The Division of Cardiac Surgery seeks a Technical Research Assistant to join their interdisciplinary team and contribute to projects focused on cardiovascular disease. The individual will provide assistance and support to other researchers in the laboratory with ongoing experiments. These include time-sensitive processing of human aortic specimens and establishing, propagating and maintaining cultures of cells derived from the specimens. The successful candidate is expected to work under the general supervision of the Principal Investigator and will be trained for specific protocols. The candidate will also assist with general lab maintenance such as ordering supplies, chemical inventory, lab safety, and equipment maintenance. Experience with or knowledge in mammalian cell culture, vascular biology or extracellular matrix biology is advantageous.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Perform routine and non-routine experiments under general supervision;
- Assist in the maintenance of long-term tissue cultures of human cell lines and monitors cells for viability and contamination;
- In collaboration with PI or Research Manager, may assist in establishing new and modifying existing research techniques;
- Calculate, transcribes and analyzes data using advanced statistical techniques;
- Record data in a laboratory notebook;
- May perform literature searches and help to prepare presentations and written articles for publication;
- Coordinate schedule of tests and procedures;
- Ensure laboratory compliance such as biosafety and chemical activities.
- BS in biological science, bioengineering or related field.
- Experience in a research setting is advantageous.
- High degree of computer literacy;
- Sound analytical skills: ability to identify potential problems and trouble-shoot solutions;
- Good oral and written communication skills;
- Good interpersonal skills, professionalism;
- Good organizational skills: must be able to logically and effectively structure tasks and set priorities.