The Researcher 2 will perform high-quality structured procedures in a fast-paced research laboratory setting. They will review study protocols, results, reports and collect data according to standard operating procedures and regulations. They will be responsible for communicating with the PI and management all study subject and protocol related correspondence. Various models are required for our biomedical research, a parallel research program at this center is focused on improving welfare/quality of life of study subjects used and enhancing the translational value of these models. As such, the employee must have interest in cooperative handling, enrichment, and behavioral management with study subjects. They will participate in induction, surgical procedures and post operative care. The translational and high regulatory research completed at PCRC requires attention to detail and the ability to follow precise written protocols.
The employee must be able to handle wearing appropriate personal protective equipment. When not occupied with routine tasks, the employee is expected to participate in other lab tasks as assigned to advance the team’s work.
Specific duties include:
Study Liaison – 80% • Independently collects physiological data according to study protocols, analyzes samples (i.e. Ha1c, iSTAT, creatinine). • Sets up and operates equipment for collecting data. • Prepares records for planned study procedures for hard copy data collection. • Assist with study subject handling for cooperation with care for complex study procedures. • Assist with implementation of studies and perform a variety of medical procedures according to study protocols i.e sample preparation for analysis, handling cells for transplant. • Independently collect data related to medical procedures on detailed records, including recording of: study subject evaluations, procedures completed, supplies used, senior staff communications, census information, etc. maintain meticulous records and collect data accurately in accordance with GLP guidelines. • Data management, including maintaining accurate reports, collecting and analyzing data sets for publication and final reports. • Critical disease model problem solving, etc.(i.e. hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia) • Organizes data into tables and text utilizing Microsoft Excel and Word; engage with senior staff and PI to ensure accurate interpretation and recording of data; maintain study subject research chart. • Responsible for sensitive and confidential material. • Conducts research in accordance with GLP regulations, maintain regulatory files • Perform and assist with surgical induction and recovery of study subject • Perform and assist with laboratory/surgical procedures including but not limited to, high risk infusions, medical device management, imaging, and surgery • Capable of evaluating emergency medical conditions and supporting ICU care under the direction of senior staff • Establish and maintain a working knowledge of the principles behind daily work. • Review enrollment criteria to determine study subjects eligibility. • Facilitate open and professional communication related to study subject and teamwork among a diverse team (researchers, students, DVMs, MDs)
Lab Support – 20% • Develops skills that are cross functional and uses time efficiently including helping other areas of the lab. • Find solutions to modestly technical or operational problems, typically resolving through standard operating procedures. • Maintains a clean environment and ensures that areas are adequately ordered, stocked and that equipment is in working order. • Calibrate equipment and be able to troubleshoot equipment properly • Initiate and revise lab SOPs as needed • Clean lab, instruments and equipment • Assemble instrument and packs as needed • Other duties as assigned by supervisor or Director • Assist with development of protocol for process improvement projects. • Participate in lab meetings/rounds • Participate and assist with training and educational programs and tours • Must adhere to safety and infection control policies and procedures. • Review daily schedule, prioritize tasks to manage, coordinate, and alter order of work flow
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials
Bachelor’s degree in a social or natural science with at least one year of related experience in the animal sciences, biological sciences, biomedical engineering or related health sciences, or a combination of education and work experience to equal five years.
At least 1 year of direct experience with animal models for medical research.
Experience with medical recordkeeping.
Must be willing to work a flexible work week
Must be able to lift 50lbs by oneself, must be able to sit and stand for long periods
Must rotate on an on-call schedule for evenings, weekends, and holidays
Desires a career that supports and promotes research
Problem solving skills, strong interpersonal skills, and working as a team member in a lab setting
Experience with conducting research according to scientific protocols and summarizing data for reporting.
Experience managing and coordinating research subject’s involvement in research program
Experience with animal models for medical research, specifically preclinical based therapies.
Utilize the research process and standards to perform protocol-specific procedures, detail-oriented and willing to be accurate in all aspects of data collection
Experience with conducting research according to GLP regulations
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