Applicants Additional Information Quick Link https://www.vcujobs.com/postings/102778 Supplemental Questions

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  1. * Please describe your work experience, education, and training that is directly related to this position.

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Optional & Required Documents
Required Documents Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Resume
  3. Reference Letter - 1
  4. Reference Letter - 2
  5. Reference Letter - 3


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