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Job Description for Lab Assistant – Pharmacology and Toxicology
Position Type: IUPUI
Job Title: Lab Assistant
Salary Level $10.15 per hour

Job Description:
Conduct various research initiatives per the laboratory supervisor or project director.
Duties to include:
Will be required to work with animals
Clean laboratory, dishware, and equipment
Make buffer solutions and cell grown media
Other duties as assigned.

Learning Objectives: Important laboratory skills that you will develop in this position are interpersonal communication, knowledge of scientific methods to solve problems, information gathering and organization, and critical thinking.
Preference is given to undergraduate students in science-related majors.

Work-study award

This is an entry level laboratory assistant position designed to assist the laboratory personnel in research. Our laboratory is interested in establishing the mechanisms by which chemotherapeutic drugs cause neuropathy in patients undergoing treatment for cancer. This neuropathy is problematic because it can limit the amount of chemotherapy that a patient can tolerate and because currently there are limited options for treating the pain. To demonstrate how these drugs alter sensory neuron function, we use rodents (mostly rats, some mice) in an animal model of neuropathy. To specifically examine the signaling mechanisms by which the drugs alter neuronal sensitivity, we use in vitro studies. The harvests for these in vitro studies (sacrifice of the animal, collection of tissues, etc.) are time-consuming and thus we need assistance from skillful hands.

Requested Document Notes Duration: Fall and Spring semester, Summer semester
Approximate Hours per week: 10