The Palo Alto Veterans Institute for Research (PAVIR) is seeking a Research Assistant to contribute to studies which focus on the development and functions of cells of the immune system and vasculature in models of autoimmunity and cancer. The Research Assistant will work with the Principal Investigator (PI), Eugene Butcher, M.D., lab manager, and associated staff to ensure the seamless operation of the lab.
PAVIR, located on the premises of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, is a mid-size nonprofit foundation, closely connected with the VA and Stanford University. We are a nimble organization, offering ongoing training, opportunities for growth, generous benefits, great work-life balance, as well as friendly, close-knit, and supportive environment. At PAVIR we work with more than 160 uniquely talented medical scientists across a broad spectrum of research areas. We recruit talented employees who believe in making a difference in the lives of others through innovative research.
This is a full-time (40 hours/week), non-exempt (hourly-paid) position. Location: Palo Alto, CA.
- Medical Insurance
- Vision Insurance
- Dental Insurance
- Sick Pay
- 13 paid Holidays
- Life Insurance – paid by PAVIR
- Long-term and Short-Term Disability Insurance – paid by PAVIR
- Flexible Spending Account
- 401(k) Retirement Plan with Company Match and Profit Share
- Wellness Program
- Commuter Benefits
- Professional Development Training
PAVIR is 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.
- Perform sterile tissue culture of numerous cell and hybridoma lines;
- Generate, test, and maintain hybridoma cell lines;
- Produce monoclonal antibodies and mammalian proteins in various preparations;
- Carry out large scale culture of specialized hybridoma cell lines for use in antibody preparation and in isolation of receptors;
- Perform cell-based assays when required, i.e., chemotaxis, T-cell differentiation and suppressive assays;
- Perform immunoassays, such as ELISAs and Western Blots;
- Analyze samples using flow cytometers and confocal microscopes;
- Assist post-doctoral researchers in experimental planning, execution, and data analysis;
- Collaborate and communicate regularly with other lab staff and with the PI to ensure project design, prioritization, and coordination;
- Perform animal procedures, such as tail vein injection and immunizations;
- Monitor and check on research animals;
- Dissect and process tissues from experimental mice;
- Expose mice to tobacco smoke using a cigarette-smoking robot;
- Assist lab manager with lab safety compliance and regulations regarding health, biosafety, safety issues, and research administration;
- Occasional travel to Stanford;
- Assist in the maintenance of the lab by inventorying and ordering supplies.
- Required: Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent experience) in biological sciences or in a related field;
- Desired: Master’s degree in biological sciences or in a related field.
LICENSE: Valid Driver’s License required.
- Required: 2 years of related experience, including:
- Experience with immunization and monoclonal generation, in vivo and in vitro T cell biology, and viral transduction;
- Experience with endothelial biology/angiogenesis assays;
- Experience with live research animals (i.e., mice and/or rats), animal surgery, and mouse models of tumor biology.
Knowledge / Skills / Abilities:
- Previous experience or exposure to wet lab academic research environment;
- Knowledge of immunology, principles of cell culture, and molecular biology;
- Knowledge of research procedures or protocol gained through education and/or experience;
- Ability to comply with proper research laboratory safety procedures and protocols;
- Ability to read directions and follow procedures;
- Ability to troubleshoot experiments;
- Excellent organizational skills;
- Familiarity with surgical procedures and proven manual dexterity to perform surgeries;
- Previous experience in a variety of research techniques/methods and follow-up data collection;
- Knowledge of laboratory safety rules and procedures;
- Strong computer skills (i.e., Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.);
- Strong analytical skills and excellent judgment skills;
- Ability to work under deadlines with general guidance;
- Ability to work independently and proactively with limited supervision;
- Excellent communication skills (written and verbal);
- Ability to multitask and be flexible about changing priorities.
Physical Demands: Lifting up to 20 lbs occasionally, standing, bending, repetitive movement, manual dexterity, etc.
Environmental Conditions: Exposure to a wet lab environment, research animals, blood borne pathogens, toxic/caustic chemicals or reagents. Occasionally travel to Stanford.
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
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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