Senior Research Technician – Laboratory for Nutrition and Vision Research, Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging – (20001581)
Candidates Required to Submit a Cover Letter.
Potentially blinding diseases such as age related macular degeneration and cataracts afflict a very large proportion of our elderly. The mission of the Nutrition and Vision Research Laboratory is to discover mechanisms of aging in the eye and seek nutritional and other means to delay age-related vision impairments. Specifically, we are interested in the relationships between aging, diet, protein quality control mechanisms, metabolism, metabolomics, and the microbiome. We use in vivo animals, in vitro cell culture and cell free assays. Creative ideas are welcome.
Responsibilities will include: precise feeding of experimental diets in long term animal feeding trials, mouse colony maintenance, genotyping, in vivo experimental analyses of mice, and tissue sample collection and processing. The Senior Research Technician will also carry out biochemical analyses of tissues harvested from these animals, and cell culture-based assays. They will help to write and coauthor manuscripts based upon this work.
Opportunities are available to learn a wide range of skills including retinal imaging, subcutaneous and intraperitoneal injections, glucose tolerance testing, body composition, many types of biochemical analysis, and analysis of large data base. The Senior Research Technician will work closely with other group members as well as the animal facility staff to help monitor the well-being of the mouse colony and keep clear records of activity. Excellent organizational and time management skills are essential. The Senior Research Technician is also expected to help with equipment purchases, lab set-up, and contribute to support activities such as ordering materials and maintenance.
- Bachelor’s degree in science with at least one year research laboratory experience, or M.S. in related field
- B.S. or M. S. in Biology, Biochemistry, Animal Science, Nutrition, or a related field and research experience in a Biology lab
- Interest in animal work, and a desire to advance the field of nutrition and vision science
- Must be precise, efficient, adaptable, cooperative, self-motivated, and a team player.
- Familiarity with basic laboratory techniques and procedures
- Co-author on published paper preferred
Special Work Schedule Requirements:
This is a part-time position at 17.5 hours per week and will transition shortly to full-time hours when COVID restrictions allow.