Visiting Research Specialist- Lazarov Lab- 2021 (Job ID #156072)
The Lazarov lab in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the
University of Illinois at Chicago is seeking highly energetic and organized
applicants for a full-time Visiting Research Specialist position. This role
will involve overseeing the maintenance of a biomedical laboratory which has a
large component of transgenic mouse colonies, and participating in both
scientific research and management of the lab. Our research focus is molecular
and cellular mechanisms of Alzheimer's disease and experimental procedures
include molecular and cellular biology, histology, microscopy and small animal
surgeries and behavioral tests. For more information about the lab, please
visit our website at https:// lazarov.lab.uic.edu.
The primary duties for this position are, but are not limited to:
1) Carry out mouse husbandry, colony maintenance, genotyping using PCR and
other methodologies, updating mouse colony records.
2) Maintain inventory of lab supplies and chemicals.
3) Ordering lab supplies and maintaining laboratory stocks.
4) Standardize and systematize comprehensive laboratory protocols while
maintaining accurate records of the work performed.
5) Preparation and implementation of general laboratory maintenance protocols
(e.g. safety, training, waste management, animal, etc.).
6) Ensure that laboratory procedures comply with all safety requirements.
7)Supervise and train new graduate and undergraduate students.
8) Test, optimize and implement both new and existing methods/techniques.
9) Collaborate with the PI and other lab members to prepare or perform
experimental procedures in molecular biology, immunocytochemistry, cell
culture, animal behavior, small animal surgeries, including craniotomy using
stereotaxic techniques and transcardial perfusion.
Qualifications: Past experience in mouse husbandry and colony genotype and
maintenance is an advantage. Enthusiasm for learning and gaining research and
lab management experience, and the ability to coordinate and supervise others
effectively are the most critical requirements of the position. The ideal
candidate will be self-motivated and organized, and strong communication
skills are a must. This position requires three years of previous research
experience, and a Bachelor's degree in biological sciences, preferably in
neuroscience, physiology or an equivalent discipline. Recent graduates seeking
to add to their undergraduate research experience with an eye towards a career
in laboratory research are especially encouraged to apply. The successful
candidate will commit to at least 2 years in this position.