Lab Assistant

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. lYou will also assist in ovariectomy and castrations, assist in 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 making frequently-used reagents as lab stock). Lastly, the employee will be assisting the postdoc for data collection and anlaysis.
Qualifications

REQUIRED

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

Oral and written communication skills to provide information, and update of progress assignments

Mac skills and Word and database software programs

Knowledge of standard laboratory equipment, supplies, and animals to maintain inventory and stock

Working knowledge of PCR, and gel apparatus

Knowledge of University purchasing procedures and regulations

Possess excellent verbal and written English skills

PREFERRED

Psychobiology Major with junior standing

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.

Ability to tabulate results accurately and present them verbally in a comprehensive presentation to the supervisor.

Ability to learn new software programs and laboratory techniques as needed.

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.

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