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Liu Research Assistant - 2

University of Georgia
retirement plan
United States, Georgia, Athens
Jun 18, 2024
Posting Details
Posting Details

Posting Number S12261P
Working Title Liu Research Assistant - 2
Department VetMed-Ctr for Neuro Dis Res
About the University of Georgia
Since our founding in 1785, the University of Georgia has operated as Georgia's oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education (https://www.uga.edu/). The proof is in our more than 235 years of academic and professional achievements and our continual commitment to higher education. UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University's main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA employs approximately 3,000 faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University's enrollment exceeds 40,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 10,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.
About the College/Unit/Department
The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, founded in 1946, is dedicated to training future veterinarians, providing services to animal owners and veterinarians, and conducting investigations to improve the health of animals as well as people. The college benefits pets and their owners, food-producing animals, and wildlife by offering the highest quality hospital and diagnostic laboratory services. Equipped with the most technologically advanced facilities located on a university campus, the college is dedicated to safeguarding public health by studying emerging infectious diseases that affect both animal and human health.
The College of Veterinary Medicine values all members of the university community, recognizing that differences in experience and culture can only lead to a more well-rounded, accepting academic environment as embodied in our Principles of Community.
College/Unit/Department website
Posting Type External
Retirement Plan TRS
Employment Type Employee
Benefits Eligibility Benefits Eligible
Full/Part time Full Time
Work Schedule
Additional Schedule Information
Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm; Additional and/or different hours may be required.
Advertised Salary $18-$20/hr. Commensurate with Experience
Posting Date 06/18/2024
Open until filled No
Closing Date 06/26/2024
Proposed Starting Date 07/07/2024
Special Instructions to Applicants
Location of Vacancy Athens Area
EEO Policy Statement
The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (hrweb@uga.edu).
USG Core Values Statement
The University System of Georgia is comprised of our 26 institutions of higher education and learning, as well as the System Office. Our USG Statement of Core Values are Integrity, Excellence, Accountability, and Respect. These values serve as the foundation for all that we do as an organization, and each USG community member is responsible for demonstrating and upholding these standards. More details on the USG Statement of Core Values and Code of Conduct are available in USG Board Policy and can be found online at https://www.usg.edu/policymanual/section8/C224/#p8.2.18_personnel_conduct.

Additionally, USG supports Freedom of Expression as stated in Board Policy 6.5 Freedom of Expression and Academic Freedom found online at https://www.usg.edu/policymanual/section6/C2653.
Position Information

Classification Title Research Paraprofessional/Professional
FLSA Non-Exempt
FTE 1.0
Minimum Qualifications

Requires technical knowledge in the field acquired through an apprenticeship, a 2-year degree, or professional certificate. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications
Position Summary
Incumbent in this position will serve as the research assistant in the Liu lab affiliated with the Center for Neurological Disease Research, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, and Department of Biomedical Sciences. The NIH-funded research projects in the Liu lab target cellular to system level mechanisms of signal processing in the brain for the sense of smell in normal physiological conditions or pathological conditions including neurodegeneration and traumatic brain injury ( TBI). The incumbent in this position will participate in animal-based experimental activities including survival and non-survival animal surgeries, data collection and analysis, data presentation and project reports, technique development and execution.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

  • Prior experience or skills in any of the following areas: tissue sectioning, immunohistochemical studies, electrophysiological recordings, confocal imaging, rodent colony maintenance and management, behavioral tests in rodents, or stereotaxic surgeries.
  • Motivation and ability to learn and acquire new research techniques in a fast paced and sometimes stressful environment.
  • Experience in working with small animals including mice.
  • Ability to comprehend instructions and follow them with common sense and critical thinking.
  • Ability to perform multiple tasks and prioritize work assignments after a training period.
  • Effectively communicate and work well with others in the lab as a team.
  • Maintain accurate documentation, pay attention to details.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Maintain a high degree of confidentiality.
  • Knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint).

Physical Demands

  • Lift up to 30 pounds.
  • Dealing with occasional stressful situations.
  • Wearing all personal protective equipment, including mask, gloves, gown, hairnet, and safety goggles.

Is driving a responsibility of this position? No
Is this a Position of Trust? Yes
Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources? No
Does this position require a P-Card? No
Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position? No
Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care? No
Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications) Yes
Credit and P-Card policy
Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.
Background Investigation Policy
Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background investigation including, a criminal background check demonstrating your eligibility for employment with the University of Georgia; confirmation of the credentials and employment history reflected in your application materials (including reference checks) as they relate to the job-based requirements of the position applied for; and, if applicable, a satisfactory credit check. You may also be subject to a pre-employment drug test for positions with high-risk responsibilities, if applicable. Please visit the UGA Background Check website.

Participation in a team or independently to perform animal-based experimental activities including survival and non-survival animal surgeries, data collection through multidisciplinary approaches available in the lab or at core facilities, data analysis and presentation, and project reports.
Percentage of time 70

Other responsibilities include acquiring, developing, and executing new techniques in pilot studies; training newcomers to the lab.

Will be responsible for animal care and management.
Percentage of time 20

Other duties as assigned by the PI.
Percentage of time 10