Palo Alto Veterans Institute for Research (PAVIR) is looking for a Research Assistant to join Ngan Huang’s Research Lab and support investigations that study stem cell and tissue engineering approaches to treat vascular disease and muscle injury.
ABOUT THIS ROLE
The Research Assistant will support ongoing research projects in a wet laboratory setting under the direction of Dr. Ngan Huang, Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stanford University and Principal Investigator at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System. The Research Assistant will perform small animal surgeries and analysis using histology. In addition, the research assistant will be responsible for detailed compliance tracking, as well as safety protocols.
This is a full-time position, located in Palo Alto, CA.
We encourage you to apply if you are knowledgeable in molecular and stem cell biology and have experience with animal handling, working with research animals or performing rodent procedures.
PAVIR offers generous benefits, including comprehensive health insurance, vision, dental, 13 paid holidays, paid vacation time, sick pay, a 401(k) with a fully vested 6% company match and 3% profit share, a wellness program, commuter benefits, and professional development training. Plus, we pay for life, short-term disability, and long-term disability insurance.
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 most 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.
JOB RESPONSIBILITIES OF A RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Conduct rodent surgeries under the supervision of the PI.
Section tissues, perform histology and immunohistochemistry analysis.
Order reagents for the lab and maintain appropriate working environment.
Maintain compliance with safety regulations (i.e., self-inspections, chemical inventories, etc.).
Manage required safety protocols for animals, biohazards, and stem cells under the overall direction of the PI.
Occasional travel to Stanford University.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR A RESEARCH ASSISTANT
A Bachelor’s degree (or senior-year Bachelor student with a graduation date scheduled for 2021) or equivalent experience, including coursework and/or knowledge of molecular biology, anatomy, and physiology
Animal handling experience is required
Valid Driver’s License is required
Experience working with research animals and performing rodent procedures desired
Experience working in a research environment desired
Understanding of basic molecular biology and stem cell biology
Ability to perform surgery on rats and mice as needed
Dexterity and hand coordination to perform rodent survival surgeries
Some knowledge of research procedures and protocols gained through education or experience
Ability to develop skills in rodent surgeries (i.e., muscle injury models)
Knowledge of scientific research methodology and data analysis skills
Strong reasoning skills in order to troubleshoot experiments
Ability to grasp concepts in scientific papers for key methods or findings to support research
Ability to work in a team
Ability to multi-task several projects at the same time.
ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS: Exposure to office and hospital/clinical environment. Exposure to rodents and imaging equipment (bioluminescence imaging, laser Dopper spectroscopy). Some exposure to bloodborne pathogens. Occasional travel may be required to Stanford University.
READY TO JOIN OUR RESEARCH TEAM? If you feel that you would be right for this job, please fill out our initial 3-minute, mobile-friendly application. We look forward to meeting you!
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