The West Virginia University Research Corporation School of Pharmacy is currently accepting applications for a Research Technician.
About the Opportunity
As a Research Technician, you will beresponsible for providing assistance to the principal investigator, Dr. Jason Huber. Dr. Huber’s research is focused on preclinical investigation of experimental therapeutic effectiveness to improve health outcomes following neurological injury. Dr. Huber’s lab uses preclinic animal models, as well as cell co-cultures, to evaluate blood-brain barrier/neurovascular unit function as a therapeutic target to mitigate brain injury following ischemic stroke and traumatic brain injury.
At WVU Research Corporation, we strongly believe in work-life balance and keeping time for things we love outside our work. WVU Research Corporation offers a comprehensive benefits package with a variety of options to suit your needs:
13 paid holidays (staff holiday calendar)
403(b) retirement savings with a fully vested 3% employee contribution match, (Employees have the option of contributing an additional 1-3% of their earnings to the plan, which is also matched by the WVURC)
A range of health insurance and other benefits
Dependent Education Scholarship
What you'll do:
Animal procedures: Conduct various IACUC-approved laboratory animal procedures and techniques for research projects in the area(s) of experimental ischemic stroke and traumatic brain injury. Procedures to be trained on include, rat/mice handling and surgical prep, middle cerebral artery occlusion, use of blast tube to induce traumatic brain injury, artery/vein cannulations, injections/infusions, blood collection, euthanasia, basic neurological/behavioral measures, necropsy and tissue collection. Maintain accurate animal census and surgical/recovery records.
Laboratory procedures: Perform various standard experimental assays, including protein/RNA expression using a variety of biological systems, protein purification and characterization, quantitative real-time PCR, western blot, flow cytometry, and ELISA. Work in sterile conditions to conduct cell culture experiments and start/maintain the growth of cell lines. Collect and analyze generated data. Prepare sterile buffers and media for experiments. Label tubes for specimen collection and update/maintain sample inventories. Other areas of potential opportunity are in image acquisition and analysis using microscopy (transmission electron, confocal, 2-photon), laser speckle diffusion and microCT.
Regulatory compliance: Support regulatory compliance efforts as instructed by the Principal Investigator in accordance with IACUC, radiation safety and IRB standards. Maintain logs for various aspects of maintaining the surgical suite (autoclave/guillotine logs, ventilator inspections, expiration dates of surgical supplies and drugs, pipette, and balance calibrations, etc.).
Communication: Keep detailed records of all lab-based activities in a laboratory notebook. Provide progress updates and lab related issues to the Principal Investigator and other members of the lab in weekly lab meetings. Assist in organization and upkeep of laboratory supplies, workspace, and equipment in line with standards dictated by the Principal Investigator. Proper sterilization of supplies and lab instruments by autoclave. Assist in the development of standard operating procedures.
Teamwork: Work independently and collaboratively, including managing others in a hierarchal environment. Be able to successfully work with other team members on experiments and laboratory upkeep. Training of personnel on experimental assays, procedures, and projects.
Bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, engineering or related science field OR an equivalent combination of education and directly related experience. Master's preferred.
A minimum of six (6) months of experience working in a research laboratory. Relevant experience in a biological research laboratory setting is preferred.
Strong verbal and written communication, time management, organizational, and self-motivation skills. Willingness to learn new concepts and techniques.
Ability to follow oral and written instructions and ask questions when unsure of expectations.
Ability to maintain records and inventories.
Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
Ability to work in a highly collaborative environment with a diverse group of researchers. Ability to multitask on several projects at the same time.
Ability to read, interpret and follow documents/instructions/protocols regarding laboratory safety/compliance, operating and maintaining equipment and standardized operating procedures and protocols.
Skilled at using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Knowledge of general laboratory terminology. Knowledge of medical terminology would be helpful.
Proficiency with general laboratory techniques and methods, including preparing solutions, using basic laboratory equipment (pH meters, balances, pipets, centrifuges, incubators, etc.)
Medical Monitoring -- This position may or may not require Medical Monitoring, including periodic health monitoring and/or training.
Physical Demands & Physical Coordination:
Work will be performed in a standard laboratory environment including using computers and laboratory equipment with electrical connections. The applicant must comply with all laboratory safety procedures and clothing/equipment requirements. Exposure to laboratory animals and biological samples is expected; protective measures and safety training will be provided. The applicant will have close mentorship and training with Dr. Huber but should have the ability to work independently as part of a research team.