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The goal of the research being supported by this position is to understand the biological mechanisms that support recovery of function after nervous system injury. Our lab has existing rodent injury-task models that enable us to test behavioral performance as they attempt a task following injury. The intent behind the injury studies is to understand mechanisms by which the brain and spinal cord can recover from damage after injury and to test various therapeutic strategies for improving functional outcomes after injury that may translate to future clinical applications for people suffering spinal cord and brain injury.
Under supervision, the incumbent will be responsible for carrying out functional testing in rats, assist in surgery, and other related tasks. This will include performing multiple aspects of animal testing, post-op animal care, and routine histological procedures. Additional duties include assisting the PI with the analysis of histological material, general lab maintenance, ordering supplies, maintaining a clean laboratory area, and other lab tasks as needed
Theoretical knowledge in Biological Sciences, Neuroscience or related fields, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Practical experience in animal behavioral testing (rodent testing preferred). Must be willing to work with rodents on a daily basis.
Experience with histological procedures including tissue preparation, tissue sectioning, performing routine histological and immunohistochemical staining procedures.
Ability to maintain meticulous records regarding all aspects of work performed in the lab and the ability to communicate this information to the supervisor upon request.
Solid computer skills using MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, email system, and a variety of statistical and analysis programs. Demonstrated ability to create and maintain databases, perform standard computer tasks, learn new programs/applications with minimal direction, and exercise fast and accurate typing skills.
General knowledge of the nervous system.
Excellent interpersonal skills including tact, diplomacy and flexibility with the ability to work in a team framework in conjunction with principles of community with staff, faculty, and students.
Excellent verbal, written, and electronic communication skills that facilitate professional and effective interaction with a diverse population.
Knowledge of EH&S regulations and methods for handling, clean-up and waste disposal for biohazardous materials.
Experience with basic lab safety requirements and procedures.
Knowledge of regulations and protocols for conducting animal research.
Ability to maintain inventories and order supplies.
Experience with stereological techniques and the use of stereology software (StereoInvestgator).
Knowledge of UCSD EH&S regulations.
Experience performing open-field and pellet-retrieval testing in rats.
Experience on cryostat.
Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
Must be available to occasionally work on the weekends to perform animal health checks.
Must be willing to work in an animal research related work environment.
Will be required to attend mandatory training classes to be educated on rules specifically regarding carrying out animal research at the VA to apply on a daily basis.
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