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The Lab Assistant will assist in investigating the cellular basis of brain energy metabolism. The goal of the research is to understand how mitochondria and other metabolic pathways maintain nervous system function and how these processes go awry in human disease.
Under supervision, the Lab Assistant will provide general lab support including maintaining common lab equipment, training and supervising students, ensuring the lab is clean, safe and in compliance with regulations, and maintaining the mouse colony and cell lines. The incumbent will also assist in research on mitochondria function in the mammalian cells using various standard research techniques and proteomics sample preparation. The Lab Assistant may also participate in the publication of scientific manuscripts based on experiments performed, when appropriate.
Graduation from college and one (1) to two (2) years of laboratory experience in cell biology, microscopy, immunohistochemistry; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Demonstrated experience handling and caring for lab animals such as mice.
Sensitivity to the needs and humane treatment of caged laboratory animals in compliance with AAALAC standards.
Demonstrated experience with and understanding of laboratory equipment, such as light microscopes, scales, pH meters, and gel electrophoresis.
Proven skill and knowledge to maintain an organized lab and stocks of essential supplies and reagents, purchase lab supplies and equipment, oversee equipment repairs, and ensure lab equipment is running efficiently and maintained properly.
Proven ability to hire, train and provide work direction to undergraduate student lab employees. Skill to train others in various lab techniques and procedures (safety precautions, preparation of media, dishwashing, equipment usage, laboratory maintenance, etc).
Demonstrated knowledge, understanding and experience with Safety Data Sheets, hazard communication and Injury and Illness Prevention programs.
Familiarity with a Chemical Hygiene Plan addressing safety precautions including appropriate clothing and shoes, safe handling of chemicals, and use of protective items. Willingness and ability to keep safety training current and consistent with research involvement.
Proven experience and skill with MAC or PC computers and programs, filemaking, spreadsheet, and graphics software; willingness and ability to update and increase computer skills and knowledge as needed.
Ability to learn new experimental methods, and work independently or collaboratively with other lab members, with accuracy and attention to detail. Proven ability to maintain confidentiality in matters related to work.
Successful and positive interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written), using tact, diplomacy, discretion, and flexibility with diverse personalities and situations. Skill to interact effectively with faculty, academics, students, and staff including those of diverse ethnicity, culture, and foreign nationals.
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