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Laboratory Technician, Muscular Dystrophy Translational Research - School of Medicine / Neurology

Richmond

Laboratory Technician, Muscular Dystrophy Translational Research - School of Medicine / Neurology

  • req1877
  • Richmond, Virginia, United States, 23284
  • Neurology / 1590
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
Laboratory Technician, Muscular Dystrophy Translational Research Program - School of Medicine / Neurology

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 our generous benefits package that includes choices for health, vision, and dental coverage, life-insurance, short and long-term disability coverage, retirement planning, tax-deferred annuity and cash match programs, flexible spending accounts, tuition benefits, significant paid-time off, 12 paid holidays, and more. Explore our benefits further here: https://hr.vcu.edu/current-employees/benefits/university-and-academic-professional-benefits/

Summary

To join an active research laboratory in Neurology and to participate in a genetic nerve and muscle disorders program. This translational group is focused on understanding the molecular pathogenesis of the muscular dystrophies, development of therapies for these conditions, and developing biomarkers for use in clinical trials. This position would focus on laboratory work that would promote these goals through cellular models, sequencing of patient samples, and analysis of therapeutic compounds.

Duties and Responsibilities

• (50%): Bench Work with cellular models on the muscular dystrophies, including developing myoblast lines, culturing and differentiating iPSCs and maintaining neuronal cultures
o Perform PCR analyses for RNA splicing events
o Prepare DNA and RNA for sequencing platforms
o Prepare cell cultures and other tissue preparations for immunohistochemistry
o Isolate RNA and DNA for sequencing across various projects
o Prepare culture media
o Prepare other standard laboratory reagents

• (30%): Project Implementation
o Assist in development of project scope of work and protocol
o Implement and conduct the project in the lab
o Assist in data analysis
o Provide input in designing subsequent experimental methodologies

• (20%): Inventory and Equipment Maintenance Tracking
o Track inventory and request fulfillment orders as needed
o Maintain equipment calibration and preventative maintenance records and schedule appropriate service as needed

Essential Qualifications

• BS in Science
• 2 or more years of experience in a laboratory
• Experience with cellular models, processing samples, sequencing
• Experience working independently in a laboratory setting
• 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 with cell culture, PCR and protein analysis
• Experience with a team science approach

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.

This position is open until filled, with a priority application review date of July 1, 2022

ORP Eligible: No

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

UNIVERSITY POSITION: Lab/Research Technician

 

Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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