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UNIV - Research Specialist I - Surgery: Surgical Oncology Research

Medical University of South Carolina

Medical University of South Carolina

Charleston, SC, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 21, 2023
  • R-0000015043
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • Laboratory
  • Clinical & Research Support Services
  • Full Time

Job Description Summary

The Department of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology Research is actively recruiting for a Research Specialist I. The purpose the position is to maintain animal colonies and assist in day-to-day lab maintenance and experiments with the Principal Investigator.


Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC - Univ)

Worker Type


Worker Sub-Type​

Research Grant

Cost Center

CC001073 COM SURG Surgical Oncology CC

Pay Rate Type


Pay Grade


Pay Range

$29,061 - $41,415 - $53,769

Scheduled Weekly Hours


Work Shift

Job Description

Pay Range:

$29,061.00 - $41,415.00 - $53,769.00 (min - mid - max)

Job Duties:

  • 35% - Perform work involving the use of small laboratory animals, including collecting fluids and tissues; administering drugs and cells; perform cellular, chemical, and DNA analysis of blood and tissue samples. The techniques that will be utilized, include flow cytometry and PCR.

  • 30% - Maintain laboratory instruments, supplies, and equipment. Maintain laboratory notebooks and records related to protocols, policy, and regulation.

  • 35% - Perform experiments investigating cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in immune cell function. Specifically, the applicant will utilize cell and molecular biology techniques including but limited to, cell culture, molecular cloning, and enzymatic assays; transfections and gene expression assays; protein, RNA and DNA isolation and separation; ELISA; real-time RTPCR; immunostaining and flow cytometry; proliferation and apoptosis assays and immunohistochemistry.

MUSC Minimum Training and Experience Requirements:
A high school diploma and two years work experience in a clinical or research setting; a bachelor's degree in chemistry, biology, or other natural, life or health care science may be substituted for the two years of required experience.

MUSC Physical Requirements:
(Note: The following descriptions are applicable to this section: Continuous - 6-8 hours per shift; Frequent - 2-6 hours per shift; Infrequent - 0-2 hours per shift)

Ability to perform job functions in an upright position. (Frequent)
Ability to perform job functions in a seated position. (Continuous)
Ability to perform job functions while walking/mobile. (Frequent)
Ability to climb, using step stool. (Infrequent)
Ability to work in temperature extremes (32° F to 100° F) when required due to assignments in cold rooms and/or foreign countries. (Infrequent)
Ability to work in confined/cramped spaces. (Continuous)
Ability to bend at the waist. (Frequent)
Ability to twist at the waist. (Frequent)
Ability to fully use both hands/arms. (Continuous)
Ability to perform repetitive motions with hands/wrists/elbows and shoulders. (Frequent)
Ability to fully use both legs. (Frequent)
Ability to reach in all directions, stretch, bend, while moving items/materials from both sitting and standing positions. (Frequent)
Ability to maintain good olfactory sensory function/distinction. (Continuous)
Ability to lift materials up to 20 lbs., unassisted. (Infrequent)
Ability to lift and carry 4 liter waste material bottles a distance of 30 feet, unassisted. (Frequent)
Ability to lift and carry 25-30 lbs. jugs of liquid a distance of 100 feet, unassisted. (Infrequent)
Ability to lift file boxes, from floor level to counter tops, unassisted. (Frequent) Ability to push/
Ability to lift 40 lbs. centrifuge rotors from floor level to height of 40 inches, then down 20 inches into centrifuge drum, unassisted. (Infrequent)
Ability to lift 25 lbs. boxes, from floor level to maximum height of 72 inches, unassisted. (Infrequent)
Ability to push/pull file boxes from one location to another at floor level. (Frequent)
Ability to maneuver heavy equipment on bench tops, 50 lbs. or greater, unassisted. (Frequent)
Ability to perform gross motor functions with frequent fine motor movements. (Continuous)
Ability to maintain 20/40 vision, corrected, in one eye or with both eyes. (Continuous)
Ability to match or discriminate between colors, normally. (Continuous)
Ability to hear and recognize various alarms emitting from work area systems. (Continuous)
Ability to hear and/or understand conversations. (Continuous)
Ability to work in a darkroom for processing film, etc. (Continuous)
Ability to be qualified physically for respirator use, initially and annually. (Continuous)

Additional New Requirements:

Ability to work rotating shifts as required.
Ability to work overtime as required.
Ability to learn and use new processes, tools and equipment as required.

Additional Job Description

The Department of Surgery is dedicated to ensuring the voices of our trainees, staff, faculty, and patients are heard; their thoughts are respected and their feelings are valued. We pride ourselves on creating an inclusive culture dedicated to helping shape the field of surgery to be more diverse. We value our residents, fellows, faculty, and staff of every race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability. Our goal is to continue to expand our diversity within our talented team, which leads to even more inclusive patient-centered care. Please click on the link below to learn more about our diversity efforts.

If you like working with energetic enthusiastic individuals, you will enjoy your career with us!

The Medical University of South Carolina is an Equal Opportunity Employer. MUSC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, age, sex, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, protected veteran status, family or parental status, or any other status protected by state laws and/or federal regulations. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment based upon applicable qualifications, merit and business need.

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