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Medical University of South Carolina UNIV - Research Specialist I- Department of Neuroscience in Charleston, South Carolina

FLSA: Hourly

Job Summary: The Center for Cocaine and Opioid Addiction in the Department of Neuroscience is looking for a highly motivated interactive Research Specialist I to join the Reichel lab. The purpose of this position is to work as part of an addiction research team that generates and supplies addicted rodents to multiple NIH funded projects.

Job Duties:

  • 30% - Conducting behavioral experiments in rats: animal care and handling, drug self-administration in rats - (Essential)

  • 30% - Conducting surgeries: animal anesthesia and surgical techniques, treatment with systemic drugs - (Essential)

  • 20% - Coordinating the center workflow: communicating with PI’s and investigators, record keeping, organize daily, weekly, monthly - (Essential)

  • 15% - Laboratory maintenance: maintain self-administration boxes, surgery areas, hoods, supplies and behavior - (Essential)

  • 5% - Other duties as assigned - (Essential)

Preferred Experience & Additional Skills: The individual should be able to take direction from others, work in a team environment, think independently, multi task, have good fine motor skills, and stamina. Job is 40 hours per week, includes weekends, and holidays. The individual should be able to maintain a high work ethic with minimal supervision from the PI and colleagues.

Minimum Experience and Training Requirements: A high school diploma and two years work experience in a clinical or research setting; a bachelor's degree in chemistry, biology, or other natural, life or health care science may be substituted for the two years of required experience.

Physical Requirements: Ability to perform job functions in an upright position. (Frequent) Ability to perform job functions in a seated position. (Continuous) Ability to perform job functions while walking/mobile. (Frequent) Ability to climb, using step stool. (Infrequent) Ability to work in temperature extremes (32? F to 100? F) when required due to assignments in cold rooms and/or foreign countries. (Infrequent) Ability to work in confined/cramped spaces. (Continuous) Ability to bend at the waist. (Frequent) Ability to twist at the waist. (Frequent) Ability to fully use both hands/arms. (Continuous) Ability to perform repetitive motions with hands/wrists/elbows and shoulders. (Frequent) Ability to fully use both legs. (Frequent) Ability to reach in all directions, stretch, bend, while moving items/materials from both sitting and standing positions. (Frequent) Ability to maintain good olfactory sensory function/distinction. (Continuous) Ability to lift materials up to 20 lbs., unassisted. (Infrequent) Ability to lift and carry 4 liter waste material bottles a distance of 30 feet, unassisted. (Frequent) Ability to lift and carry 25-30 lbs. jugs of liquid a distance of 100 feet, unassisted. (Infrequent) Ability to lift file boxes, from floor level to counter tops, unassisted. (Frequent) Ability to push/ Ability to lift 40 lbs. centrifuge rotors from floor level to height of 40 inches, then down 20 inches into centrifuge drum, unassisted. (Infrequent) Ability to lift 25 lbs. boxes, from floor level to maximum height of 72 inches, unassisted. (Infrequent) Ability to push/pull file boxes from one location to another at floor level. (Frequent) Ability to maneuver heavy equipment on bench tops, 50 lbs. or greater, unassisted. (Frequent) Ability to perform gross motor functions with frequent fine motor movements. (Continuous) Ability to maintain 20/20 vision, corrected. (Continuous) Ability to match or discriminate between colors, normally. (Continuous) Ability to hear and recognize various alarms emitting from work area systems. (Continuous) Ability to hear and/or understand conversations. (Continuous) Ability to work in a darkroom for processing film, etc. (Continuous) Ability to be qualified physically for respirator use, initially and annually. (Continuous)