Title: Research Assistant (Laboratory Technician GS-5 / GS-6)
Expected starting salary: $37,634 (GS-5) / $341,952(GS-6) + Benefits FTE: 1.0
This position is located in the Research and Development Service of the Portland VA Medical Center in Portland, Oregon to start in the next 2-4 months.
The goal of our laboratory is to understand neuronal signaling at the single cell and circuit level and identify and characterize which pathways are engaged in acute neurological disorders. The lab is interested in a variety of disease states such as stroke, epilepsy, alcohol withdrawal and delirium. We wish to hire a Research Assistant to support and guide the workflow of our many intersecting research projects. We seek candidates who are highly motivated, meticulous, observant, and have good eye-hand coordination. This position requires someone who can work independently and collaborate effectively with our team of researchers.
Formal or informal experience with at least one of the following is desired:
– Biological sciences
– Psychological/Neurological sciences
This position would be suited for someone with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in these fields, though it is not required.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Ability to perform single neuron physiology experiments.
Previous experience with electrophysiological, biophysical, and live cell imaging techniques would be advantageous but we expect to provide on-the-job training.
Analysis of data, construction of figures, and manuscript preparation.
SECONDARY JOB DUTIES
– Maintain lab databases and spreadsheets
– Organize and backup records regularly
– Prepare supplies for experiments, clean equipment, set up experimental space
– Keep the physical lab spaces organized, efficient, and up to institutional standards
– Tissue culture, biochemistry (protein expression, purification, and western blotting), molecular biology (gene cloning, sequencing).
Successful candidates will be able:
– to maintain a meticulous schedule and should show strategy and flexibility in order to respond to problems as they arise to ensure experiments can operate smoothly.
– to respect the rules and operating procedures of a lab environment
– to strategize with others to tackle large workloads and be willing to help others with projects
– to update several different groups of people on the status of projects
– to pick up new techniques quickly and be enthusiastic about the science and discovery aspects of our research
– to learn new software quickly and be skilled in basic computing (e.g., Excel).
If interested please contact Stephen Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org) with an application letter, resume, and contact information for 2-3 referees. Additional information about the lab can be found at http://stephensmith.pvarf.com/ or https://www.ohsu.edu/people/stephen-m-smith/4B2A280CE4A54EB2B2C67E3500964B9A