Research Specialist C - School of Medicine
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Under limited supervision, perform research experiments investigating the functioning of protein ion channels involved in cell signaling and human disease using biophysical and electrophysiological techniques, as well as related tasks. Perform electrophysiology experiments using patch clamp single-channel recording and other biophysical techniques. Perform analysis of electrophysiological recordings, including statistical analyses of the data using both custom-written and third-party software including IgorPro and Qub after being trained. Maintain and expand cultures of mammalian and insect cell lines. Monitor, maintain and organize reagents and laboratory supplies inventories to ensure adequate supplies for experiments (e.g. chemical and biological reagents, disposable wares, etc.); order supplies when necessary. Perform routine inspection of the laboratory, maintain accurate logs, write lab reports. Input computer data, organize and maintain computer data records. Design and trouble-shoot electrophysiological and biophysical experiments. Generate graphs and diagrams of publishable quality and contribute to preparation of scientific manuscripts and reports. Demonstrate techniques and train students and other lab members.
A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant scientific field and 3 years to 5 years of relevant laboratory experience or equivalent combination of education and experience required; Master’s degree preferred. Previous experience with electrophysiology strongly preferred; experience in biochemical and molecular and cellular biological techniques preferred including plasmid purification, restriction analyses, DNA sequencing, site-directed mutagenesis, cloning, viral transformation, expression in mammalian and insect cells, blotting techniques, cell fractionation, immunoprecipitation, and/ or immunolocalization. Must have strong organizational skills, excellent written and oral communication skills. Must be able to work independently and reliably.
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