The Department of Surgery’s Visible Heart® Laboratories (VHL) seeks a highly motivated Researcher 1.
About the Job:
Oversee the organization and upkeep of the Visible Heart lab surgical facilities, by inventorying supplies and setting up the tools and requisite materials needed prior to surgeries. Provide support for surgical procedures and pre- and post-operative large animal care. Assist the principal investigators with writing protocols, reports, and collecting data. Interact with corporate sponsors, other collaborating laboratories and principal investigators using good written and oral communication. Provide support for the principal investigator, students, and staff in general research studies and experiments. Must be personally motivated to succeed in a high paced work environment. Specific duties include:
Study Participation – 45%
Conducts research in accordance with standards of GLP regulations
Keep daily logs of acute and chronic animal study protocols
Collects raw physiological data according to the protocol
Organizes data into tables and text utilizing Microsoft Excel and Word
Responsible for sensitive and confidential material
Contribute to written protocols and reports for internal and external study sponsors
Participates in study audits by quality assurance unit, responding to findings that pertain to study data collection
Maintain meticulous records and collect data accurately using GLP guidelines
Professionally corresponds with sponsors and principal investigators by phone and/or email.
Participate and assist with training and educational programs and tours.
Perform technical services for investigators including, but not limited to, anesthesia prep, monitoring and recovery, injections, sedation, euthanasia and tissue harvesting.
Responsible for set up of OR and other surgical spaces and maintaining inventory
Lab Support – 30%
Monitor schedule for, and calibrate various equipment used for the large animal research and be able to troubleshoot equipment properly
Initiate and revise lab written SOPs as needed
Assist and help coordinate to keep the laboratory clean on a daily basis, including surgical instruments and equipment
Assemble surgical and procedural instrument and packs as needed
Coordinate occupational health requirements for staff, updating and maintaining RAR protocols, organizing regulatory site visits (IACUC, AAALAC)
Initiate and maintain lab training protocols for staff, students, and faculty
Other duties as assigned
Surgical Procedures – 25%
Assist with surgical inductions and recoveries of large and small animal models
Perform and assist with various laboratory/surgical procedures when adequately trained
Monitor animal’s condition (heart rate, respiratory rate, temperature, etc) before, during, and after surgery
Become capable of evaluating and handling resuscitation conditions as needed during pre-clinical studies
This position will be supervised primarily by Kara Heinle, with input from Dr. Paul Iaizzo.
About the Department:
The Visible Heart® Laboratories embody a creative atmosphere which is energized by some of the best and brightest students at the University. Our lab staff has over 100 years of collective research experience and functions as a highly efficient and productive team. Dr. Paul A. Iaizzo has been at the University of Minnesota since 1990, performing research and teaching graduate and undergraduate courses. In 1997, Dr. Iaizzo and his coworkers began working on large mammalian isolated heart models, and thus the Visible Heart® Laboratories were created in collaboration with Medtronic. Today, these labs are a premiere place to perform translational systems physiology research which ranges from cellular and tissue studies to organ and whole body investigations. Additional information about the Visible Heart® Laboratories can be found at: www.vhlab.umn.edu.
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials
Bachelor’s degree in social or natural science or associates degree as a surgical technologist; or equivalent combination of education and work experience to equal 4 years.
Must be willing to work a flexible work week; core lab hours are 7am to 3:30pm
Must be able to lift 50 lbs by oneself, must be able to sit and stand for long periods
Training relative to working in a surgical environment
Must be able to wear PPE for long periods of time and be around volatile anesthetics
Experience with preclinical research - animal models for medical research; some knowledge of implantable devices
Surgical set-up skills and experience acute studies with sterile procedure
Experience with working as a team member in a surgical - laboratory setting
Knowledge of animal and some human anatomy and physiology
Experience with conducting research according to standards: e.g. GLP regulations
Experience with conducting - documenting ongoing research according to approved scientific protocols and summarizing data in reports
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