Keck School of Medicine: Integrative Anatomical Sciences is looking for Research Lab Technician II to assist in studies of hormones and social behavior in laboratory animals. This position involves , handling, surgery , and behavioral observation of rats and mice , basic neurohistology, data analysis , and general laboratory assistance (mixing reagents , ordering supplies). The ideal candidate likes working with animals, organized , detailed-oriented and interested in science.
Conducts behavioral studies in animals, including operant behavior for food and drugs, partner preference, motor function (wheel running, rotarod), and measures of anxiety (elevated plus maze, marble burying) and depression (sucrose preference, tail suspension); assisting with surgery and animal care.
Completes basic neurohistology, including brain sectioning, immunostaining , and sample preparation for Western blot and PCR.
Organizes collected data and information.
Conducts research experiments in accordance with laboratory and safety protocols.Â
Computes results for variety of research procedures, test and techniques.
Maintains accurate records of procedures used to conduct experiments.Â
Uses laboratory computer equipment to conduct analyses of experiment data.Â
Provides routine interpretations of analyses.
Maintain, calibrates and arrange for basic repairs of laboratory equipment.
Maintains research facility in orderly, operable condition.
Maintains security and safety of equipment , samples, specimens and data. Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.Â Â
Minimum Education: Associate's degree, Specialized/technical training, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum educationMinimum Experience: 2 yearsMinimum Field of Expertise: Working knowledge of laboratory equipment and research protocols. Knowledge of computer analysis techniques and ability to provide routine analysis and interpretation of research data.
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