Jul 29, 2022


  • University of Missouri
  • Missouri, USA

Job Description

Job Description The School of Medicine and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery are pleased to announce the opening of a Research Specialist I position in our Thompson Laboratory for Regenerative Orthopaedics. The Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, central Missouri's largest freestanding Orthopaedic center, is seeking an energetic, professional, and highly motivated Laboratory Research Specialist I, who is interested in joining a fast-paced, highly productive team. The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery’s World-Class Research program consists of a 49+ member team conducting basic science, translational and clinical orthopaedic research. The Missouri Orthopaedic Institute (MOI) houses the Thompson Laboratory for Regenerative Orthopaedics (TLRO), which is the only comprehensive orthopaedic research laboratory housed within a freestanding orthopaedic hospital in the world. Our robust Orthopaedic Research Division is responsible for more than 100 ongoing research projects, with more than 40 of those being clinical research/trials. The ideal candidate will play an instrumental role in the success of sustaining our department’s mission: advance the clinical, research and teaching components of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Missouri. This position will partner with clinical and research staff to support advancement of the overall culture of Missouri Orthopaedic Institute and our C3 Orthopaedics Initiative (Comprehensive, Cutting Edge, Caring Culture), which fosters a fast learning and continuously improving organization to further our mission. We have an opening on our team and are looking for someone with the following characteristics, which complement our culture and work environment: 1.         Highly engaged and described as proactive and self-determined 2.         Positive attitude, personable with a desire for close and collaborative working relationships 3.         Thrive in a fast-paced environment and who will be flexible and problem-solve in real time 4.         Highly organized who is detail-oriented Position Overview: •          Contribute to a positive, efficient, and high-functioning research work environment •          Monitor orthopaedic research processes/workflow to improve as necessary •          Initiate and engage in organized and professional communication and collaboration with clinical staff, clinical faculty, orthopaedic research team colleagues, University of Missouri System research contacts, industry research contacts, and orthopaedic research division leadership •          Oversee, organize, restock, and maintain Thompson Laboratory for Regenerative Orthopaedics supplies and equipment •          Anticipate laboratory personnel/faculty needs as projects are to become active •          Organize laboratory supplies and keep labeled correctly and readily available via established a lab location key document •          Complete laboratory supply/equipment ordering, tracking, and proper storage/placement and documentation upon arrival •          Maintain meticulous research and inventory records •          Oversee and keep meticulous records related to laboratory personnel Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) training •          Closely follow, teach, and enforce all applicable research and environmental policies and procedures •          Oversee and ensure compliance and meticulous record keeping for laboratory procedures and standards of practice •          Effective organization and compliant implementation of research sample shipping: USA or International •          Responsible for laboratory machine records, servicing of equipment and calibration •          Work successfully with a variety of people/personalities with varying knowledge levels (undergraduate students, graduate students, research coordinators/staff, research faculty, orthopaedic residents, orthopaedic surgeons, orthopaedic fellows) •          Keep the laboratory prepared for inspections at all times   •          Organize sterilization and prepare for research animal surgeries •          Assistance with animal studies and animal care •          Build and maintain multiple lab systems for compliance and efficiency •          Maintain responsibility for processing research samples from orthopaedic human clinical research as applicable •          Perform assays and culture for studies •          Contact the appropriate personnel/companies to either fix or replace & yearly service of laboratory items or equipment, drop off or received items •          Effectively train on the following: •          Tissue culturing practices •          Teaches lab safety training and protocols •          Guidance on completion of laboratory courses required for working in the lab & the active application of what is learned from those courses at all times

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