Highly motivated individual sought for a Research Technician Associate in a high-caliber basic research laboratory studying cardiovascular disease in the Department of Internal Medicine, at the University of Michigan Medical School. The candidate will manage the lab's mouse colony including multiple lines of genetically modified mice, assist with lab maintenance, train new lab members, and assist investigators with experiments involving animals. A cover letter is required for this position.
Manage mouse colony and assist investigators perform research in molecular and cellular biology laboratory studying cardiovascular disease.
Mouse colony management includes: tagging mice and ear-clipping for genotyping; genotyping mice using PCR; maintaining mouse colonies through breeder-cage management; maintaining detailed Excel database of each mouse line.
Experiments involve: mouse drug administration and monitoring, performing rodent dissections, cell culture; transfections; western blots; DNA, RNA and protein purification and analysis; and other techniques used in molecular and cell biology labs.
General lab management includes: train and work with new personnel and undergraduate lab assistants; order and maintain lab supplies; assist with equipment upkeep and repair; assist with OSEH and AAALAC/IACUC regulatory compliance, responsible for ensuring lab documentation is up to date for safety inspections.
HS Diploma or Associate's degree.
2 years or more years’ experience as a laboratory assistant in biological science research laboratory
Experience working with genetically modified mouse models. Experience with mouse colony management, including PCR for genotyping
Must be detail-oriented, highly responsible with excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills
Ability to work independently with initiative, and collaboratively in a research team, and assist in teaching and supervision
Demonstrated experience with computer skills including with Excel for database management
Knowledge of solution preparation and operation of basic research laboratory equipment (micropipets, centrifuges, balance, pH meter)
Experience with cell culture, transfections and western blots
Unequivocally strong interpersonal and communication skills
Desire to learn, enthusiasm and supportive references
History of working well as part of a team
Bachelor’s degree or higher in biological science or related health field
Familiarity with UMich ordering systems, eresearch animal management system.
Knowledge of laboratory management, experience with OSEH and IACUC regulations.
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