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UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Research Assistant in IOWA CITY, Iowa

Research AssistantPosting ID118956DepartmentAnesthesia/Carver College of MedicineJobcodeResearch AssistantWorking TitleResearch AssistantDetailsPosition SummaryConduct research with members of the Xu laboratory to investigate the Acupuncture Analgesic mechanisms in chronic pain animal models developed in lab rodents. This is a temporary position working approximately 40 hours per week. The rate of pay is set at $36,000 annually.Position ResponsibilitiesResearchRead/review articlesRead/understand protocolsPlan daily research protocolsAnalyze literature to develop hypotheses for discussion with other team membersExperiments, Investigations, EvaluationsBreed and maintain transgenic mouse coloniesAssess spontaneous and evoked pain behaviors in conscious mice and ratsConduct aseptic survival surgery in lab rodentsApply acupuncture treatment in lab rodentsPerform molecular biology experiments including cloning, RT-PCR, and Western blottingPrepare lab reagents and buffersPerform immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization histochemistryAdminister drugs by various routesCollect, Analyze, Summarize DataCollect/track data, perform data entryGraph data for visual analysis and perform preliminary statisticsMaintain detailed records of experiments, methods and reagents usedPrepare data and statistic graphs for conference or paper manuscriptsAs skills develop, analyze data and present results at team meetingsProject Management, Administrative dutiesAssist with ACURF (Animal Care and Use Review Form) or similar protocol submissionsOrder lab supplies and animalsAdhere to and assist in documenting compliance with safety and regulatory guidelinesAssist in maintaining accurate lab databases (reagents, animals, equipment)Facilities and Equipment ManagementAssist in the calibration and maintenance of lab equipmentAssist in maintaining a clean and functional labEducation Required: A BA degree or higher, in biology, genetics, physiological psychology, neuroscience or closely-related discipline, or equivalent combination of education and experience such that one can conduct more advanced experiments than entry levelBasic Required QualificationsExperience handling conscious laboratory rodentsDemonstrated ability to properly prepare reagents, buffers and solutionsDemonstrated ability to use Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, PowerpointAble to communicate in a straight forward mannerStrong attention to detail and organizational skillsExcellent manual dexterityWillingness and ability to learn new skillsExcellent scientific writing skillsDesired QualificationsExperience breeding or maintaining mouse transgenic coloniesExperience with molecular biologyExperience observing animal behaviorExperience with immunohistochemistry or in situ hybridization histochemistryExperience with basic graphical or statistical programs like Graphpad Prism or SigmastatExperience with research paper writingExcellent working attitude and the ability to follow directionsPlease note that successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check.ContactWILLIAM XUEmail: william-xu@uiowa.eduApplication InstructionsTo apply, please email your Letter of Interest or Cover Letter along with your resume to Dr. William Xu, M.D., Department of Anesthesia. *All resumes will be reviewed and candidates who meet all basic required qualifications will be considered.Ad Start Date10/31/2019Ad End Date11/15/2019The University of Iowa prohibits discrimination in employment or in its educational programs and activities on the basis of race, national origin, color, creed, religion, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preference. The University also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to University facilities. Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply for all employment vacancies.