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Research Associate- Smyth Lab

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

Job Description

The Smyth Lab at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute is seeking a full time Research Associate to assist in general laboratory operations and conduct research experiments together with other lab members. This position is for a minimum of two years with the possibility of reappointment. Responsibilities include knowledge of and experience with general cell and molecular laboratory techniques, basic animal handling (specifically mice) and colony maintenance. Other duties will include basic laboratory management, including supply ordering, maintaining and preparing lab reagents, tracking laboratory expenses, and maintaining laboratory certifications and licenses.
Applicants should have a strong background or understanding of molecular biology techniques, in addition to implementation of relevant in vivo models. The Research Associate will manage the development of scientific hypotheses, design experiments, collect data, and write manuscripts in particular with relationship to viral myocarditis. Research Associates are an essential part of the scientific team and play a lead role in organizing and conducting the research experiments. The successful team member will be highly detail-oriented, organized, and skilled with monitoring and adjusting priorities, problem solving, and generally ensuring the day-to-day implementation of the research programs. Opportunities to participate in data analysis, and manuscript and/or grant preparation will be available for interested candidates.

Basic duties will include, but will not be limited to, working with laboratory animals; conducting in vivo experiments; analyzing and summarizing research findings; maintaining mammalian cell lines; performing PCR experiments for quantitative and qualitative purposes; providing instruction and assistance in the use of laboratory equipment and research methods and techniques to other team members.

Required Qualifications

• Masters in Biological Sciences, Cell or Molecular Biology, or Bachelor's degree with significant experience.
• Demonstrated experience working in a laboratory environment, preferably in an academic setting.

Preferred Qualifications

• Training with Laboratory Safety and/or Animal Handling
• Additional experience with lab management, including ordering supplies, maintaining lab materials, and maintaining equipment.


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Salary Information

Commensurate with experience

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Additional Information

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

About Virginia Tech

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