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Medical University of South Carolina UNIV - Research Specialist II - Department of Medicine: Cardiology in Charleston, South Carolina

FLSA: Hourly

Job Summary: As a Research Specialist II, they will work on surgical rodent models of cardiovascular disease. They will perform echocardiography and care for mouse colonies and cultured cells. They will provide technical support for a study that investigates the immune regulation of the wound healing response after cardiac injury.

Job Duties:

  • 30% - Small animal surgery performing myocardial infarct, ischemia reperfusion procedures on mice and rats. Use of micro-dissecting microscopes and high-caliber microsurgical instruments such as Castroviejo needle holders under aseptic conditions. - (Essential)

  • 30% - Maintenance of cardiac fibroblasts, macrophage, neutrophils, and T-cells in cell culture and process for biochemical or histological analysis. This includes techniques such as cellular proliferation and viability assays, immunofluorescent and histochemical staining of fixed cells, and electric cell-substrate impedance sensing wound healing assays. - (Essential)

  • 25% - Mouse husbandry, tail injection, and echocardiography - (Essential)

  • 15% - Maintain supply inventory for lab and keep lab in clean and organized fashion. - (Essential)

Minimum Experience and Training Requirements: A bachelor's degree in chemistry, biology, or other natural, life or health care science and one year work experience directly related to the assigned research area.

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)

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