OMRF is an independent, not-for-profit biomedical research institute adjacent to the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) campus in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City offers a dynamic and flourishing downtown area, with low cost of living, short commute times and a diversified economy.
OMRF’s excellence can only be fully realized by individuals who share our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Successful candidates will demonstrate commitment to these values. OMRF is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected characteristic.
We offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits including, medical, dental, and vision insurance, minimum 8% company retirement contribution, vacation and sick leave, paid holidays, onsite café, free onsite fitness center with access to personal trainer, free parking and much more! Relocation assistance available for those located 50 miles outside of Oklahoma City metro and out of state. Learn more about our benefits here.Responsibilities:
The Forsthoefel Lab utilizes the intestine of the planarian flatworm as a model to understand fundamental and medically relevant mechanisms of regeneration. Projects are oriented towards understanding how adult stem cells repair damaged digestive tissue, how the intestine signals damage, and how disease-linked genes function in a regeneration-competent animal. We seek an individual to join our team of intelligent, driven, fun, and curious scientists as a Research Technician.
Responsibilities will be balanced between research (~75%) and laboratory maintenance (~25%). Research responsibilities will include assessing gene expression and function during regeneration using in situ hybridization, RNA interference, and microscopy. These efforts will require documentation of experiments and analysis of results, generation of figures for publications and grants, and participation and presentation in lab/departmental meetings and planning sessions. Laboratory maintenance responsibilities will include caring for the lab's planarian colony (feeding, cleaning, and monitoring water quality), ordering supplies, preparing reagents, and general organization.
Initially, the Research Technician will work closely with senior lab members to support ongoing projects, but opportunities for independent projects may emerge, depending on the chosen candidate’s capabilities and career goals. This is an ideal position for an individual seeking to gain research experience prior to graduate school, or for someone interested in moving laterally into the regeneration field. Salary and responsibilities will be commensurate with experience.
- BS/BA degree in one of the biological sciences, with courses in cell, developmental, and molecular biology; or equivalent years of professional, paid, relevant laboratory experience.
- Experienced in laboratory pipetting technique.
- Able to calculate solution molarity/concentration/dilution.
- Able to record detailed procedures and results in lab notebooks, Excel spreadsheets, etc.
- Excellent organizational, communication, and time management (e.g., multi-tasking) skills.
- Able to complete experiments efficiently and on deadlines.
- Familiarity with the scientific method.
- Able to work collaboratively in teams with others from diverse backgrounds.
- Self-motivated and able to work independently without supervision in areas of proficiency.
- Interest in cellular and molecular mechanisms of regeneration.
- Willing to learn new experimental techniques and approaches.
- Active commitment to professionalism, continuous learning, and growth.
OMRF has mandated the COVID-19 vaccine for all employees, excluding those with an approved medical or religious accommodation, as a condition of employment. Applicants must have received, or be willing to receive, a COVID-19 vaccine by their start date to be considered for employment.Preferred Qualifications:
- Previous hands-on experience working in a life sciences laboratory.
- Experience in one or more of the following areas: laboratory animal care (worms, flies, fish, mice, etc.), histology/immunolabeling/tissue labeling, in situ hybridization, molecular biology (e.g., PCR, DNA electrophoresis), microbiology/sterile technique, microscopy, or basic bioinformatics (e.g., BLAST, CD-Search, Geneious/DNAStar). Additional training will be provided as appropriate.
- Candidates able to make a two-year commitment are preferred.
- MS degree in one of the biological sciences, with courses in cell, developmental, and molecular biology.
Please upload your resume/CV and transcripts.
Please email an optional cover letter to David Forsthoefel, Ph.D. (David-Forsthoefel@omrf.org).Work Hours:
Typically, Monday-Friday, 8:30-5:00, but must be willing to work occasional overtime, weekends, and/or holidays.