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Research Fellow

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Position Summary

Conducts a variety of complex laboratory procedures and is able to conduct independent research in consultation with the principal investigator. The research fellow has a sufficient level of experience, expertise and independence to conduct a defined research project, in coordination with the fellow’s dissertation to be responsible for its inception, implementation and completion with reporting of results in a peer reviewed forum.

Required Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

1. Communication skills that are sufficiently developed that the individual at this level will be able to present research results at regional and national research conferences.
2. Candidate for a Ph.D. in biology, chemistry.
3. The research fellow will have demonstrated a level of independence to perform laboratory responsibilities.

Ideal Candidate Will Have:

  • Experience working with mice in a research setting.
  • The ability to quickly and accurately perform basic laboratory math.
  • Adipogenic or osteogenic assay experience.
  • Research knowledge and experience in: cancer or metabolic diseases, bone diseases, tissue engineering.
  • Skills in lab research including: cell isolate, counting, and differentiation; tissue digestion/processing, confocal microscopy, FACS/flow cytometry, drug treatments, bioluminescence and fluorescence assays.

Essential Functions 

1. Conducts complex laboratory procedures and analyses using a variety of manual techniques and laboratory instrumentation. The research fellow may serve as a laboratory or institute resource as a principal user or expert in a specialized instrument or technology
2. Collaborates with the Principal Investigator and other institute investigators as part of the overall responsibility for project inception and completion
3. Participates in the training of undergraduates, summer students and institute personnel at all levels in the research associates area of expertise including advanced training of institute instrumentation cores where applicable.
4. Stays current in literature relevant to area of research interest and expertise. May present research results at regional or national conferences.
5. May provide substantial input, both data and its interpretation, in the preparation of both manuscripts and grants.
6. Will be proactive in identifying, reporting and participating in the resolution of any potential or actual patient safety issues.
7. Prepares advanced training of personnel in the use of key technology, or may act as the operator of a core technology for the institute.
8. Interprets and presents research results in manuscript form where the research fellow has been the principal participant in a research project.

*Position availability is directly related to grant funding

Technology Manager/Data Analyst

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Position Summary

This individual’s primary responsibility will be to manage applications of a specific technology/software. This includes, but is not limited to oversight of using this technology, maintenance of the technology, overall technical and quality assurance operations, supply management, and training and instruction of the technology. The position may or may not have direct supervisory responsibility depending on the requirements of the project or program. Position availability is directly related to grant funding.

The ideal candidate will have:

  1. Formal academic training and experience with biostatistics and data analysis.
  2. Strong statistical programming skills with SAS and preferably one or more other software packages (e.g., R, STATA, SPSS, etc.).
  3. Strong database management skills.
  4. Prior experience working in clinical or health services research, public health, or similar settings with an interdisciplinary team is preferred.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  1. Bachelor’s degree in specialized/relevant field or Master’s degree, PhD preferred.
  2. Two years of directly related experience.
  3. May be proficient in operation of one or more applications within a specific technology.
  4.  Skills should include ability to troubleshoot problems and analyze the data obtained from instrumentation.
  5.  Certifications based on technology, if applicable.
  6.  Must have good organizational and personnel management skills.
  7.  Project management skills, communication skills, both personal and written, business skills and schedule planning acumen.
  8.  Visual acuity, manual dexterity, math skills and a scientific acumen required.PhD or MS plus experience or a BS in a specialized related field.

Research Associate I – Bench Research

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Position Summary

Conducts a variety of complex laboratory procedures and is able to conduct independent research in consultation with the principal investigator. The research associate has a sufficient level of experience, expertise and independence to conduct a defined research project with overall responsibility for its inception, implementation and completion with reporting of results in a peer reviewed forum.

Position availability is directly related to grant funding.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  1. Demonstrated ability above that of a Research Assistant III.
  2.  Communication skills that are sufficiently developed that the individual at this level will be able to present research results at regional and national research conferences.
  3. Visual acuity, manual dexterity, math skills and a scientific acumen are required.
  4. Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, Master’s degree preferred.
  5. Two + years of relevant experience with Master’s degree, 3+ years with Bachelor’s degree.

The ideal candidate will have:

  1. Prior research experience in cell culture, western blot, qRT-PCR, ELISA, etc.
  2. Experience working with mice in a research setting.
  3. The ability to quickly and accurately perform basic laboratory math.
  4. Experience in contributing to a publication, ideally as first author, in a peer-reviewed, high impact factor journal.
  5. Adipogenic or osteogenic assay experience.
  6. Research knowledge and experience in: cancer or metabolic disease, bone disease.
  7. Skills in lab research including: cell counting, differentiation assays, cell isolation, tissue digestion/processing, confocal microscopy, FACS, drug treatments, bioluminescence and fluorescence assays.
  8. Experience contributing to publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Essential Functions

Research Support

  • Conducts standard laboratory procedures and analyses using a variety of manual techniques and instrumentation to analyze experimental data.
  • Maintains logs and notebooks of all work?related activity to assists in the preparation of materials for grants and manuscripts.
  • Examine animals and or specimens and measure or weigh compounds and solutions for testing.
  • Follow training expectations as defined by project.
  • Follows all procedures and protocols as defined.

Technology

Uses computers, equipment, and high technology applications to perform work duties.

Collaboration

Collaborates and communicates with internal laboratory members to work effectively.

BioBank Assistant

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Position Summary

This position is responsible for all operations of the BioBank which includes obtaining patient informed consent and collecting, processing and distributing human surgical tissue, blood and body fluids for research.  Medical Assistants, Surgical Technicians and Laboratory Technicians are encouraged to apply.

Conducts a variety of BioBank procedures under the general supervision of the Research Program Director or designee. Assists BioBank personnel and other medical personnel as appropriate. Set up, process, and maintain the day-to-day technical tasks of the BioBank. Must be able to recognize problems or deviations in BioBank process and procedure and notify appropriate personnel. Position masters routine techniques and procedures relevant to overall goals of the BioBank. Salaried Position Full-Time (40 hours M-F).

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  • Interpersonal skills necessary to communicate and work effectively.
  • Visual acuity, manual dexterity, math skills and a scientific acumen are required.
  • Associate degree in related field required. Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • One year of relevant experience preferred.

Preferred Additional Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Direct patient contact or customer service experience
  • Clinical Laboratory experience desirable
  • Clinical Trials experience desirable
  • Basic Medical Terminology knowledge
  • Basic Anatomy & Physiology knowledge
  • Microsoft Office experience especially Excel and Word
  • Comfortable with office work and sitting for periods of time
  • Exceptional attention to detail

This position is in support of research but is not itself directly involved in research.

Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator

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Position Summary

The Research Nurse Coordinator position involves many aspects of research coordination. This includes collaboration with the Principle Investigator, Program Coordinator, Study Center, and relevant MMC Departments. The primary responsibilities include study coordination and acting as a hospital educator/resource person for studies.

This position is for a busy, dynamic, and very successful gynecologic oncology research program.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  • Current license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of Maine.
  • Interpersonal and communication skills to interact effectively with patients, families and other healthcare providers. Ability to collaborate with multiple disciplines and departments.
  • Knowledge of current research related policies and procedures as well as appropriate process for initiating revisions.
  • Thorough knowledge of theory, practice, principles, processes and issues of nursing usually acquired through 2-3 years of clinical experience.
  • Analytical ability necessary to keep records, maintain inventory levels and perform data entry.
  • Ability to manage complex projects through all phases of development, implementation, and follow-up.