Research Specialist - AZ - Physiology
The Research Specialist will assist the faculty member with research activities related to the neural control of breathing. The Research Specialist will help in all aspects of conducting a research study including designing and conducting electrophysiology experiments, data analysis and interpretation, as well as manuscript preparation. This individual will regularly interact with other lab members including students and research staff. This position reports to a faculty member in the Physiology department. This individual will be working with rodents. This position is full time. The schedule may vary between 7:00AM-6:00PM Monday through Friday.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Demonstrates competency with a wide range of standard research procedures in the laboratory.
- Able to follow established procedures and protocols with minimal errors
- Data analysis and interpretation
- Abstract and manuscript preparation
- Mouse colony maintenance
- Assist with developing new protocols with supervision
- Coordinates laboratory purchases; obtain quotes, performs ordering for lab supplies and assumes the responsibility of keeping the laboratory appropriately stocked at all times.
- Responsible for standard maintenance of the lab.
- Demonstrate competency with, and have a track record of, training others (students, volunteers, other staff and faculty) in laboratory safety procedures and protocols with some supervision.
This position has no supervisory responsibilities.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential duties satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Must be able to work in a constant state of alertness and safe manner and have regular, predictable in-person attendance. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and/or Experience
Bachelor's degree with a background in physiology or related field is required. Must have 3-5 years of experience as a Research Assistant or at least 2 years of experience as a Research Assistant with a thesis-based Master's degree related to physiology. Experience with electrophysiology experiments and whole cell electrophysiology experience is strongly desired. This individual must be able to work independently in a collaborative team environment.
Computer proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) is required. Familiarity with GraphPad or other statistical software is desired.
Intermediate skills: The ability to read and interpret documents such as safety guidelines, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedural manuals is essential. The position requires the ability to write routine reports and correspondence and to speak effectively before groups of people, such as students and co-workers.
Intermediate skills: The ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. The ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
Intermediate skills: The ability to calculate figures and amounts such as proportions, percentages, area, circumference and volume. The position requires the ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
This individual will frequently sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms. This individual will regularly be required to stand; walk; and push or pull equipment. This individual will occasionally climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk and hear. This individual will regularly lift up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift up to 50 pounds. Vision must be correctable to 20/20 in both eyes, depth, color and close vision; hearing correctable to normal.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to work near moving mechanical parts and vibration. The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles.
Midwestern University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not discriminate against an employee or applicant based upon race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, or veterans status, in accord with 41 C.F.R. 60-1.4(a), 250.5(a), 300.5(a) and 741.5(a). Midwestern University complies with the Smoke-Free Arizona Act (A.R.S. 36-601.01) and the Smoke Free Illinois Act (410 ILCS 82/). Midwestern University complies with the Illinois Equal Pay Act of 2003 and Arizona Equal Pay Acts.
Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities
The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)