UCLA Health Lab Assistant I in Los Angeles, California
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
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
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