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Working under the mentorship and supervision of the manager and the AV (Attending Veterinarian), the Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) participates in all daily activities of research coordinator and veterinary technicians, to enhance their professional skills and gain research knowledge, while contributing to department goals. The PDRA, with help and guidance writes protocols for IACUC approval, plans and executes experiments for approved protocols, and engages in data collection, data reduction, analysis, and interpretation and archival. In addition, under the guidance of the AV, the PDRA will provide support to LAC department in the form of surgical scrub technician, surgical assistance and postoperative ICU monitoring, some of which will require working different shifts such as evening, nights and weekends.
With appropriate supervision and guidance, participates in planning, designing, writing and conducting sometimes highly technical and complex research projects under the direction of senior staff, the CVSR Manager and the AV. May or may not work independently.
Identifies and troubleshoots problems in the execution of experiments. Documents all procedural steps and data in the approved scientific manner and creates and maintains laboratory binders for the collection of written data as well as optical images on CDs and DVDs.
Prepares detailed written summaries of results, including non-Good Laboratory Practice and Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) final reports, as well as manuscript preparations when appropriate. Presents abstracts, either poster or oral at appropriate internal and external forums.
Works as needed in the LAC operating rooms to assist as scrub technician, as surgical assistant and anesthesia technician, as directed by the AV.
Performs veterinary technician post-operative medical care and management by monitoring in the ICU; this will require evening, night and weekend shift work as needed and as appropriate dictated by the work loads of LAC and CVSR to provide harmonious support to both departments.
May assist in teaching and training as experience is gained and ability dictates.
May eventually assist in grant writing projects to securing new funding as appropriate.
Maintains safe, clean, functional and organized work space, both in personal and communal space.
Follows departmental and institutional policies.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent in a relevant research area required.
Medical, Veterinary, Cardiovascular surgical or Cardiology related fields are preferred.
Knowledge of Microsoft products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) is required.