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NIH ANIMAL BIOLOGIST - Bethesda - 20827

Local Staffing
Westlake, Maryland, US
Closing date
Nov 26, 2021

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Academic / Research
Informatics / GIS
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* Work products and documents related to establishing and maintaining records of laboratory supply usage; order, ship and receive lab supplies; document the usage of general laboratory supplies; communicate with vendors and suppliers about orders
* Develop, validate, perform and interpret a variety of complex experimental techniques and procedures; work with staff to develop procedures addressing new animal study needs, logistics, modifications to standard operating procedures, and or existing guidelines to resolve technical problems
* Work with staff on the modification of laboratory protocols and experiments based on literature findings
* Search and review literature related to project; summarize and evaluate findings
* Document all laboratory procedures, experiments and results; maintain and update laboratory notebooks and databases
* Conduct behavioral testing and perform surgery on small animal models
* Perform behavioral assays in association with the primary research project
* Coordinate husbandry, animal care and enrichment activities to maintain a clean, safe and regulatory compliant animal research program
* Work with staff to manage and conduct behavioral training and testing of animals for users of the Section
* Conduct animal behavioral testing, including T-maze, step down, conditioned place preference/aversion, oral, inhalation and intravenous drug self-administration, forced-swim test, hot-plate, tail-flick, von Frey, locomotion, elevated plus maze, open-field, novel object recognition, ultrasonic vocalization recording and startle reflex
* Develop and maintain a spreadsheet of animal breeding records; record lineage, genotype, birth, death and experimental use of each animal
* Set up animals to be available in numbers and at the time required
* Develop and maintain a breeding database to record all animals in the breeding colony
* Anticipate animal needs for lab research and colony maintenance; adjust the number of breeding pairs accordingly
* Determine best type of breeding units to set up for lab needs, including but not limited to continuous pairs, harems, and timed-pregnancies
* Manage and breed animal colonies; genotype animals and report genotyping results to staff
* Communicate and collaborate with investigators regarding colony and support duties
* Work with staff to maintain, breed, genotype and phenotype transgenic animal colony; maintain records of animal colony
* Handle, dissect and euthanize animals
* Maintain animal colony, including general husbandry, breeding, plug checks, weaning, tagging animals and obtaining tail or ear snips for genotyping, and euthanasia
* Handle, dissect and euthanize animals
* Perform skilled routine surgical procedures in support of on-going animal studies
* Develop new surgical or animal handling techniques as needed to support projects
* Perform complex surgical techniques, necropsies, blood and tissue sample collection
* Prepare animals for surgery and ensure proper disposal of animal carcasses
* Maintain animal lines in transgenic facilities
* Harvest and collect animal embryos, tissues, and organs
* Perform a variety of specialized tissue fixation, embedding, sectioning and staining techniques
* Perform analysis of animal tissues; prepare frozen slices and paraffin sections, appropriately stained to demonstrate normal and abnormal structures
* Perform a variety of specialized tissue fixation, embedding, sectioning and staining techniques
* Perform Immunohistochemistry and assist lab members with checking the expression of fluorescent proteins in vivo using mouse imaging method
* Perform light and confocal microscopy
* Work with staff to process tissue for immunohistochemistry
* Perform Western Blot, immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence
* Perform molecular biology and cloning techniques, tissue histochemistry and immunohistochemistry
* Update and maintain laboratory notebooks and databases; collect, analyze and interpret data
* Perform quantitative analysis; data analysis, figure preparation, and image acquisition; maintain complete and detailed records of all experiments
* Collect, organize and record experimental data for publication and future reference by others
* Collate, edit and archive electronic and paper laboratory files, notebooks and databases
* Perform computer analysis and use computer software to prepare images
* Prepare reports and manuscripts based on experimental results
* Participate and collaborate in the preparation of scientific publications for peer reviewed journals based on the results
* Work with staff on the preparation of data and images for use in research presentations and publications
* Write and edit drafts for journal submission; read manuscript drafts of other laboratory members
* Edit and write research papers and protocols
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