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Research Assistant

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Work type: Staff
Senior management: Vice President for Research
Department: Fralin Biomedical Res. Institute
Location: Roanoke Campus
Categories: Research / Scientific

Job Description

A full-time Research Assistant is being sought to support multiple projects in the lab of Dr. Rob Gourdie at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at Virginia Tech Carilion in Roanoke, Virginia. Research in the Gourdie lab focuses on the role of connexins in the injury response - including those resulting from heart attack (myocardial infarction) and radiation injury. Specifically, current projects examine targeting of injured cells and tissues using connexin targeting therapeutics via exosome-based drug delivery devices. Research Assistants are a critical part of the scientific team and are responsible for technical assistance with experiments on cultured cells and animal models, data processing and management, ordering of lab supplies and equipment, and maintenance of equipment and work areas. A successful team member will be highly motivated, detail-oriented, and organized with strong communication skills.

Required Qualifications

• BA/BS degree in biology or related field.
• Prior research experience is preferred, but not required.
• Strong communication, interpersonal, organizational and team skills.

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The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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