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6670 Bertner Ave
8am - 5pm
Research - Clinical
Houston Methodist Research Institute was formed in 2004 to rapidly and efficiently translate discoveries made in the laboratory and the clinic into new diagnostics, therapies and treatments. The research institute was created to provide the infrastructure and support for these endeavors, and to house the technology and resources needed to make innovative breakthroughs in important areas of human disease. A 440,000 square foot building dedicated to research, the research institute houses over 1,150 staff members, 270 principal investigators and has more than 600 ongoing clinical trials.
The ACDM Research Assistant I (Animal Surgery and Physiology) will support postdoctoral fellows in creating and performing animal studies; prepare applications for regulatory compliance (ie IACUC, IRB); supervise students; and assist with evaluating and improving existing pre-clinical models (eg. hindlimb ischemia, wound healing, teratoma assays) and introducing new animal models. We have a well-funded and internationally recognized program in vascular regeneration.
The ACDM Research Assistant will need excellent interpersonal skills, a generous and collaborative nature, and meticulous technical skills so as to assist our superb postdoctoral fellows in performing outstanding research that will lead to better therapies for vascular health.
Preparation of research models, ie. anesthesia and surgery to create angiogenesis models (eg. hindlimb ischemia), teratoma assays; pre-operative and postoperative monitoring and care; perform experiments based on scientific knowledge and theory in support of PI's research project; maintain detailed records of experiments and outcomes.
Physiological studies (laser doppler or microsphere studies to assess blood flow; bioluminescence studies for cell tracking).
Data collection, entry and analysis; interpret and perform basic analysis of results in conjunction with PI; review related literature; may contribute to publication of findings.
Maintain surgical and physiological equipment; order supplies. Train students or postdoctoral fellows in animal surgery and physiological studies.
Learn new techniques and improve existing assays through article reviews as well as collaborate with surrounding lab personnel.
Meet with the principal investigator, PI to review data and discuss and plan current and future projects.
Make educated suggestions for new or improved laboratory experiments. Consult with Comparative Medicine Veterinary staff for skills evaluation and appropriate surgical procedure training.
Communicate with regulatory panels, such as TMH IRB and IACUC, to gain approval of new experimental protocols or their modification; meet required deadlines for timely submission, updates and submission.
AA with 5+ years experience Or BA/BS with no experience
Two years or less of related research experience required.
SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED
Must be skilled with standard animal surgical procedures including local and general anesthesia, animal handling and care. Experience with mouse and rat surgery is preferred.
Basic skills in word processing, spreadsheets, and data analysis required.
Knowledge and experience in ordering laboratory supplies or ability to learn.
Capable of working in group settings (excellent communication and interpersonal skills, team player). Prior experience with angiogenesis models is useful but not required.
Additional skills that would be useful include physiological studies (measurement of blood flow using microspheres or laser Doppler); preparation of tissues for histological studies; fixation, sectioning, staining of tissues.
Experience in preparing applications for regulatory agencies (ie IACUC, EHS) is desired.
Standard laboratory environment; some assignments may be in hospital units with typical hospital environmental hazards and concerns.
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