Research Technician / Research Assistant – Biomechanics, Preclinical Models, Osteoarthritis
Posting Number: 000175
Position Type: Laboratory
Department: Aging & Metabolism – T. Griffin
Job Summary/Basic Function:
The Griffin Lab (griffint.omrf.org) is seeking a research technician or research assistant with a background in biomedical engineering or musculoskeletal research to conduct animal studies on osteoarthritis. This research is funded through two new grants from the Veterans Administration. The successful applicant will be expected to work independently and with our multidisciplinary research team on studies involving genetically modified mouse models, joint injury models, exercise treatments, and gait biomechanics to study osteoarthritis pain pathophysiology. Duties will also include assistance in the preparation of manuscripts, progress reports, and grant proposals. Preference will be given to candidates with strong scientific training, prior research experience, and excellent written and verbal communication skills. The position is available immediately. OMRF is an independent, not-for-profit biomedical research institute adjacent to the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) campus in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City offers a dynamic and flourishing downtown area, with low cost of living, short commute times and a diversified economy. The Oklahoman newspaper ranked OMRF as Oklahoma's #1 large workplace in their annual Best Places to Work survey for 2017 and 2019. OMRF supports a comprehensive postdoctoral training program (https://omrf.org/about-omrf/education-outreach/postdoctoral-programs/). OMRF's excellence can only be fully realized by individuals who share our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Successful candidates will demonstrate commitment to these values. OMRF is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected characteristic.
BA/BS degree typically in one of the biological sciences, physics, or chemistry, biomedical engineering or equivalent years of professional, paid, relevant laboratory experience. Must be highly motivated, organized, and detail oriented with excellent written and verbal communication skills. Must be able to multi-task, attend to multiple projects, and problem solve. The ideal candidate will be able to work independently as well as in a group setting that involves interdisciplinary interactions with faculty, staff, and post-doctoral fellows
Minimum Degree Required:
Work Hours: Typically Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5pm.
GPA of 3.2 or higher and 1 (one) year of research experience in the biological/ biomedical/ bioengineering sciences (undergraduate research experience will be considered). Previous experience with any of the following skills: mouse handling and behavioral testing, data processing (e.g., Excel, LabView, Matlab), and mechanical testing. Background or interest in mechanobiology and/or systems biology.
Regularly required to stand, use manual dexterity, talk or hear; Frequently required to walk and reach with hands and arms; occasionally sit; frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds; vision abilities include close vision, color vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Potential exposure to fumes, airborne particles, or rodent dander. May work with toxic, caustic chemicals, radioactive materials, liquid nitrogen, human tissue or blood. Potential risk of electrical shock. Occasional exposure to cold 4C, and/or extreme cold -80C from freezers. Noise level is usually moderate.
To apply, visit https://omrf.peopleadmin.com/postings/3566