A Research Lab Specialist position is available in the translational research laboratory of Dr. Vinay Aakalu in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences in the Kellogg Eye Center at the University of Michigan, Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dr. Aakalu is an oculoplastics surgeon with research studying the biology of and therapeutic approaches to corneal and related wound healing and to lacrimal cell biology and lacrimal gland processes, thyroid eye disease, Niemann-Pick and related disease development and treatment. Our lab utilizes various cutting-edge techniques such as confocal microscopy, transcriptomics, proteomics, animal models of disease, cell/tissue culture models, and numerous molecular biology techniques to study how epithelia and immune components interact with potential therapeutics in various models of health and disease.
We are seeking a commitment from a highly-motivated individual who desires to contribute to research in a team based environment that involves collaborations with a variety of basic and clinical scientific experts. The candidate should have outstanding organizational skills, reliability and ability to multi-task between wet lab work and regulatory/written tasks. The candidate should show enthusiasm to participate in collaborative efforts with other research groups, work well in a team, and have a strong ability to multitask. Applicants with a background in state-of-the-art approaches (e.g., omics-techniques, microscopy, bioinformatics,) epithelial biology, cholesterol biology, neurodegeneration, ophthalmic biology and immune signaling pathways are strongly encouraged to apply.
Interested individuals should submit a cover letter, CV, and names and contact information of at least two references.
Interested individuals should reach out to Dr. Sebastian Werneburg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Under the supervision of the Principal Investigator or designee, the Research Laboratory Specialist, performs a variety of specimen preparatory techniques, wet and dry lab data collection, protocol and report development and writing and submission, organization and routine laboratory maintenance.
• Perform a variety of laboratory experiments using both routine and special techniques and methods • Assist with rodent handling and maintenance and animal experiments • Assist in more complex laboratory tasks • Collect, analyze, and process laboratory samples • Record results, organize data, and perform computations • Compile and analyze data. Perform computations using image analysis software, spreadsheets, graphing, and curve fitting software • Maintain laboratory supplies and equipment • Comply with all safety and infection control standards. Take leadership in maintenance of laboratory protocol and regulatory protocol compliance and development per university standards • Assist in writing the text of scientific publications and grants. Review literature. • Train new laboratory personnel, students, and collaborators • Design and execute protocols and experiments, modify protocols as needed, and may be responsible for own research assays and data collection • Perform other duties as required.
Bachelor's degree in Biological Science or equivalent experience, Master's Degree or Doctoral Degree preferred
4-5 years of experience
Knowledge of Microsoft Office products
Ability to perform duties independently Strong ability to analyze complex visual data in a quantitative and objective manner
Judgment and action skills required to solve commonly encountered problems
Previous experience working in rodent models, histological preparation of tissues, microscopy, and basic wet lab techniques including molecular biology and biochemistry is preferred. Experience with grant, publication, protocol, regulatory protocol writing and maintenance desired.
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