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Research Assistant- Munson Lab

Company: Virginia Tech
Location: Roanoke
Posted on: January 27, 2023

Job Description:

Job Description

A full-time research assistant is sought for the lab of Dr. Jenny Munson at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at Virginia Tech Carilion. The Munson lab is an interdisciplinary research group of engineers and biologists that study the impact of fluid flow in various pathologic conditions including brain and breast cancer and Alzheimer's Disease. We use a range of tools and techniques to model biological processes. We work with collaborators all over the world and clinicians that have direct impact on patient treatment. In addition to our research, we are actively engaged with the surrounding community through outreach programs. We seek a qualified individual who will be responsible for small animal husbandry and procedures in the laboratory, and other duties as assigned. This position will operate on a standard 9am - 5pm work day and follow Virginia Tech's holiday schedule. Any inquiries regarding this position should be directed to Jennifer Munson ( The duties of the role will include though may not be limited to the following:

* Making significant contributions to the projects assigned and the achievement of the project's research goals.
* Completion of animal surgeries across multiple projects
* Monitoring and documenting of mouse colonies, genotyping, and general husbandry
* Injections and administration of substances for animal work.
* Preparation of mice for imaging work.
* Research record keeping.
* Maintaining accurate and confidential records used for conducting and monitoring multiple studies.
* Training and assistant of other members on animal work.
* Participating in research team meetings to report on research progress, improve data collection processes, assist with problem solving, and address protocol issues that arise during the course of research studies.
* Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

* BS or MA/MS in biology, neuroscience, or related field, and/or the equivalent level of training and lab experience.
* Effective interpersonal and communication skills to work with colleagues in a diverse and engaging environment
* Ability to work collaboratively
* Basic computer skills (Microsoft Office - Word, Powerpoint, Excel)
* Molecular Biology experience (PCR)
* Mammalian cell culture experience
* Demonstrated organizational skills or experience
* The ability to work effectively and collegially.
* Openness to small animal work

Preferred Qualifications

* Experience in one or more of the following research areas: neuroscience, biology, psychology, or nutrition.
* Experience with basic laboratory protocols including molecular works, data collection, and data management.
* Technical writing skills
* Familiarity with reading of scientific writing
* Experience with small animal handling
* 3D printing

Pay Band


Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with experience

Review Date

November 7th, 2022

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.
If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Brittany Shelton at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Keywords: Virginia Tech, Roanoke , Research Assistant- Munson Lab, Healthcare , Roanoke, Virginia

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