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Medical University of South Carolina UNIV - Research Specialist - Biochemistry & Molecular in Charleston, South Carolina

FLSA: Hourly

Job Summary: To conduct laboratory analytical procedures, operate laboratory equipment, order laboratory

supplies, handle small animals, breed and maintain mouse colony.

Payscale Salary Range: UNIV-Band 4: $27,527.00 - $39,228.00 - $50,930.00 (min - mid - max)

Job Duties:

  • 30% - Maintain transgenic mouse colony and breeding of small animals - Breeding of mice with minimal supervision - Tail clipping and genotyping of mice - Assist animal experiments for postdoctoral fellows - (Essential)

  • 20% - Performs mammalian tissue culture - Grows, maintains, expands, and treats mammalian cell lines - Develops, evaluates and implements new or modified culture procedures - Improves laboratory methods of primary tissue culture - (Essential)

  • 20% - Performs DNA/RNA/Protein analysis - Extracts DNA/RNA/Protein from mammalian cells. - Analyzes DNA/RNA/Protein by PCR, Northern Blot, and Western Blot - (Essential)

  • 15% - Prepares laboratory records - Prepares daily records of experimental procedures and results - (Essential)

  • 10% - Prepares laboratory records and maintain laboratory supplies - Orders and places laboratory supplies - (Essential)

  • 5% - Upon request, performs other tasks requested by faculty to maintain a smooth operation of laboratory - Performs collaborations with inside and outside colleagues - (Essential)

Minimum Experience and Training Requirements: A high school diploma and two years work experience in a clinical or research setting; a bachelor's degree in chemistry, biology, or other natural, life or health care science may be substituted for the two years of required experience.

Physical Requirements: Ability to perform job functions in an upright position. (Frequent) Ability to perform job functions in a seated position. (Continuous) Ability to perform job functions while walking/mobile. (Frequent) Ability to climb, using step stool. (Infrequent) Ability to work in temperature extremes (32? F to 100? F) when required due to assignments in cold rooms and/or foreign countries. (Infrequent) Ability to work in confined/cramped spaces. (Continuous) Ability to bend at the waist. (Frequent) Ability to twist at the waist. (Frequent) Ability to fully use both hands/arms. (Continuous) Ability to perform repetitive motions with hands/wrists/elbows and shoulders. (Frequent) Ability to fully use both legs. (Frequent) Ability to reach in all directions, stretch, bend, while moving items/materials from both sitting and standing positions. (Frequent) Ability to maintain good olfactory sensory function/distinction. (Continuous) Ability to lift materials up to 20 lbs., unassisted. (Infrequent) Ability to lift and carry 4 liter waste material bottles a distance of 30 feet, unassisted. (Frequent) Ability to lift and carry 25-30 lbs. jugs of liquid a distance of 100 feet, unassisted. (Infrequent) Ability to lift file boxes, from floor level to counter tops, unassisted. (Frequent) Ability to push/ Ability to lift 40 lbs. centrifuge rotors from floor level to height of 40 inches, then down 20 inches into centrifuge drum, unassisted. (Infrequent) Ability to lift 25 lbs. boxes, from floor level to maximum height of 72 inches, unassisted. (Infrequent) Ability to push/pull file boxes from one location to another at floor level. (Frequent) Ability to maneuver heavy equipment on bench tops, 50 lbs. or greater, unassisted. (Frequent) Ability to perform gross motor functions with frequent fine motor movements. (Continuous) Ability to maintain 20/20 vision, corrected. (Continuous) Ability to match or discriminate between colors, normally. (Continuous) Ability to hear and recognize various alarms emitting from work area systems. (Continuous) Ability to hear and/or understand conversations. (Continuous) Ability to work in a darkroom for processing film, etc. (Continuous) Ability to be qualified physically for respirator use, initially and annually. (Continuous)