Contractual Laboratory Research Assistant (C2)-(220000ZG)
A contractual, full-time Laboratory Research Assistant position is immediately available in the Scott Lab at the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Dentistry (SOD) in the Department of Microbial Pathogenesis. The lab studies the role(s) of lipids (engineered or native) in the early innate immune response with an aim to alleviate conditions linked to uncontrolled inflammation. The funded project joins elements of molecular imaging, artifical intelligence and machine learning, microbiology, immunolgy, and pain research.
This Laboratory Research Assistant will participate in exciting and diverse aspects of the project: 1) performing mass spectrometry imaging experiments; 2) assisting with validation studies using immunohistochemical methods; 3) exploration of molecular mechanisms of pain using basic techniques such as ELISA, western blotting, and qRT-PCR. The ideal candidate will have a background (B.S. with 1-2 yrs experience, M.S., or equivalent) in microbiology, immunology, biology, biochemistry, or related areas with some experience in the techniques listed here. While previous experience working with rodents in a research setting is ideal, willingness to be trained on and work with these models is a requirement. Experience with cryosectioning tissues is a preferred, but not required. This position will be a critical member of a collaborative, dynamic team and must have good oral and written communication skills and will be expected to be self-motivated to learn and perform independently.
UMB offers a comprehensive benefits package that prioritizes wellness, work/life balance, and professional development. Contingent Category II staff receive a generous leave package that includes over 2 weeks of vacation each year, paid holidays, sick time, and time for community service; subsidized comprehensive health insurance and supplemental retirement options; professional learning and development programs; limited tuition remission for employees enrolled at UMB; life insurance and long-term disability; and flexible work schedules and teleworking options (if applicable per job).
UMB requires all faculty, staff, and students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Exemptions for medical or religious reasons will be processed through Human Resources.
Perform mass spectrometry imaging experiments - 50%
Data analysis from spatial mapping experiments - 15%
Immunohistochemistry validations - 10%
Molecular confirmations of results from imaging experiments - 5%
Gather and maintain materials for experiments - 5%
Oversee laboratory organization - 5%
Perform other duties as assigned.
Education: Bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry or field of study related to research of the laboratory. Master's degree preferred.
Experience: None required. One (1) - two (2) years of research experience preferred.
Other: May require training related to occupational safety and health, environmental compliance, shipping of hazardous materials and/or ionizing radiation. May consider a combination of directly related experience and education.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES
Knowledge of all applicable requirements, regulations, and laws.
Skill in effective use of applicable technology/systems.
Ability to effectively communicate both verbal and written thoughts, ideas, and facts.
Ability to work cooperatively with others and independently.
Ability to demonstrate, understand, apply, and adhere to the UMB Core Values of Respect and Integrity, Well-being and Sustainability, Equity and Justice, and Innovation and Discovery.
PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES: Knowledge in mass spectrometry, immunohistochemistry, qRT-PCR, biochemical extraction, and rodent handling preferred.
HIRING RANGE: $44,000-47,000
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