Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
This position is full-time and works approximately 40 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Genetics and Genomic Medicine. This position is for the Medical School Campus.
Our laboratory studies the neuronal ceroid lipofuscinoses (NCLs or Batten disease), a group of fatal genetic disorders that are profoundly neurodegenerative. The ultimate goal of our research is to develop therapeutic strategies for the treatment of the NCLs and other lysosomal storage disorders. We use mostly mouse models to study how these diseases affect the brain and other parts of the nervous system, in addition to testing the efficacy of a range of therapeutic strategies. A lot of our work involves cutting and staining sections, followed by quantitative microscopy, but we also employ tissue culture, biochemical and molecular techniques, and study behavioral changes in our models. This is in addition to treating these models via enzyme replacement, small molecules or gene therapy, and exploring if these have altered disease outcome.
This position assists with the technical aspects of studies and experiments, including documentation and preparation of materials in the Pediatric Storage Disorders Laboratory in the Department of Pediatrics.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Assists with research studies, experiments and assays, including collection of data, preparation of solutions and set-up and maintenance of equipment.
Performs data entry and maintains data files on research.
Prepares and analyzes histology samples, tissue cultures, reagents, solutions etc.
Assists in the establishment and maintenance of mouse colonies, performing animal procedures, including behavioral testing and the analysis of samples.
Complies with established safety procedures and maintains required documentation on laboratory and specimen conditions.
Ensures lab conditions and equipment are properly cleaned and maintained in accordance with established procedures.
Assists with general lab maintenance and cleaning.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Applicant Special Instructions:
This position works in a laboratory environment with potential exposure to biological, chemical and radioactive hazards. The individual must be physically able to wear protective equipment and to provide standard care to research animals.
Bachelor’s degree and up to one year of experience in a laboratory setting or an equivalent combination of education and experience equaling four years.
Experience with mouse colony management and husbandry.
Experience with histology and staining methods.
Demonstrated ability to work independently and communicate with laboratory staff and investigators.
Ability to maintain complete and organized records/reports.
Working knowledge of computer software and general lab equipment.
The hiring range for this position is $14.07 - $18.99 per hour.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
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