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UCLA Health Lab Assistant I in Los Angeles, California

Responsibilities

The Lab Assistant will conduct scientific research of multiple sclerosis using mouse models of demyelination and neurodegeneration;

experimental autoimmune encephalomyelititis (EAE), under the supervision of a lab manager. The skills required for this position include but are not limited to: EAE induction, clinically scoring and disease assessment of mice, mouse breeding, tissue collection for DNA isolation and genotyping, assist in ovariectomy and castrations, assist perfusion and tissue harvest for pathological studies of diseased mice and performing lab maintenance tasks (washing dishes, autoclaving materials, ordering and inventory of lab supplies and make frequently used reagents as lab stock). Lastly, the employee will be assisting the Postdoc for data collection and analysis. This is a limited position that may convert to career. Qualifications

Required:

Psychobiology Major with junior standing

Demonstrated ability to work with and check breeding of small rodents (mice and rats)

Demonstrated ability to perform molecular analysis (PCR) on rodent cells

Ability to breed and screen knock out mice for gene rearrangements

Ability to score and care for mice with EAE

Ability to carry out survival surgeries, including castration and ovariectomy.

Ability to collect tissues from adult mice and harvesting CNS tissues.

Ability to understand and record mouse behavior.

Mac skills and Word and database software programs

Ability to learn new software programs and laboratory techniques as needed

Working knowledge of PCR, and gel apparatus

Demonstrated experience with drug administration and tissue recovery

Familiarity with multiple sclerosis models in rodents

Knowledge of University purchasing procedures and regulations

Possess excellent verbal and written English skills

UCLA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

UCLA Health welcomes all individuals, without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin or disabilities, and we proudly look to each person’s unique achievements and experiences to further set us apart.

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