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Research Assistant

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Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Research Assistant
Role Title: Laboratory & Research Specialist I
Posting Number: SW0170533
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

Research Assistant needed to accomplish studies within the Traumatic Nerve Technologies Laboratory within the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics. The primary research project for this position focuses on brain injury and potential treatments which may enhance recovery from injury. Animal models will be used to conduct experiments to determine the cognitive and histological response to trauma. Various brain assessments will be conducted following exposure to differing levels of impact. Brain injury will be assessed using molecular techniques, MRI and specialized microscopy measurements. An increased emphasis on assessing brain injury and repair will involve histological and molecular evaluation of tissues. Additional work will be done to evaluate blood levels of specific biomarkers in order to understand the injury severity and recovery patterns.

Required Qualifications:

- Experience such as coordinating and directing research projects.
- Experience and knowledge in using microscopes.
- Knowledge in molecular biology techniques such as RT-PCR, Western Blotting.
- Experience in tissue sectioning and histological staining.
- Experience in a wet lab setting.
- Proficiency with software such as Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
- Insightful data analysis/statistics skills.
- Enthusiastic team player with the ability to work with other professionals in a close-knit, dynamic group.
- Excellent communication skills and ability to train and manage undergraduate students.
- Strong ownership/responsiveness to issues.
- Applicant must be eligible to pursue a DoD security clearance (US Citizen, Green Card Holder, or Permanent Resident).

Preferred Qualifications:

- Bachelor’s degree in related field or equivalent training and/or experience.
- Experience with histological techniques.

Employment Conditions:
Must have a conviction check: Yes
Describe Other:
Employment Comments:

Applicant must be eligible to pursue a DoD security clearance (US Citizen, Green Card Holder, or Permanent Resident).

How to Apply for this Job:

To apply, applicants must complete the online application at www.jobs.vt.edu, posting #SW0170533, and submit a cover letter, resume and list of references as an attachment to the application. Review of applications will begin on August 1, 2017.

Employee Category: Staff (Salary)
Appointment Type: Regular
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FLSA Status: Non-exempt: Eligible for overtime
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Band: 3
Pay Range: Commensurate with experience
Department: Dept of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics
Work Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: M-F; 8am - 5pm
Posting Date: 07/14/2017
Review Begin Date: 08/01/2017
Job Close Date:
Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

Quick Link: http://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/77835

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you first learn about this job opening?
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    • Roanoke Times Online (www.jobs.roanoke.com)
    • Commonwealth of Virginia Jobs (www.jobs.virginia.gov)
    • Virginia Tech job site (www.jobs.vt.edu)
    • Facebook
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    • Twitter
    • Job Fair (please describe below)
    • Journal (please describe below)
    • Listserv (please describe below)
    • Newspaper - print (please describe below)
    • Professional Conference (please describe below)
    • From a friend/acquaintance not associated with Virginia Tech (please name below)
    • From a Virginia Tech employee/representative/recruiter (please name below)
    • Veteran related event/site (please describe below)
    • Virginia Employment Commission - VEC
    • Other Virginia Tech affiliated website (please describe below)
    • Other job board such as Simply Hired, Career Builder, etc. (please describe below)
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  2. Please describe recruiting source identified in previous question (if applicable):

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Do you have an Interagency Placement Screening Form (Yellow Form) as issued under Policy 1.30 Layoff? (Commonwealth of Virginia Employees Only)
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you have a Preferential Hiring Form (Blue Form) as issued under Policy 1.30 Layoff? (Commonwealth of Virginia Employees Only).
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Due to restrictions established by the federal funding agency, eligible candidates must be either a US Citizen, Green Card Holder or Permanent Resident in order to pursue a DoD security clearance. Do you currently meet this requirement?
    • Yes
    • No

Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
Optional Documents
  1. Other Doc