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Research Assistant needed to accomplish studies within the Traumatic Nerve Technologies Laboratory within the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics. The primary research project for this position focuses on brain injury and potential treatments which may enhance recovery from injury. Animal models will be used to conduct experiments to determine the cognitive and histological response to trauma. Various brain assessments will be conducted following exposure to differing levels of impact. Brain injury will be assessed using molecular techniques, MRI and specialized microscopy measurements. An increased emphasis on assessing brain injury and repair will involve histological and molecular evaluation of tissues. Additional work will be done to evaluate blood levels of specific biomarkers in order to understand the injury severity and recovery patterns.
- Experience such as coordinating and directing research projects. - Experience and knowledge in using microscopes. - Knowledge in molecular biology techniques such as RT-PCR, Western Blotting. - Experience in tissue sectioning and histological staining. - Experience in a wet lab setting. - Proficiency with software such as Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint). - Insightful data analysis/statistics skills. - Enthusiastic team player with the ability to work with other professionals in a close-knit, dynamic group. - Excellent communication skills and ability to train and manage undergraduate students. - Strong ownership/responsiveness to issues. - Applicant must be eligible to pursue a DoD security clearance (US Citizen, Green Card Holder, or Permanent Resident).
- Bachelor’s degree in related field or equivalent training and/or experience. - Experience with histological techniques.
Employee Category: Staff (Salary)
Appointment Type: Regular
Percent Employment: Full-time
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