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Medical University of South Carolina UNIV - Research Specialist II - Pathology and Medicine in Charleston, South Carolina

FLSA: Hourly

Job Summary: The Findlay and Turner Lab in the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine located at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina is recruiting a motivated and skilled researcher for a Research Specialist II position. The chosen candidate will perform experiments on a federally funded 5-year project to investigate ‘lifestyle associated reactive metabolites and their negative impact on breast cancer risk’. Predominantly using cell line and dietary mouse models, the research specialist will investigate the effects of Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs) on epithelial-fibroblast cross talk in the mammary gland microenvironment and its consequences to breast cancer risk.

Payscale Salary Range: UNIV-Band 5: $33,494.00 - $47,734.00 - $61,975.00 (min - mid - max)

Job Duties:

  • 35% - Mouse work: This includes mouse husbandry, genotyping and in vivo xenograft studies. Harvesting of organs and tumors from mice as well as downstream applications including embedding, slicing and staining, including immunohistochemistry. - (Essential)

  • 25% - Western blots and real time PCR: This includes the ability to extract protein and run gels, transfer and probe with antibodies and use automated gel imaging. RNA extraction, quantification using nanodrop, reverse transcription, and setting up probe-based real time plates. The ability to perform downstream analysis on acquired data. - (Essential)

  • 25% - Cell culture and functional in vitro assays: ability to maintain and freeze back cell lines and perform functional assays including proliferation, apoptosis, and viability assays. This includes cell counting, splitting and plating as well as staining cells. - (Essential)

  • 10% - Routine management of the lab activities. This includes routine preparation of lab reagents, preparation of shipments as well as receiving orders, preparation of common reagents and buffers, and maintenance of inventory of laboratory supplies. - (Essential)

  • 5% - Presentations; ability to present at lab meetings, journal clubs and local meetings. - (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.

Additional Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Preferred:

  • Bachelor's degree required

  • Requires an in-depth knowledge of relevant disciplines, processes or specialized fields

  • Good oral and written communication skills

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team from culturally diverse backgrounds

  • Prior experience in cancer biology, normal development or cell biology

  • Track record of productivity and independence

  • Experience with mouse models is preferred but not required

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)