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Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehab
This is an on-site, full-time, term position (up to 12 months) with potential to be extended. A Research Assistant 2 is sought to be part of an energetic and fast-paced team of scientists in the Department of Orthopaedics, focused on Translational Research of the body's response to injury. This individual will work in conjunction with senior laboratory members and individually to conduct multiple assays measuring inflammation, coagulation, and fibrinolysis on human and animal samples. Applicants Must: *Have a background in research, with 1-3+ years of bench or clinical laboratory experience. oPreferred expertise in ELISA, flow cytometry, multiplex, or plate-based assays oMust be proficient at pipetting, laboratory math, and dilution calculations. oMust be proficient at preparing basic laboratory solutions required for assay conduction. oPreferred work experience in a clinical laboratory setting and experience handling human samples. oPreferred expertise in basic cell culture procedures. *Be willing to collaborate with graduate and medical students. *Have excellent record keeping skills and organization. Applicant must be proficient in digital data handling (Excel, with preferred experience with REDCap) *Be reliable and punctual to obtain data at the designated points. *Applicants should be able to work proficiently, both independently and in a team.
This position may require the individual to: *Handle human and animal samples *Perform ELISA/Multiplex analysis on blood samples *Conduct flow cytometry-based experiments *Conduct plate-based assays to assess coagulation and fibrinolysis *Organize and maintain records of all data collected throughout studies *Manage experimental setup and preparations before assays *Analyze data and prepare publication-quality figures *Collaborate with clinical personal such as nurses to obtain patient samples *Maintain patient research records in a HIPPA-compliant manner *Assess and store clinical data within a secure REDCap Database.
JOB SUMMARY Under moderate supervision, set up, conduct experiments, and continue research projects following protocols including the appropriate recording of data and reporting of standard or variant results. Assist in other laboratory and research functions.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES * Under moderate supervision, conduct and evaluate experiments and assays * Understand and follow experimental protocols (may include animal handling, tissue culture, etc.) * Record, compile, interpret, and communicate data/results * Follow University safety protocols (may include use of combustibles, radioactivity, toxic material, and/or carcinogens) * Perform calculations involving molarity, % solutions, and serial dilutions * Prepare, operate and troubleshoot equipment in experimental procedures * Read and follow all equipment manuals * Maintain and repair equipment according to manufacturer and University guidelines * Ensure Laboratory is prepared for experiments * Maintain inventories * Maintain sterile conditions as required * Prepare reagents * Demonstrate an understanding of acceptable procedures and techniques * Recognize problems and suggest solutions * Assist in modifications as directed * Provide appropriate written documentation of experiments * Prepare preliminary research progress reports * Summarize test results appropriately
A Term position is a staff position that exists for a period longer than six months but is not expected to last beyond one year. Although a position may exist for a specified or indefinite period, staff who accept term positions are not guaranteed employment for the entire period; they are employed for indefinite periods within the limit of the appointment. There are no guarantees of continued employment, either within the term or when the term ends.
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Organizational Impact: Executes job responsibilities with the understanding of how output would affect and impact other areas related to own job area/team with occasional guidance. Problem Solving/ Complexity of work: Analyzes moderately complex problems using technical experience and judgment. Breadth of Knowledge: Has expanded knowledge gained through experience within a professional area. Team Interaction: Provides informal guidance and support to team members.
Core Capabilities :
Supporting Colleagues:- Develops Self and Others: Invests time, energy, and enthusiasm in developing self/others to help improve performance e and gain knowledge in new areas.- Builds and Maintains Relationships: Maintains regular contact with key colleagues and stakeholders using formal and informal opportunities to expand and strengthen relationships.- Communicates Effectively: Recognizes group interactions and modifies one's own communication style to suit different situations and audiences. Delivering Excellent Services:- Serves Others with Compassion: Seeks to understand current and future needs of relevant stakeholders and customizes services to better address them.- Solves Complex Problems: Approaches problems from different angles; Identifies new possibilities to interpret opportunities and develop concrete solutions.- Offers Meaningful Advice and Support: Provides ongoing support and coaching in a constructive manner to increase employees' effectiveness. Ensuring High Quality: - Performs Excellent Work: Engages regularly in formal and informal dialogue about quality; directly addresses quality issues promptly.- Ensures Continuous Improvement: Applies various learning experiences by looking beyond symptoms to uncover underlying causes of problems and identifies ways to resolve them. - Fulfills Safety and Regulatory Requirements: Understands all aspects of providing a safe environment and performs routine safety checks to prevent safety hazards from occurring. Managing Resources Effectively: - Demonstrates Accountability: Demonstrates a sense of ownership, focusing on and driving critical issues to closure.- Stewards Organizational Resources: Applies understanding of the departmental work to effectively manage resources for a department/area.- Makes Data Driven Decisions: Demonstrates strong understanding of the information or data to identify and elevate opportunities. Fostering Innovation:- Generates New Ideas: Proactively identifies new ideas/opportunities from multiple sources or methods to improve processes beyond conventional approaches.- Applies Technology: Demonstrates an enthusiasm for learning new technologies, tools, and procedures to address short-term challenges.- Adapts to Change: Views difficult situations and/or problems as opportunities for improvement; actively embraces change instead of emphasizing negative elements.
Relevant Work Experience
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