The Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Internal Medicine is seeking a Research Technician Associate within the first two years of receiving their B.S. or M.S. degree to assist in experimental laboratory research work under the direct supervision of a faculty member in research projects related to inflammation and cancer of the hepatobiliary system with a focus on the biliary tract.
The techniques routinely employed in the lab include generating and maintaining tissue cultures, histology, qRT-PCR, mouse genetics. The applicant is required to be familiar with these techniques as documented by direct experience or indirectly through training in a lab that employed these methods. The applicant would be expected to demonstrate proficiency in these techniques within the first 4 months of hire. The candidate will work both independently and in a team environment on collection of data and analysis of research results, and should have exquisite record-keeping and communication skills. To enhance the education experience, the employee will have an opportunity to participate in the weekly lab meetings and didactic sessions.
Major duties include but are not limited to:
- Managing animal colony
- Performing animal tissue dissections, cardiac puncture, tissue fixation and sectioning
- Performing RNA/DNA isolation, PCR, flow cytometry, and Western blot
- Tissue culture (cell lines, organoids)
A degree in biology or related health science field (Bachelor's degree with 0-2 years of experience) and demonstrated ability to execute the duties described is required. Basic laboratory techniques and experience with tissue culture is required. The candidate must be willing to work with laboratory tissue samples including handling and surgical manipulations. Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work with others in a collaborative environment is essential.
Masters degree would be highly desirable. Working with live tissue, biopsy samples, histological sample preparation, RNA/DNA isolation, qRT-PCR and immunohistochemistry/immunofluorescence techniques are considered a plus.
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