Lab Researcher - Majka Lab

  • Denver, CO
  • *National Jewish Health - Main Campus
  • Medicine - Pulmonary Division
  • Full Time - Day Shift
  • Laboratory Research
  • Req #: 13597
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Summary

 

The Majka Lab at National Jewish Health and seeking a motivated Lab Researcher to join their innovative team studying lung stem cell fate and function. 

Our lab has discovered and characterized a novel population of resident lung mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) in murine and human systems. Research efforts are focused on understanding how these stem cells regulate tissue homeostasis as well as remodeling at the expense of repair during chronic lung disease.

Training on specific techniques used in the laboratory will be provided. Experience with animal handling is preferred. Models to study stem cell fate and function used in our research include in vitro cell culture and in vivo modeling of angiogenesis and lung disease. General techniques utilized in the lab include:  quantitation of cardiovascular and airway physiology, establishment of primary cell lines,  3D culture and live cell imaging, confocal & 2-photon microscopy,  histology, flow cytometry, and molecular biology (PCR, Western blots, transfections, siRNA etc.). 
 

Position Summary    

The position is responsible for planning, developing, executing and monitoring testing techniques and investigative procedures under the direction of a Principal Investigator or Lab Manager.  


Essential Duties    

  1. Develops new techniques and investigative procedures, including scientific routines, computer programming techniques and data reporting techniques.
  2. Monitors quality control of routines, experiments, general laboratory activities and the use of research animals in the laboratory setting.
  3. Performs laboratory functions unique to the assigned laboratory.
  4. Provides general guidance to laboratory staff, including technicians, support and auxiliary staff.  Acts as a leader for laboratory programs and staff in assigned areas.
  5. Demonstrates enhanced proficiency in data analysis, preparation of glassware, extraction and plating procedures, programming and mathematical ordering systems.
  6. Prepares statistical tabulations, using a calculator or computer.
  7. Oversees supply functions, inventory control, equipment use and maintenance, and animal care and ordering, as needed.
  8. Maintains compliance with all institutional / safety training requirements.
  9. Maintains laboratory records, supplies, samples in an organized manner (such as a laboratory notebook and sample storage record).
  10. Acts a liaison to other department personnel, outside investigators, and vendors.
  11. Performs routine and non-routine tests leading to the successful completion of developed experiments.


Other Duties & Responsibilities    

  1. Performs all other duties as assigned.


Key Competencies    

  1. Laboratory Knowledge: Demonstrates and understands laboratory testing and methodology.
  2. Decision Quality: Makes good decisions based upon a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgement.  Sought out by others for advice and solutions.
  3. Adaptability: Maintains effectiveness in the midst of change in work responsibilities or environment, requirements ambiguity, or stress.
  4. Problem Solving: Uses issue identification, data relation and comparison, pattern recognition and information gathering to create analyses and make recommendations.
  5. Informing/Communicating: Conveys ideas, responses, or instructions effectively, appropriately, and persuasively through writing or speech.
  6. Professional Relationships: Interacts with others in a constructive, positive, and respectful manner, regardless of individual differences. Assists team members or co-workers in achieving personal goals and completing assignments.
  7. Drive for Excellence: Consistently meets performance expectations, ensures that accurate, objective, and timely measures of quality are made and used.
  8. Innovation Management: Identifies key trends, opportunities, and organizational capabilities that would bring competitive advantage to the organization.  Sees trends before others and integrates concepts in a unique way.


Core Values

  1. Be available to work as scheduled and report to work on time.
  2. Be willing to accept supervision and work well with others.
  3. Be well groomed, appropriately for your role and wear ID Badge visibly.
  4. Be in compliance with all departmental and institutional policies, the Employee Handbook, Code of Conduct and completes NetLearning by due date annually.
  5. Fosters an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the institution.
  6. Adheres to safe working practices and at all times follows all institutional and departmental safety policies and procedures. 
  7. Wears appropriate PPE as outlined by the infection control policies and procedures.
  8. Demonstrates compliance with all state, federal and all other regulatory agency requirements.


Minimum Qualifications


Education    

BS /BA Degree required


Work Experience    

2 years of Laboratory Experience required or A  Master’s Degree and laboratory experience may be substituted for the required 2 years of work experience.


Special Training, Certification or Licensure    

None

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