University of Rochester Staff Scientist, SMD in Rochester, New York

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Full Time 40 hours Grade 055 Ophthalmology M&D;

Schedule

8 AM-5 PM

Responsibilities

Position Summary:

Under the general guidance of the principal investigator, the staff scientist will be responsible for independently overseeing and carrying out specific research projects in a Stem Cell and disease modeling lab at the University of Rochester Flaum Eye Institute. The current projects in the laboratory are aimed at using human model system of retinal degenerative diseases for investigating disease mechanisms and identifying drug treatments. This position will have an initial appointment of 1 year that can be extended on a yearly basis depending on performance and availability of grant funding.

Responsibilities:

The staff scientist will lead multiple research projects in the laboratory and will be responsible for designing and performing experiments, analyzing data, helping with manuscript and grant preparation, overseeing and training other lab personnel. The scientific research will be focused on utilizing human embryonic stem cells (hESC) and human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSC) to model and study retinal degenerative diseases. The suitable candidate should demonstrate the ability to carry out specific research projects independently under the guidance of the principal investigator (PI).

  • Independently conduct laboratory research project(s) under the general guidance of the PI. Perform cell and tissue culture on a required basis and conduct experiments as needed. The experimental techniques used will include tissue sectioning, immunohistochemistry, RNA and protein, RT and quantitative PCR, Western blotting, and immunoprecipitation. Other molecular and cell biology techniques may need to be utilized as dictated by the project and the candidate is expected to be able to self-learn and develop new techniques in the laboratory as required by the project.
  • Review current literature, design experiments, analyze and summarize data, write manuscripts and assist with grant preparation, attend and present data at laboratory meetings.
  • Train and oversee the work of technicians and students in the laboratory. Specifically, ensure that individuals on specific projects are trained to perform the required experiments and data analysis. Also as a project lead, assign specific experiment to other lab personnel and ensure the accuracy of experiments and data analysis carried out by them.
  • Other duties as necessary for completion of research project and work assigned by the PI.

Requirements:

Doctoral degree with major course work in the field of assignment and a minimum of 2-5 years of relevant postdoctoral training.

Preferred Qualifications:

Prior experience in retinal cell biology and cell culture is preferred; especially experience culturing and working with human stem cells and retinal cells. Experience with and knowledge of statistical and image analysis software would be advantageous.

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Job Title: Staff Scientist, SMD

Location: School of Medicine & Dentistry

Job ID: 207428

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Full/Part Time: Full-Time