UNIV - Research Specialist I - Medicine: Rhuematology

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Entity: MUSC University
Department: COLLEGE OF MEDICINE - COM-Dept of Medicine
Sub Department: UNIV-2220900-Rheumatology
Work type: Full-Time
Employee Type: UNIV - Research Grant
Location: Charleston, SC-Main Campus
Categories: Research
Pay scale: UNIV-Band 4: $26,988.00 - $38,460.00 - $49,932.00 (min - mid - max)

Job Duties:
15Maintain mouse colony and perform experiments using mice.Essential
20Assist in culture of primary cells and cell lines.Essential
20Maintain laboratory supplies; prepare media, buffers, and other reagents as needed. Keep complete laboratory records/notebook.Essential
20Process and catalog human and mouse samples.Essential
25Perform variety of cell and molecular biological techniques, record data. Analyze experimental results using appropriate software; help prepare experimental results for presentation and publication. Develop and test new laboratory methods to meet changing needs; troubleshoot experimental protocols.Essential


Job summary:We are seeking a candidate who will assist our ongoing research directed toward understanding mechanisms of lung fibrosis. The candidate will perform supervised work on several projects using mice, human tissue, and cultured cells. In addition, the candidate will be responsible for processing human subject samples. General duties will include assisting with mouse experiments, assisting in collecting, processing and cataloging mouse and human tissue samples, performing various analyses, including gel electrophoresis, Western blotting, ELISA, immunohistochemistry and immunocytochemistry, cell culture, DNA and RNA extraction, real-time PCR, etc. Duties will also include participating in laboratory discussions, organization and regulatory procedures. Maintenance of up-to-date, comprehensive and neat laboratory records will be required.

Under supervision from the lab manager and the principal investigator, candidate will perform complex biological procedures and analyses in a basic science laboratory. All of the experiments require meticulous technique and the ability to optimize and troubleshoot a variety of different protocols. They also require organization and detailed note-keeping. The candidate will be expected to help prepare experimental results for presentation and publication.

Work environment and overnight travel: Will require occasional weekend work.

Payscale Salary Range: UNIV-Band 4: $26,988.00 - $38,460.00 - $49,932.00 (min - mid - max)

FLSA: Hourly

Minimum Experience and Training Requirements: A high school diploma and two years work experience in a clinical or research setting; a bachelor's degree in chemistry, biology, or other natural, life or health care science may be substituted for the two years of required experience.

Additional Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Previous experience handling mice is optimal. Proficiency with computers and experience with spreadsheet, statistical, and graphical software are also preferred.  

Knowledge about small-volume fluid handling, tissue culture/sterile technique, and general cell, molecular, biochemical, and/or immunological methods is essential, and experience in these areas is desired.

The candidate should possess strong organizational and communication skills, a talent for managing diverse tasks, and an ability to work well in a team. 

Candidate should be highly motivated, detail oriented, and committed to excellence. The ideal candidate will have a keen intellectual interest in the science behind the projects and a demonstrated commitment to increasing their background knowledge about their work. An equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute for stated requirements.

Physical Requirements: Ability to perform job functions in an upright position. (Frequent) Ability to perform job functions in a seated position. (Continuous) Ability to perform job functions while walking/mobile. (Frequent) Ability to climb, using step stool. (Infrequent) Ability to work in temperature extremes (32? F to 100? F) when required due to assignments in cold rooms and/or foreign countries. (Infrequent) Ability to work in confined/cramped spaces. (Continuous) Ability to bend at the waist. (Frequent) Ability to twist at the waist. (Frequent) Ability to fully use both hands/arms. (Continuous) Ability to perform repetitive motions with hands/wrists/elbows and shoulders. (Frequent) Ability to fully use both legs. (Frequent) Ability to reach in all directions, stretch, bend, while moving items/materials from both sitting and standing positions. (Frequent) Ability to maintain good olfactory sensory function/distinction. (Continuous) Ability to lift materials up to 20 lbs., unassisted. (Infrequent) Ability to lift and carry 4 liter waste material bottles a distance of 30 feet, unassisted. (Frequent) Ability to lift and carry 25-30 lbs. jugs of liquid a distance of 100 feet, unassisted. (Infrequent) Ability to lift file boxes, from floor level to counter tops, unassisted. (Frequent) Ability to push/ Ability to lift 40 lbs. centrifuge rotors from floor level to height of 40 inches, then down 20 inches into centrifuge drum, unassisted. (Infrequent) Ability to lift 25 lbs. boxes, from floor level to maximum height of 72 inches, unassisted. (Infrequent) Ability to push/pull file boxes from one location to another at floor level. (Frequent) Ability to maneuver heavy equipment on bench tops, 50 lbs. or greater, unassisted. (Frequent) Ability to perform gross motor functions with frequent fine motor movements. (Continuous) Ability to maintain 20/20 vision, corrected. (Continuous) Ability to match or discriminate between colors, normally. (Continuous) Ability to hear and recognize various alarms emitting from work area systems. (Continuous) Ability to hear and/or understand conversations. (Continuous) Ability to work in a darkroom for processing film, etc. (Continuous) Ability to be qualified physically for respirator use, initially and annually. (Continuous) 


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