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The Carver College of Medicine department of Microbiology and Immunology, and the department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology are seeking a Research Assistant to perform husbandry and assist in animal care functions of research animals, following facility standard operating procedures of transgenic, multi-line mouse colonies. The Research Assistant will also execute planned research activities using observation, measurement and analytical techniques. 

Duties to Include:
  • Maintain colonies of genetically modified mice; handling, breeding, weaning, identification (ear punching), tail snipping, euthanizing, transferring and shipping
  • Perform routine experimental procedures in the animal models, observe for signs of phenotype, illness, injury or stress.  Collect tissue, urine and feces samples and execute basic medical treatments of the mice, including the administration of drugs
  • Work in a barrier, high health status environment with the ability to move between barrier and non-barrier facilities effectively and efficiently, without compromising health status of animals
  • Work closely with the OAR facility and veterinarian staff to address concerns of animal care
  • Keep detailed inventory of all mouse lines and genetic profile results
  • Harvest mouse tissue including dissecting brain, blood, and other organs as needed
  • Administer drugs or chemical agents for survival and non-survival surgical procedures
  • Conduct behavioral assays in mice
  • Order and maintain records of drugs/chemical agents
  • Perform extractions of nucleic acids from mouse tissues, genotyping, and assays of gene expression
  • Assist in the maintenance of lab equipment, monitoring lab inventory and ordering of supplies
  • Read, understand and adhere to protocols
  • As skills progress, perform techniques involved with histology, immunoblotting, and survival and non-survival surgery
  • Help perform mouse experiment in Biosafety Level 2 and Biosafety Level 3 with infectious agent; Training will be provided for handling mice in BSL2 and BSL3
  • Monitor Weight loss in animals inoculated with infectious agents in BSL2 and BSL3. Collect tissue and blood for analysis

Our mission is to inspire and educate world class health care providers and scientists for the people of Iowa and our global community.

Researchers in the College's over 280 laboratories are served by state-of-the-art core research facilities and research support facilities. Much of the research conducted is interdisciplinary and collaborations are fostered and coordinated through major research centers, institutes and programs. Many faculty members are internationally renowned for their research. Two faculty members are Howard Hughes Institute Investigators, 12 are members of the Institute of Medicine and two are members of the National Academy of Sciences.


Percent of Time: 100%

Type of Position: Specified Term/One Year

Pay Grade: 3A https://hr.uiowa.edu/professional-pay/compensation-plan-structure-a-FY18

Benefits Highlights:
  • Regular salaried position located in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Fringe benefit package including paid vacation; sick leave; health, dental, life and disability insurance options; and generous employer contributions into retirement plans
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Required Qualifications:

  • Requires a Bachelor's degree in a biomedical related field, animal science, veterinary technology or other related science program or an equivalent combination of education and progressively responsible experience in an animal caretaking or research laboratory environment
  • Previous animal research experience in a laboratory, veterinary office or animal hospital with an emphasis on rodent colony maintenance, breeding, and handling
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, organizational skills, and interpersonal relationship skills
  • Experience with Microsoft Excel 
  • Familiar with procedures and regulations of the Office of Animal Resources
  • Ability to work independently while being reliable and efficient with time management

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Previous experience with rodent colony management and caretaking
  • IACUC knowledge and familiarity with up to date compliance rules and regulations
  • Experience with DNA techniques:  DNA isolation and PCR

Application Process: In order to be considered, applicants must upload a resume, cover letter optional (under submission relevant materials) that clearly address how they meet the listed required and desired qualifications of this position.


Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on December 16, 2019.


Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check. This position is not eligible for University sponsorship for employment authorization.

Equal opportunity/affirmative action employer

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance or accommodations with the application or interview process may contact University Human Resources/Faculty and Staff Disability Services, (319) 335-2660 or fsds@uiowa.edu.  For jobs in UI Health care, please contact UI Health care Leave & Disability Administration at 319-356-7543.

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