As one of the founding basic science departments at IU School of Medicine, the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology has a long-standing and diverse history of anatomical science education and research dating back a hundred years. Today, modern anatomy as a scientific discipline encompasses cell and molecular biology, neuroscience, developmental biology, evolution, vertebrate paleontology, and anthropology, and this area of medicine leads the way in imaging technology and imaging-based research.
The Histology and Histomorphometry Laboratory is a part of the Indiana CTSI Bone and Body Composition Core and a Core laboratory for the Indiana Center for Musculoskeletal Health (ICMH). It serves the function of providing histological services to the research community across the IUSM and IUPUI campuses, and throughout the CTSI consortium. The Histology and Histomorphometry Core is seeking a Research Analyst. The Research Analyst assists with administrative and research processes for the Core. This includes developing protocols and high quality tissue sections for PIs. The person in this position will work on embedding, sectioning and staining sections of diverse tissues. This person will be working side-by-side with the Supervisor of the Core assisting administrative decisions related to all laboratory operations, while performing significant bench laboratory work. The ideal person will be able to work independently, but in consultation with the laboratory director.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
The Research Analyst will use established protocols or develop novel protocols in cooperation with PIs and Core Supervisor to perform tissue embedding in both paraffin and methyl methacrylate, section tissue samples and perform basic and specialized staining procedures and demineralize bone tissues. Maintain laboratory equipment and protocols. Histological processing.
The Research Analyst will supervise Core staff members who will assist in carrying out these duties.
Communicate with PI's to evaluate, design and implement Histological services to assess musculoskeletal phenotype or interventional effectiveness. Communication is carried out by e-mail, telephone, or face-to-face meetings with investigators to determine how to proceed with a project. These meetings are crucial to bring all relevant details to the forefront to ensure that projects are carried out to the expectations of all parties.
Train members of ICMH laboratories (and their lab members) in various aspects of work (Prepping, processing and staining techniques) within the core facility.
Bachelor’s degree in science or health related field and three years of experience in histology or as a research biologist.
Combinations of education and related experience may be considered.
Strong understanding of scientific theory and practical knowledge methodology. Knowledge of standard histological staining methods. Knowledge of static and dynamic quantitative microscopy techniques using using two different systems (Bioquant and Osteometrics). Supervisory/managerial skills. Knowledge of tissue microanatomy. Experience with Excel spreadsheets. Ability to effectively communicate and exchange information.
Working Conditions/Physical Demands:
Ability to perform duties and responsibilities with or without accommodations.
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