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Under supervision, the SRA 1/Spinal Cord Injury Researcher will be the primary staff research associate to support a research group that studies axon regeneration in the mammalian CNS using mouse models of spinal cord injury. Responsibilities may include but are not limited to: lab maintenance, mouse genotyping and colony management, animal surgery assistance, post-operative care, behavioral analysis, tissue dissection and processing, histology and immunohistochemistry, microscopy, supervising undergraduate assistants.
Theoretical knowledge of Biology, Chemistry, or Neuroscience; or equivalent education and experience.
Demonstrated ability to perform a variety of experimental and surgical procedures.
Proven ability to operate general laboratory equipment including Balance, pH meter, and centrifuge.
Demonstrated knowledge of molecular biology techniques, including PCR.
Ability to perform histological procedures such as perfusion, tissue sectioning, staining, and coverslipping, and solution preparation.
Demonstrated ability in handling and preparation of solutions, chemicals, and drugs.
Demonstrated ability to follow protocols precisely, and ability to troubleshoot protocols.
Solid skill in accurate record keeping. Ability to organize/analyze/calculate data and produce results in graphic or visual formats.
Ability to troubleshoot equipment, make minor repairs and modify existing equipment and devices.
Strong computer skills using MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, email, and variety of web-based programs. Ability to create and maintain databases, perform standard computer tasks, learn new programs/applications with minimal direction, proficient experience with Macintosh and P.C. platforms.
Excellent interpersonal skills including tact, diplomacy and flexibility with the ability to work in a team framework in conjunction with principles of community with Principal Investigator, researchers, staff, and others.
Solid time management and strong organizational and multitasking skills. Ability to take initiative and participate in consultations and discussions regarding procedures, sharing knowledge, and willingness to learn from others.
Excellent verbal, written, and electronic communication skills that facilitate professional, effective, and courteous interaction with a diverse population.
Knowledge to read and use Material Safety Data Sheet's. Knowledge of basic lab equipment, maintenance, and safety requirements/procedures; EH&S regulations and methods for handling, clean-up, and waste disposal for biohazardous materials.
Experience in spinal cord injury or related research.
Familiar with the central nervous system and specifically, the spinal cord combined with the ability to perform spinal cord and brain surgeries on mice.
Ability to learn new surgical procedures as needed.
Experience conducting animal genotyping and managing colony breeding. Knowledge and proven ability to perform postoperative care for mice.
Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
Must be willing to work with mice, including euthanizing mice and post-operative care.
Must be able to work evenings and/or weekends as needed to accommodate experiments.
Must be willing to work with radioactive and hazardous materials.
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