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Laboratory Technician - Dept of Anatomy

Company: Virginia Commonwealth University
Location: Richmond
Posted on: January 26, 2023

Job Description:

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine is a premier academic medical center located in the heart of Richmond. Accounting for almost half of VCU's sponsored research, the School of Medicine is internationally recognized for patient care and education. All full-time university staff are eligible for VCU's generous benefits package that includes: competitive health benefits, paid annual and holiday leave, retirement planning and savings options, tax-deferred annuity and cash match programs, Virginia Retirement System (VRS), professional development & certifications, tuition waiver, parental leave, caregiving leave and community service leave. Learn more about VCU's benefits here:

Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action university providing access to education and employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, political affiliation, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or disability.

Position Summary:

The Lafrenaye Lab at Virginia Commonwealth University is seeking a full-time laboratory technician. The successful candidate will be responsible for assisting the PI and other study staff and trainees with large animal surgeries, behavioral assessments, and tissue processing to investigate traumatic brain injury induced pathologies and potential therapeutic amelioration. This includes assisting in surgical preparation, during surgical procedures, post-surgery monitoring, and running behavioral tasks with mini pigs. The successful candidate will also assist with the processing and analysis of tissue for histological and molecular assessments and will help the PI in training newer students.

Position Responsibilities:

Assist with and conduct pig surgical and behavioral procedures (60%)

Cellular and molecular data collection (20%)

Immunohistochemistry/histology, imaging, and quantitative image analysis (10%)

Assist with Laboratory maintenance/management (10%)

Minimum Hiring Standards:

The minimum requirement for this position are a Bachelor's degree and a willingness to actively participate in translational higher order animal studies of traumatic brain injury. The ideal candidate will also have at least 6 months of work experience in a wet lab setting. The candidate should also have experience with at least 2 of the following techniques: animal surgeries, animal behavior, physiological monitoring of laboratory animals, immunohistochemistry, image analysis, and/or protein processing and quantification. Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a staff member at VCU.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience working with laboratory pigs is preferred, but not required. It is also preferable that the candidate have experience with multiple of the following techniques: animal surgeries, animal behavior, physiological monitoring of laboratory animals, immunohistochemistry, image analysis, and/or protein processing and quantification.

This position is open until filled.

This is a restricted position with no set end; continued employment is dependent upon project need, availability of funding, and performance.

ORP Eligible: No

UNIVERSITY JOB CODE: Lab/Research Technician 1-3 (34051 - 34053)

The School of Medicine continuously strives for our workplace and learning environment to reflect the demographic and social milieu of the communities we serve. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

Salary Range: 36,000-45,000

Position Details:

Department: Anatomy and Neurobiology

Employment Type: UF - University Employee FT

Restricted Status: Yes

FTE: 100

Exemption Status: Non-Exempt

Contact Information:

Contact Name: Ann-marie Taranto

Contact Email:

Keywords: Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond , Laboratory Technician - Dept of Anatomy, Healthcare , Richmond, Virginia

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