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Research Technician / Research Assistant - Cardiovascular Biology

OMRF (Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation)


Location:
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73104
Date:
10/11/2017
2017-10-112038-01-18
Job Type:
Employee
Job Status:
Full Time
Categories:
  • Bio-tech / Science
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Job Details

Department:

Cardiovascular Biology - Dr. Florea Lupu

 

Job Summary/Basic Function:

Our laboratory studies the processes that control blood clotting at the point where the blood and vessel walls interact, with focus on diseases of the cardiovascular system. We utilize mouse models and techniques in genetics, microscopy, molecular and cell biology, and biochemistry.

The position involves the management and breeding of our mouse colony, performing experiments utilizing various techniques, analyzing data, and contributing to laboratory management and oversight.

The successful candidate will have the demonstrated ability to perform, or be willing to learn, the following tasks:

  • Daily husbandry required to maintain the mouse colony healthy and within regulatory compliance, ensuring the highest level of animal welfare for research: breed animals especially for use in research; monitor pregnancies, care for newborn animals and monitor growth; select animals for studies; keenly document incoming animals and maintain logs of animals currently involved in experiments; help performing animal procedures including injections, oral dosing, surgery, manipulations, and dissections. Good understanding of the science supporting individual studies is required.
  • Routine technical duties: genotyping, DNA and RNA extraction, gene expression, microscopy, cell culture, ELISA, working with human and animal cells and tissues. The candidate will be expected to document procedures in a complete and accurate fashion and collect and organize data into tabular and graphical format.
  • Laboratory maintenance duties: preparation of culture media, reagents and solutions; autoclaving; ordering, stocking and recording lab supplies; assisting with maintaining equipment and lab reagent inventories.
  • Support duties include assisting faculty, post-docs and students in the development and execution of new research procedures and techniques.


Work Hours:

Typically Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5pm but must be willing to work overtime, weekend, and holiday hours.

Requirements

Minimum Qualifications:

BA/BS degree in one of the biological sciences, physics, or chemistry, or 4 years of professional, paid relevant laboratory experience.

Previous laboratory experience is required. Individuals with mouse work experience will be given priority, and candidates with relevant experience in other animal models are also encouraged to apply

Basic knowledge of Internet and Microsoft Office software. Must be detail oriented. Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills. Must have the ability to work independently after initial training.

Ability to read and comprehend instructions, short correspondence and protocols/procedures. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to compute basic mathematical operations, i.e., rate, ratio, percent, molarity, and unit conversion. Ability to organize and perform precise and accurate work when dealing with samples and chemicals.

Ability to speak effectively to present ideas and data analysis to supervisor, who will decide how to proceed. Suggest changes to experiments and procedures. Ability to exchange ideas and procedures with co-workers and other labs.


Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in animal research and/or husbandry;

Experience in molecular biology, biochemistry and microscopy (can be from college education experience): genotyping, DNA/RNA extraction, PCR; biochemistry and cell culture: protein assay, western blotting, tissue culture.

Must be willing to work in animal biosafety level 2 (ABSL2).

Must be willing to be immunized with licensed and FDA approved vaccines recommended for persons at risk to occupational exposure of biological agents.

 

Physical Demands:

Regularly required to stand, use manual dexterity, talk or hear; Frequently required to walk and reach with hands and arms; occasionally sit; frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds; vision abilities include close vision, color vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Potential exposure to fumes or airborne particles May work with toxic, caustic chemicals, radioactive materials, liquid nitrogen, human tissue or blood. Potential risk of electrical shock. Occasional exposure to cold 4C, and/or extreme cold -80C from freezers. Regular exposure to animal dander, animal fecal material and bedding material. Potential risk of animal bites or scratches. Noise level is usually moderate.


We offer attractive salaries & comprehensive benefits package.

 

To Apply: Please visit https://jobsearch.omrf.org/applicants/Central?quickFind=51779


Founded in 1946, the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation is one of the nation’s oldest and most respected nonprofit biomedical research institutes. Located in Oklahoma City, OMRF fosters a worldwide reputation for excellence by following an innovative cross-disciplinary approach to medical research.

 

OMRF scientists are dedicated to understanding and developing more effective treatments for human disease, focusing on such critical research areas as heart disease, cancer, lupus and Alzheimer’s disease. With more than 700 U.S. and international patents, OMRF ranks among the nation’s leaders in patents per scientist.


Visit http://www.omrf.org/ for more information!

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