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Medical University of South Carolina UNIV - Research Specialist I - Psychiatry: Brain in Charleston, South Carolina

FLSA: Hourly

Job Summary: A research specialist I position is available immediately at the sleep Laboratory of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science Department, MUSC, to conduct NIH-funded research on sleep disorder narcolepsy and Alzheimer’s disease. Candidate will perform laboratory histology procedures such as brain tissue sectioning and immunostaining, operate laboratory equipment, order laboratory supplies, handle small animal surgeries, breed and maintain mouse colony. Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology or related subjects are encouraged to apply.

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

Job Duties:

  • 25% - Perform intracranial injection in mice. Perform EEG/EMG sleep recording on mice. Record signals under baseline and different treatment conditions. - (Essential)

  • 20% - Perform Calcium imaging data analysis and score the sleep data with SleepSign and Inscopix software under the supervision of the PI. Research will be focused on sleep disorder narcolepsy and Alzheimer's disease. - (Essential)

  • 20% - Following standard chemical fixation protocols, perfuse and section rodent brains with microtome. Perform histology on brain sections including immunostaining. - (Essential)

  • 20% - Maintain rodent breeding colonies of transgenic mice including paring male and female mice, weaning pups, getting tail snips for geneotyping and keeping colony record. - (Essential)

  • 15% - Prepares laboratory records and maintain laboratory supplies - Orders and places laboratory supplies - (Essential)

Preferred Experience & Additional Skills:

Minimum Experience and Training Required: 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)