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Sr. Research Associate 1 (Neuroscience)

University of Miami - Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
Miami, Florida (US)
Pay Grade r5
Closing date
Dec 8, 2021

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Life Sciences, Neuroscience
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Full Time
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Research Scientist
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Transforming Lives

The University of Miami is among the top research universities and academic medical centers in the nation, and one of the largest private employers in South Florida.

With more than 16,000 faculty and staff, the University strives for excellence, and is driven by a powerful mission to transform and impact the lives of its students, patients, members of the community, and people across the globe.

The University is committed to fostering a culture of belonging, where everyone feels valued and has the opportunity to add value. Through values of Diversity, Integrity, Responsibility, Excellence, Compassion, Creativity, and Teamwork (DIRECCT) the U community works together to create an environment driven by purpose, excellence, community, and service.

The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, is seeking a Sr. Research Associate 1 to work in Miami, FL. This position offers professional growth in the research associate track along with a robust benefits package.

The Senior Research Associate 1 (second level research position, track one) supports research activities under the direction of a principle investigator, program director or designee of the principle investigator or program director.

  • Perform procedures and analysis associated with histological and behavioral assessment of animals following spinal cord injury including, animal surgeries (laminectomy, tracing, cell transplantation), animal post-operative care, animal perfusion and tissue dissection, tissue sectioning and staining, behavioral measurement of sensory and motor function as well as fluorescent and confocal microscopy and tissue culture.
  • Perform biochemistry, immunochemistry and molecular biology techniques including cell and tissue staining, western blotting, gel electrophoresis and ELISA.
  • Be able to manage transgenic mouse colonies, perform genotyping and coordinate breeding programs for the mice.
  • Prepare datasheets, ACUC/IBC protocols, chore lists and laboratory resources to be readily available to the supervisor and other staff when needed.
  • The position will require after hours and weekend work with animal care and management.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's Degree in a basic science or health discipline
  • Skill in collecting, organizing, and analyzing data.
  • Ability to recognize, analyze, and solve a variety of problems.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment in making critical decisions.

Department Specific Functions

• Contribute to a research program aimed at identifying novel therapeutics for promoting axon regeneration and neuroprotection after injury to the central nervous system.

• Work as an integral member of a research team employing gene therapy, biomaterials, and cell-based strategies to induce neurorepair and functional recovery towards the development and translation of treatments to the clinical setting for spinal cord, nerve, and brain injury.

• Use prior knowledge of Neuroscience, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology to optimize techniques and protocols, design and troubleshoot experiments, interpret data, and write reports.

The University of Miami offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, tuition remission and more.

UHealth-University of Miami Health System, South Florida's only university-based health system, provides leading-edge patient care powered by the ground breaking research and medical education at the Miller School of Medicine. As an academic medical center, we are proud to serve South Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean. Our physicians represent more than 100 specialties and sub-specialties, and have more than one million patient encounters each year. Our tradition of excellence has earned worldwide recognition for outstanding teaching, research and patient care. We're the challenge you've been looking for.

Patient safety is a top priority. As a result, during the Influenza ("the flu") season (September through April), the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine requires all employees who provide ongoing services to patients, work in a location (all Hospitals and clinics) where patient care is provided, or work in patient care or clinical care areas, to have an annual influenza vaccination. Failure to meet this requirement will result in rescinding or termination of employment.

The University of Miami is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Females/Minorities/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants and employees are protected from discrimination based on certain categories protected by Federal law. Click here for additional information.

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