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Working title:

Research Specialist

Official title:


Degree and area of specialization:

B.S. in Biology or a related field is required; Master’s preferred

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

Direct experience working with large animal models required, and at least 1 year of prior experience coordinating research projects is preferred (Prefix assignment determined by years of relevant post-graduate, professional work experience. A minimum of 7 years of relevant professional experience required for appointment at the Senior level). Experience with sterile technique is not required, but is an asset. Previous experience or significant interest in immunology and transplantation is an asset.

Principal duties:

Located within the Department of Surgery, the Division of Transplantation consists of several active laboratories studying all aspects of transplant Immunology. The research under investigation involves the development of a large animal model of transplant tolerance. The Research Specialist position will support this work by performing a broad range of responsibilities including, but not limited to:

50% Direct work with Animals:
-Perform and schedule research blood draws
-Perform and schedule apheresis procedures
-Perform procedures on animals including injections of medications
-Transport animals to off-site locations for procedures
-Communicate with veterinary staff any health issues or treatments
-Ensure compliance with IACUC approved protocol
-Train and supervise students working with animals

25% project management
-Assist in writing protocols
-Coordinate procedures among various institutions
-Maintain stock of various drugs and supplies
-Update and enter information into the Electronic Health Records system
- Catalog and organize existing lab supplies and equipment. Maintain equipment and order supplies.
-prepare and ship samples to collaborators
- Prepare or assist in the preparation of standard operating procedures, permits, progress reports, grants, conference abstracts, and manuscripts
- Maintain biological (BSL2) lab safety and hygiene.
- Attend and participate in regular laboratory meetings.

25% Laboratory research
-Isolate cells from blood
-Prepare DNA samples from cell preps
-Perform flow cytometry
-Participate in Journal Club to stay abreast of latest developments in transplant immunology

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