University of Rochester Technical Assoc I (S) - 213217 in Rochester, New York
Technical Assoc I (S)
School of Medicine & Dentistry
Full Time 40 hours Grade 051 Neuroscience
8 AM-4:30 PM; OCC WKENDS
The candidate will provide direct research and teaching support at the professional level. He or she will act as the primary laboratory research coordinator for the faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students in the lab. The purposes of the position are to manage laboratory operations, including to execute sophisticated research investigations in the field of systems neuroscience, to maintain the lab within compliance of law and university policies, and to train students and staff in the use of sophisticated equipment and complex experimental protocols.
Under general guidance and with latitude for exercising independent technical judgment, performs research related activities limited in scope and complexity in a specialized field. Responsibilities include most or all of the following, as well as other related duties:
Independently maintains and uses the lab equipment and the resources of the laboratory. Operates and ensures proper working order of experimental testing equipment, including but not limited to fluorescent microscopes, multiphoton imaging systems, animal behavior rooms, microtome, cryostat, fume hoods and behavior chamber; maintains computing capabilities within the lab. Works with appropriate IT staff to suggest equipment and software upgrades, and maintains lab computing facilities within compliance of university security policies.
Acts as laboratory manager and oversees the establishment and operation of research laboratory; supervises all undergraduate research assistants and staff; monitors graduate students completing rotations in the laboratory. Teaches staff and students in the use of sophisticated laboratory techniques and the use of equipment and complex experimental procedures; counsels them on research methods, experimental design, and on technical problems; orients new students and staff to the lab; ensures that all lab personnel complete necessary training following EH&S guidelines; maintains stock of related consumables as well as manages lab resources. Orders supplies and equipment, maintains the order and cleanliness of the lab. Troubleshoots equipment.
Under broad guidance and exercising independent technical judgment, performs sophisticated experiments using microsurger, brain sections, ELISA, Western blots, optical (imaging single photon and multiphoton) imaging and MRI and NRI imaging on rodents. Collaborates on design of experiments, facilitates development and adaptation of specific experimental protocols for a number of experiment types, and maintains the documentation for future use.
Maintains and ensures accurate records of all experiments; prepares tables and reports for University entities and external granting agencies.
Keeps abreast of the field of neuroscience by reading journal articles, attending laboratory meetings, and attending relevant University seminars. Contributes to preparing publications, presentation, and proposals related to laboratory research; searches literature for relevant material, drafts experimental procedures and results;
Provides animal colony management including accurate logging of surgical procedures, follow-up for electrophysiology and behavior, genotyping, and colony management.
Bachelor’s degree in with major course work in field of assignment, and 1 year of related work experience involving direct assistance to researchers; or any equivalent combination of experience, training and education.
Experience with animal research including surgical procedures, small animal monitoring, and imaging methods preferred as well as experience in training others in the use of complex equipment: experience in research lab desired.
Prior experience supervising and training laboratory personnel to run experiments preferred.
Strong attention to detail and ability to maintain well organized laboratory.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written.
How To Apply
All applicants must apply online.
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