Posted: 8/15/2022

Research Assistant (PRTC, Chaney Lab)

The Chaney Lab is seeking a research professional to support the performance of animal studies and assays investigating the immune system’s role in neurological disease. We are looking for a motivated and detail-oriented person interested in learning more about neuroimmunology and translational molecular imaging approaches. This position assists with research studies, experiments, preparation of material and documentation, including set-up and maintenance of equipment, protocol refinement, and some support of clinical imaging studies.

The emerging role of inflammation in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases is shifting the way we think about diagnosing and treating these conditions. Unfortunately, current approaches to probe immune function in vivo are limited. The Chaney Lab focuses on developing and evaluating novel imaging biomarkers to investigate the inflammatory component of neurodegenerative diseases – an area at the interface of neuroscience, radiology and immunology. The overall goal is to enhance understanding of the immune system’s role in neurodegenerative diseases and thus improve diagnosis and treatment of patients.

The Chaney Lab is a part of the Precision Radiotheranostics Translation Center within the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (MIR).

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Primary Duties & Responsibilities
• Conducts research experiments and assays.
• Assists with preclinical animal molecular imaging studies and independently conducts a portion of the research project(s).
• Handles and monitors rodent models of neurogenerative and inflammatory disease.
• Tissue/sample preparation and performance of pathology/IHC.
• Works with health and safety department to ensure lab complies with regulations and keeps records of all required trainings.
• Provides support to clinical imaging studies when needed.
• Performs data entry and maintains data files on research.
• Assists with general supply/equipment orders, lab maintenance and cleaning.

Required Qualifications
Equivalent to a bachelor’s degree with two to three years of experience in laboratory operations.

Preferred Qualifications
• Interest in neuroscience, immunology, or molecular imaging research.
• Experience with biological assays/techniques (e.g., qPCR, Western blots, IHC) or small animal imaging (PET/CT, MRI).
• Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to accurately complete detailed work.
• General computer skills and ability to quickly learn and master computer programs, databases, and scientific applications.
• Experience with animal handling.
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team with colleagues and collaborators.
• Ability to effectively communicate.
• Demonstrated ability to implement general laboratory procedures, conduct research, and record findings, with a focus on pursuit of advanced education in field.

Working Conditions
This position works in a laboratory environment with potential exposure to biological and chemical hazards. The individual must be physically able to wear protective equipment and provide standard care to research animals.

Salary Range
$16.24 – $27.63 / Hourly