| Position Summary: |
High blood pressure affects one third of all Americans and contributes significantly to cardiovascular death, but mechanisms causing high blood pressure remain unclear. Our research group is exploring how electrolyte handling in the kidney contributes to high blood pressure and other disorders using both human data and mouse models.
The University of Pittsburgh is seeking a Research Technician in the Department of Medicine under the Division of Renal-Electrolyte. This research technician will be trained to perform the following supervised experimentation and analyses: animal handling (mainly mice), feeding, breeding, genotyping, surgeries, blood pressure measurement, and basic electrophysiology studies. Working with clinical and tissue samples, this technician will perform protein and metabolite measurements using western blot, ELISA, and flame fluoriometry.
This technician will order necessary laboratory materials, prepare laboratory reagents and will have a key role in cataloging animal activities. Computing skills, including minimal programming or experience with Microsoft Access would be helpful but not essential. Laboratory experimental procedures can be taught, but essential qualities for this position include ability to follow established protocols precisely; an accurate, thorough approach to record keeping; an ability to keep a tidy, organized work space; and an ability to work well with other research staff.
Hiring Range: $20,904.00 - $32,760.00
Education Required: Baccalaureate
Overall Related Experience Level Required: Less than 1 year experience
Additional Education And/or Experience Essential To the Position: Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Biochemistry or Engineering