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Requisition Number 17-0040
Post Date 4/21/2017
Title Research Associate
Position Type Full Time
Work Hours 40 hpw
City Morgantown
State WV
Description Purpose
This positions provides support for the research program in the Neural Engineering Laboratory with the goals of advancing knowledge in the field of Neuroscience. Incumbent will be responsible for training animals, providing support of full surgeries and performing minor surgical procedures, maintaining laboratory supplies and assisting in result dissemination.

This position serves as a resource contact and independently uses professional concepts and techniques, as well as organizational policies to solve a wide range of moderate to complex problems in imaginative and practical ways. Depth skills, knowledge, and interpretive abilities, as well as some creativity, are required to successfully perform duties. Work effort often addresses non-routine matters within established protocol, guidelines, and/or policies. Work effort has significant impact on client services and operations, producing moderate to major organizational, legal and financial results and/or liabilities. Position duties may require oversight of projects or programs, including coordination of work by others providing support of basic objectives.

Duties & Responsibilities
Responsibilities are functional in nature, and performed under limited supervision. Specific tasks include, but are not limited to:
1) Training of laboratory rats in locomotor and reaching tasks.
2) Feeding and handling rodents (normally once per day).
3) Collect tissue and blood samples from rodents.
4) Assist in surgeries and perform independently minor procedures.
5) Assist in the analysis of experimental data and preparation of graphical reports.
6) Keep a complete and up-to-date laboratory notebook, including protocols, interpretations of experimental data, current inventory, and a detailed log of all work-related activities.
7) Assist graduate students and other researchers in the carrying out of their experiments.
8) Supervise and train undergraduate and graduate students in the calibration, troubleshooting, cleaning, sterilization, and storage of laboratory equipment.
9) Take responsibility for the general oversight and compliance of all individuals working in the laboratory on a day-to-day basis. Training and supervision of rotating graduate students and new lab members in proper laboratory procedure.
10) Maintenance of the laboratory, laboratory equipment, glass ware, and reagents. This may include calling and scheduling repairs from outside repair companies.
11) Maintain knowledge of professional principles, legal and/or reporting requirements affecting area of responsibility, and adhere to industry and government standards.
12) Clean, maintain, and prepare supplies and work areas.
13) Manufacture and maintain simple electronic equipment.
14) Assist in publishing research findings.

Supervisory/Lead Role
This position reports to the Principal Investigator. Normally receives no instructions on routine work, and general instructions on new assignments. Typically determines methods and procedures on new assignments. General sharing of knowledge and team participation is expected in the role. Program, project, or activity lead and work coordination responsibilities may occur or be assigned in this position. Guidance or supervision of others may be required.

Physical Demands
Work requires laboratory research, including manual dexterity and abilities to see, hear, walk, talk, and feel. Occasional standing, stooping, bending, and lifting less than 25 lbs. or transport such items by cart. Activities require manual skill, near vision, the ability to communicate, to concentrate without distraction, to actively listen, comprehend and communicate effectively with others.

Work Environment
Work will be performed in a standard laboratory environment including the animal facilities, using computers and laboratory equipment with electrical connections. The incumbent must comply with all laboratory safety procedures and clothing/equipment requirements. There will be exposure to animals, laboratory chemicals, electrical supplies, and animals, but protective measures will be provided.
Requirements Requisite Qualifications
Education and/or Experience
1) Bachelor’s degree in biology, biochemistry, animal sciences or a related field;
2) 5 – 7 years of laboratory experience working with laboratory animals, and assisting with and performing minor surgeries;
3) An equivalent combination of education and experience.

Skills, Knowledge, Abilities
1) Skilled in handling animals.
2) Ability to perform minor surgical procedures on animals.
3) Ability to learn new methods and acquire new skills.
4) The ability to perform experiments following laboratory protocols.
5) Ability to operate laboratory equipment.
6) Ability to perform basic calculations.
7) Basic knowledge of biology and/or engineering.
8) Good organizational and communication skills both orally and in writing.
9) Ability to assist PI with teaching and training new lab members (i.e. grad students).
10) Ability to establish and maintain a professional relationship with internal and external personnel.
11) Ability to perform computer work (Word, Adobe Illustrator, Matlab or other statistical applications).
12) Ability to maintain a well-organized laboratory notebook to document experiments and results.
13) Maintains skills in, or knowledge of, professional principles, legal and/or reporting requirements affecting area of responsibility.
14) Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
15) Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
16) Ability to create presentations and speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of the organization.
17) Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.
18) Ability to perform effectively under conditions of fluctuating workload.
19) Ability to work independently to complete assigned projects.

Behavioral Competencies
1) Technical skills – Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; pursues training and development opportunities; assess strengths, weaknesses, and shares expertise with others.
2) Problem solving – Gathers and analyzes information, identifies problems, develops alternatives, uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics and works well in groups and resolves matters timely.
3) Internal & External Customer Service – Manages difficult or emotional matters with objectivity and openness; responds promptly to needs and requests for service and assistance; meets commitments and dates, notifies others if change occurs; provides, solicits and applies feedback; and builds goodwill through balanced contributions, positive approach, respect and support of others.
4) Communications – Demonstrates group presentation skills, participates in meetings, listens and gets clarification, is responsive and speaks clearly and persuasively in positive and negative situations. Writes and edits clearly and informatively, varies style to meet needs, presents numerical data effectively, and able to read and interpret written information.
5) Organizational Support – Aligns work and develops strategies to meet organizational goals; seeks to improve and promote quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; and upholds organizational expectations and values.
6) Self-Management – Responds to management direction; resourcefully adapts to changes in work environment and circumstances; responds well under pressure and manages competing demands; takes calculated risks, asks for and offers help when needed; exercise discretion and sound judgment; is tactful and responsible for own actions. Adheres to work schedule and complies with leave management responsibilities.

Preferred Qualifications & Credentials
Education and/or Experience
1) A master’s degree is preferred.

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