Staff Scientist, SMD
Under general direction and guidance of the principal investigator, with considerable latitude for exercise of independent judgment, provides direct research and research training support at the professional level by directing and executing small, complex research projects or major aspects of larger research projects; and provides extensive guidance to and/or directly supervises technicians, laboratory aides, graduate students, undergraduate students, postdoctoral appointees and professional staff. 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. The purpose of this description is for Doctoral level research and its use will be strictly regulated by review and approval of the Dean’s office to meet academic and research needs of the school and faculty.
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) and animal models to 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).
Designs and execute research projects or sub-projects, contributes to writing of research proposals, prepares regulatory documentation required for performance of research. Writes protocols for the conduct of research, which include: purposes of study, design of experiments, lists of materials and methods to be used and the schedule of activities. 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.
Analyzes and evaluates experimental data and interprets results within the scope of the study; assesses the importance of findings in relation to the general research program. Prepares written reports on all phases of laboratory work involved in research projects. Contributes to the design, interpretation and final writing of research publications – thereby meeting expectations for co-authorship of scientific publications.
Keeps abreast of trends in field of interest by reading current research literature, abstracting scientific articles of value in the prosecution of research problems, and attending and presenting at scientific meetings, seminars and research conferences.
Develops and installs operating procedures for the laboratory, and independently operates complex equipment.
Interviews, trains, supervises and evaluates staff. Directs initial training as well as continuous skill development of staff/trainees in laboratory techniques and instrumentation procedures. Counsels staff/trainees on technical problems; advises and assists staff/trainees with special research projects.
Doctoral degree with major course work in the field of assignment required
Minimum of 2-5 years of relevant postdoctoral training required.
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 preferred.
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Pay Range: $ 50,000 - $100,000 Annually
The referenced pay range represents the minimum and maximum compensation for this job. Individual annual salaries/hourly rates will be set within the job’s compensation range, and will be determined by considering factors including, but not limited to, market data, education, experience, qualifications, expertise of the individual, and internal equity considerations.
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Location: School of Medicine & Dentistry
Full/Part Time: Full-Time