Life Sciences Research Assistant - Oxidative Stress
Palo Alto Veterans Institute for Research (PAVIR)
Location: Palo Alto, California
Salary: $28.00 - $33.00 - Hourly
Higher Education Institution
Internal Number: 2809359
The Palo Alto Veterans Institute for Research (PAVIR) is seeking a full-time Life Sciences Research Assistant. The Research Assistant will assist in the execution and support of research projects and daily management of a wet lab environment under the direction of the Principal Investigator (PI), Ting-Ting Huang, Ph.D.
This position will join the laboratory that studies the role of oxidative stress in tissue damage and degeneration, especially in the nervous system. The research tools include mouse models generated from chemical/physical exposure, surgery, and genetic manipulations, behavioral assessments, immunological, biochemical and molecular biological analyses.
This is a full time 40 hr/week position. We offer comprehensive health insurance, vacation, sick pay, generous 401(k) with a fully vested 6% company match and 3% profit share, and supportive environment. Plus, we pay for life, short-term disability, and long-term disability insurance.
JOB RESPONSIBILITIES OF A RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Perform animal procedures for various research projects. This will include, but not limited to, exposing mice to Gulf War related chemicals and stress, intracranial injection of tumor cells, surgical removal of kidneys, drug administrations, blood collection, perfusion and tissue collection.
Tissue processing and analysis. This will include tissue sectioning and/or processing, immunohistochemical staining, western blotting, biochemical analysis, molecular biological analysis, imaging and data analyses.
Perform behavioral studies to assess cognitive functions and motor activities in experimental animals.
Track general lab supplies and order all reagents and supplies needed in the lab.
Perform routine organization in the lab, including maintaining chemical inventory, managing chemical waste disposal, attending monthly safety meetings and performing as a safety officer in the lab, and preparation of common buffers;
1-2 years of research experience during or after college;
Experience in handling live research animals (i.e. mice and/or rats); animal breeding and/or colony management;
Experience in conducting behavioral assessments on rodents;
Desired: Bachelor's degree in Biology, Behavioral Neuroscience, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or in a related field; Emphasis on animal behavioral studies and classes;
2+ years of related experience in a research environment, including simple animal surgeries and animal behavioral studies; Previous experience with wet lab management duties;
Previous experience and training in general lab skills such as micro-pipetting, protein measurements, PCR analysis, and tissue homogenization;
Previous experience with cell biology, immunology techniques, and biochemistry;
Previous experience with immunoassays, including western blotting and ELISA;
Ability to analyze scientific data and problem solve experiments including routine calculations of dilution factors and solution concentrations;
Good communication skills (written and verbal);
Some knowledge of research procedures and protocols gained through education or experience;
Previous experience in a variety of research techniques/methods and follow-up data collection;
Knowledge of laboratory safety rules and procedures;
Ability to work within a team context and collaborate with other lab personnel;
Solid record keeping skills to maintain a research notebook with day-to-day experiment procedures and results;
Good organizational skills;
Good computer skills including email communication, MS Word, and Excel.
ABOUT PALO ALTO VETERANS INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH (PAVIR)
PAVIR engages in the administration of funds and providing support for the conduct of research at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) to find new and improved ways to combat human disease and help people with disabilities. At PAVIR we work with more than 160 uniquely talented medical scientists. Our researchers have an active appointment with the VA Palo Alto Health Care System and maintain academic appointments with Stanford University. We recruit and retain talented employees who believe in making a difference in the lives of others through innovative health research.
PAVIR is a nonprofit foundation affiliated with the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS). As a condition of employment, all PAVIR employees are required to have an approved appointment with VAPAHCS and complete a background check before they can commence work.
PAVIR is pleased to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities, Women, Veterans, and Individuals with a Disability are encouraged to apply. We welcome and encourage diversity in the workplace regardless of race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need special assistance or an accommodation to apply for a posted position, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org - Human Resources department.
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About Palo Alto Veterans Institute for Research (PAVIR)
The Palo Alto Veterans Institute for Research (PAVIR) engages in nonprofit medical research and works with sponsors and the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) in administering funds for conducting research to find new and improved ways to combat human disease and help people with disabilities. Please refer to our website for additional information: www.pavir.org