Research Assistant

Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Apr 07, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Information

University Code 34051 University Title Lab/Research Technician 1 University Job Family Research & Innovation ORP Eligible No For more information on ORP, visit: Retirement Plans
Recruitment Pool All Applicants Recruitment Type Multi Title Scope of Search Local Working Title Research Assistant Position Number 580930 Is this employee on a H1B Visa? Position Type Staff Job Status Full-Time FLSA Indicator Non-Exempt Employee Group University Employee Department Surgery 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.

Position Primary Purpose and General Responsibilities

This position requires working with PI’s and other laboratory personnel to perform rodent surgery (spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, cannulate spinal canal to sample CSF, and catheterization), perfusion and tissue dissection (both sterile and non-sterile), performing rodent surgeries, monitoring animal recovery acutely after surgery, required institutional record keeping, daily monitoring of animals after surgery, performing behavioral assays (motor, cognition, and pain), delivery of experimental drugs, and preparing the animals for in vivo MRI imaging. The position also requires analysis of material using molecular biology techniques, including Western blotting, DNA / RNA extraction from tissue and cells, qPCR, cryostat sectioning of tissue, double-labelled florescent immunohistochemistry, light, fluorescent and confocal microscopy, cell culture, and data entry into Microsoft Excel.

Cascading Goals are as follows: Demonstrate skills in molecular biology; Demonstrate experience with surgical procedures from pre-operative OR preparation to post-op follow-up care of the animals; Demonstrates knowledge and familiarity with all local, state, & federal laws and regulations, and all laboratory regulatory agency requirements; Demonstrate initiative and skills in lab organization including management of supplies, ordering reagents, and procuring animals

Minimum Hiring Standards

1) Experience with preparing for and performing rodent survival surgical skills and associated institutional record keeping.
2) General laboratory biochemical and molecular experimental procedures.
3) Ability to work in a diverse environment required
4) Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required

Preferred Hiring Standards

Master’s degree preferred

Required Licenses/ Certifications Anticipated Hiring Range $31,000-$35,000 Application Process/Additional Information Campus MCV Campus Hours/Week 40 Normal Work Days/Hours M-F/8-5 Occ. Night/Weekend Job Open Date 04/07/2021 Posting will close on or before Open Until Filled Yes Job Category Research Is this a restricted position? Yes Is this position eligible to participate in alternative work arrangements? No Sensitive Position Yes- A pre-employment fingerprint background check will be required. Resource Critical No Quick Link Posting Specific Questions

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  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Other Document
  3. Resume

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