WOC Position Announcements
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Open date: 11/21/22
Description/Job Title: Research Assistant
Location: VA Portland Health Care System, Portland, OR
Announcement Close: 11/29/2022
Qualifications/expectations: A research assistant position WOC is available in the laboratory of Dr. Rajan Kulkarni in the Operative Care Division at the VA Portland Health Care System. This position is for a highly motivated individual who wishes to gain intense experience in research methods and training towards eventually going to graduate school. Dr. Kulkarni’s research focuses on the role of the early detection of cancer and on immune modulation in melanoma.
The candidate should be willing to work with animals and with tissue culture.
Specific additional duties include identifying research problems and designing research methodologies; assist in the writing of grants and manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals; and additional duties as requested by the principal investigator. The successful applicant must have excellent scientific, organizational, record-keeping, and problem-solving skills.
Contact information: Rajan Kulkarni, MD, PhD, Rajan.Kulkarni@va.gov
Open date: 10/06/22
Description/Job Title: Physician, Program Analyst, Veterinary Scientist, Animal Health Technician, and Laboratory Technician Positions - Various Animal Labs
Location: San Antonio , TX
The South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS), Research & Development Service, is seeking a candidate to be appointed for at The South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS) at the position of Physician, Program Analyst, Veterinary Scientist, Animal Health Technician, or Laboratory Technician located at STVHCS, ALMD, Research & Development, 7400 Merton Minter Blvd., San Antonio, TX, 78229. This is a 3-year appointment without any compensation or benefits with possibility of renewal depending on performance.
Ideal candidates will work under the direction of various research investigators, and with other animal/lab research personnel conducting various experiments.
Examples of available positions include: working with prostate cancer cells isolated from human samples and from mouse prostate, working on DNA and RNA isolation, analysis of DNA and RNA on gels, quantitative PCR analysis, DNA cloning, gene knock out in cultured cells and protein analysis by western blotting, and elucidating the mechanisms involved in the regulation of macrophage polarization and muscle regeneration. Experience in drawing blood samples from patients, study coordination and management of protocols. Desired experience teaching graduate students, undergraduates, postdoctoral fellows and other personnel lab techniques and > 1 0 years of hands on experience with various molecular and cellular biology, and biochemical techniques, including but not limited to: PCR, qRT-PCR, cloning, transfection, transduction, flow cytometry. Experience with rodent breeding, genotyping, maintenance of colony, blood and tissue collections, cell culture, western blotting, DNA/RNA isolation and qRT-PCR are desirable. Prior experience with miRNA-related research is required. Applicant will also participate in all routine laboratory maintenance duties including preparing commonly used solutions, cleaning and sterilizing glassware, and overseeing laboratory equipment. Most of the jobs expect that you will generate data for grants and manuscripts, and design new research projects. The applicant must have sufficient writing skills to write first drafts of manuscripts and grants plus work with other lab personnel on editing their work. The individual must also have working experience with mice and basic working knowledge of Microsoft word, power point presentation and Excel.
Minimum required education for a Clinician: Professional degree (MD or PhD) with at least 1 O years of experience with the techniques described above.
Minimum required education for a Veterinary Medical Scientist: Professional degree (DVM) with at least 1 O years of experience with the techniques described above.
Minimum required education for a Laboratory Technician: Bachelors or Masters of Science degree in a science discipline preferably in biological sciences with at least 1 year of experience with the techniques described above.
Minimum required education for a Program Analyst: Bachelors or Masters of Science degree in a science or business discipline with at least 1 year of experience with the techniques described above.
STVHCS, is an equal opportunity employer and all positions without compensation are open to all
U.S. and non-U.S. citizens. The applicant will be selected for a position according to experience presented on the submitted curriculum vitae.
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About the Office of Research & Development
The Office of Research and Development (ORD) aspires to discover knowledge, develop VA researchers and health care leaders, and create innovations that advance health care for our Veterans and the nation.
ORD consists of four research services that together form a cohesive whole to explore all phases of Veterans' health care needs. Each Service oversees a number of research centers of excellence.
- Biomedical Laboratory Research & Development Service
- Clinical Science Research & Development Service
- Cooperative Studies Program
- Health Services Research & Development Service
- Rehabilitation Research & Development Service
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