Research Technician / Sr. Research Technician / Research Assistant / Sr. Research Assistant

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

Oklahoma City, OK

ID: 7067310 (Ref.No. 1938592)
Posted: June 29, 2020
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Posting Number: 000203
Position Type: Laboratory
Classification: Ongoing
Status: Full-Time
Department: Genes & Human Disease - Forsthoefel

Job Summary/Basic Function:
The Forsthoefel lab seeks an individual to join our effort to understand fundamental and medically relevant mechanisms of regeneration, using the intestine of planarian flatworms as a model. Responsibilities will be balanced between research (~75%) and laboratory maintenance (~25%). Research responsibilities will include assessing gene expression and function during regeneration using in situ hybridization, RNA interference, and microscopy. These efforts will require documentation of experiments and analysis of results, generation of figures for publications and grants, and participation and presentation in lab/departmental meetings and planning sessions. Laboratory maintenance responsibilities will include care and expansion of the lab's planarian colony, ordering supplies, reagent preparation, and general organization. OMRF is an independent, not-for-profit biomedical research institute adjacent to the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) campus in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City offers a dynamic and flourishing downtown area, with low cost of living, short commute times and a diversified economy. OMRF's excellence can only be fully realized by individuals who share our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Successful candidates will demonstrate commitment to these values. OMRF is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected characteristic.

Minimum Qualifications:
BA/BS degree typically in one of the biological sciences, or equivalent years of professional, paid, relevant laboratory experience. Aptitude with pipetting technique and calculation of solution molarity/concentration/dilution. Ability to record detailed procedures and results in lab notebooks, Excel spreadsheets, etc. Excellent organizational, communication, and time management skills. Able to work collaboratively in teams; self-motivated and able to work independently in areas of proficiency. Willingness to learn new experimental techniques and approaches.

Minimum Degree Required:
Bachelors Degree

Work Hours: Typically Monday-Friday, 8:30-5:00, but must be willing to work occasional overtime, weekends, and/or holidays.

Preferred Qualifications:
- College courses in cell, developmental, and molecular biology - One or more years of lab experience in cell, developmental, and/or molecular biology. - Lab experience in one or more of the following areas: laboratory animal care (worms, flies, fish, mice, etc.), histology/immunolabeling/tissue labeling, in situ hybridization, molecular biology (e.g., PCR, DNA electrophoresis), microbiology/sterile technique, microscopy, and/or basic bioinformatics (e.g., BLAST, CD-Search, Geneious/DNAStar). The successful candidate will receive additional training in these areas. - Active commitment to continuous learning and professional growth. - Candidates able to make a two year commitment are preferred.

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, airborne particles, or rodent dander. 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. Noise level is usually moderate.

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