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The Gill Center for Biomolecular Science at Indiana University provides the field of neuroscience with a unique platform for innovation. Powered by the extraordinary vision and commitment of Linda and Jack Gill, together with the College of Arts and Sciences (The College), the Gill Center brings together world-class scientists and state-of-the-art facilities in an atmosphere of unimpeded experimentation. The result is real and rapid progress on understanding issues such as pain, addiction, stress, and dementia.
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The Laboratory Research Assistant in this role is expected to carry out experiments designed by the PI and research associates in the Gill Center for Biomolecular Science. Research projects in the lab focus on the endogenous cannabinoid system, its role in health and disease, and how the constituents of cannabis (THC and cannabidiol) interact with endocannabinoids to produce their effects (both beneficial and detrimental). The Laboratory Research Assistant will consult with other research associates regarding appropriate lab procedures. In addition to experimental work, the individual hired for this role will be responsible for routine lab maintenance.
Primary duties and responsibilities include the following:
Maintenance of the mouse colony. Consists of setting up and maintaining breeding and non-breeding cages, husbandry (mating, checking for plugs, weaning, and tissue sampling (ear and tail snips) for genotyping), and maintaining colony records.
Antibody and protein purification. Consists of affinity purification of fusion proteins from bacterial cultures and immune (rabbit, goat and guinea pig) serum, and screening of purified antibodies by immunocytochemistry of cultured cells expressing various proteins of interest.
General laboratory management duties. Order supplies and reagents, maintain reagent and supply inventory, assist in preparing IACUC protocols, and assist with light equipment maintenance.
Bachelor's degree in science or health-related discipline.
Must possess a high degree of persistence and attention to detail, and the ability to make corrections in procedures if necessary. Ability to effectively communicate and exchange information.
Bachelor's degree in biological or related scientific field from an accredited institution and two years of work experience in a laboratory setting.
Working Conditions / Demands
The role regularly requires the ability to effectively communicate. The role frequently requires the ability to move about the work environment and to position oneself to operate laboratory equipment effectively. The role requires the ability to move objects weighing up to 25 pounds and will occasionally work near moving mechanical parts. The role requires the ability to analyze results and to maintain technical accuracy. Visual strain can occur if extended time is spent on a microscope. Certain experiments require exact timing. Position entails working with animals and potential exposure to animal allergens may occur. The person in this role must be able to perform the essential functions with or without an accommodation.
The Linda and Jack Gill Center for Biomolecular Science
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