The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology is actively
recruiting for a full time lab specialist to perform and develop in
vitro assays to assess the molecular, biochemical and cellular
mechanisms of action of psychoactive drugs. This role would
efficiently, accurately, and according to laboratory protocols,
conduct studies on animal tissue (brain and spinal cord) and
cultured cell lines, including various in vitro assays. Procedures
include, but are not limited to, radioligand binding assays,
cell-based assays (with platereader readout), gel electrophoresis
and immunoblotting, animal handling and injection, microscopy, PCR,
DNA purification, cell transfection, spectrophotometry,
immunolabeling and reagent preparation.
Exercise judgement and decision-making skills to determine
appropriate procedures and timing of experiments. Document results
from each experiment thoroughly and in a timely manner.
Use appropriate computer programs to aid in data analysis and
presentation, including spreadsheet, graphics, and
statistical/curve fitting software. Compile data for reports,
identify experimental outcomes and review results with
Maintain cultured cell lines using sterile technique. Perform DNA
transfection, selection and screening of cultured cell lines as
needed. Maintain mouse colonies for breeding and experimental use.
Dissect and prepare tissues for use in experiments. Conduct animal
handling, surgery and sacrifice in an efficient and compassionate
manner in accordance with laboratory protocols.
Clean glassware and instruments daily according to lab procedures.
Monitor laboratory for appropriate containment of radioactivity.
Monitor stock in laboratory and order supplies when necessary. Keep
logs of radioactivity, transgenic mouse colonies, cDNA constructs
and cell lines.
Help train other personnel (e.g. students, postdoctoral associates,
hourly employees) in the laboratory.
Required Education and Experience
Must have thorough knowledge of general laboratory procedures and
terminology. Must be able to conduct multiple experiments in a
temporarily overlapping manner, communicate effectively and
interact positively with co-workers in the laboratory, department
and university. Must have or be able to quickly and successfully
complete appropriate training and certification in radiation
safety, research animal use and care (rodents) and other required
compliance training from VCU. Must be able to work efficiently and
positively in a diverse environment
Preferred Education and Experience
Prefer master’s or bachelor’s degree in a life science program
(biology, biochemistry, biopsychology, pharmacology, etc.) and at
least one year of experience working in a research laboratory,
performing molecular biology, cell biology and/or biochemistry
techniques. Highly preferred is specific knowledge of molecular and
cellular biology and biochemistry techniques.
University job code: Lab/Research Technician 1-3
ORP Eligible: No
This is a restricted position with no set end date and continued
employment is dependent upon project need, availability of funding,
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine is a
premier academic medical center located in the heart of Richmond.
Accounting for almost half of VCU’s sponsored research, the School
of Medicine is internationally recognized for patient care and
education. All full-time university staff are eligible for VCU’s
generous benefits package that includes: competitive health
benefits, paid annual and holiday leave, retirement planning and
savings options, tax-deferred annuity and cash match programs,
Virginia Retirement System (VRS), professional development &
certifications, tuition waiver, parental leave, caregiving leave
and community service leave. Learn more about VCU’s benefits
The School of Medicine continuously strives for our workplace and
learning environment to reflect the demographic and social milieu
of the communities we serve. All qualified applicants are
encouraged to apply.
Salary Range: Commensurate on experience
Department: Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology
Employment Type: UF - University Employee FT
Restricted Status: Yes
Exemption Status: Non-Exempt
Contact Name: Ann-marie Taranto
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org