This position assists in developing and conducting research projects, including experimental design, data analysis and documentation of experimental results.
Specifically, research projects will involve studies on small non-coding microRNAs (miRNAs) and how they regulate cartilage and bone development, homeostasis and repair. In vitro approaches will involve cell differentiation assays and mechanistic studies to understand how cellular pathways are affected by specific microRNAs. There will be opportunities to work with transgenic mice as well as pre-clinical mouse models of heterotopic ossification, osteoarthritis or fracture repair.
The candidate will work closely with the principal investigator to outline research goals, review relevant literature and design research protocols. They will be responsible for independently developing assays as well as data collection and analysis. The candidate will also present data at lab meetings, and assist with grant preparation and publication of results. The candidate will participate in routine daily functions of the laboratory as a team player.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Following instructions and discussions with the principal investigator, designs research protocols, including developing procedures for and performing collection, verification and management of data.
Assists with grant preparation and reporting.
Performs complex statistical analysis of data collected and writes interpretative reports. Verifies the correctness of the data submitted and makes recommendations based on these analyses.
Documents research topics and prepares and submits papers based on research work to publications and committees for publication or presentation to peers.
Solves practical problems relating to difficulties with equipment or test subjects. Suggests technical or procedural improvements in testing methods.
Conducts literature searches related to research project.
This position works in a laboratory environment with potential exposure to biological and chemical hazards.Â The individual must be physically able to wear protective equipment and to provide standard care to research animals.
Expertise in bioinformatic analysis of large data sets.
Solid basic science experience in a research lab setting.
Relevant training in cell and molecular biology, preferably related to RNA, epigenetics, metabolism, cartilage or bone.
Analytical, reasoning and problem-solving skills.
Ability to analyze and interpret statistical data and to communicate data in a clear, concise manner.
Computer literacy, including the ability to use a variety of software packages to analyze data.
Masterâ™s degree with four years of experience in research lab operations or an equivalent combination of education and experience equaling nine years.
$46,100.00 - $83,600.00 / AnnuallyThe salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one's qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
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