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Research Specialist
The Research Specialist will conduct experiments and assist in the management of day-to-day operations of a laboratory in the Division of Cardiology and part of the Vascular Medicine Institute. The laboratory is located on the beautifully renovated 17th floor of the Biomedical Science Tower

The incumbent will take part in translational research studying mechanisms regulating human vascular calcification and vascular disease remodeling.

The incumbent will be expected to work independently on aspects of a research project as well as assist senior lab members with the design and planning of protocols and conducting molecular, biochemical and cloning experiments. Responsibilities include handling mice, including breeding and genotyping, as well as assisting with in vivo animal experiments.

Additional managerial responsibilities will include coordinating lab purchases, writing regulatory protocols pertaining to animal experiments and human tissue procurement, monitoring grant budgets, receiving and organizing orders and biological samples from outside the lab, maintaining the inventory of the mouse colony, maintaining cell cultures of primary murine and human cells, and training junior lab members in lab protocols and procedures.

The successful candidate will be self-motivated, passionate, organized, have good communication, interpersonal and leadership skills, have excellent verbal and written English skills, and have a solid base of knowledge of advanced scientific principles.

Education Required

Minimum Related Experience Level Required
2-3 years experience

Additional Education and/or Experience Essential to the Position
A minimum of Bachelor?s Degree in Biology, Biochemistry or related field, or equivalent experience is required. Further advanced education (e.g. Masters/PhD) in relevant area would strengthen the application.

A minimum 2-year experience in laboratory research with knowledge of biologic science and acceptable scientific research training, prior experience in animal research required.

Required Licenses/Certifications

Child Protection Clearances
The following PA Act 153 clearances and background checks may be required prior to commencement of employment and as a condition of continued employment: PA State Police Criminal Record Check, FBI Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance.

Background Check
For position finalists, employment with the University will require successful completion of a background check.

Assignment Category
Regular, Full-Time

Percent Effort

Scheduled Work Hours
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

If Varied Work Schedule, Please Specify
hours may vary at times based on experiments being done and deadlines that may need to be met.

If Part Time, Actual Standard Weekly Hours


University Benefits
The University offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package for all full-time and part-time regular employees including:

? Education benefits and a retirement plan with employer match

? Group medical insurance, life insurance, and optional vision and dental insurance

? Free transit service within Allegheny County for employees of the Oakland campus (Port Authority Transit)

? Time off benefits including vacation, sick and personal time