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MMRI is an equal opportunity employer

The Masonic Medical Research Institute (MMRI) is dedicated to improving the health and quality of life for all humankind. The Institute’s primary mission is to conduct high quality basic biomedical and clinical research aimed at generating knowledge and information necessary for understanding molecular mechanisms of disease and development of medical cures and treatments of tomorrow. We are also committed to providing education and training to basic scientists, clinical researchers and students who will perpetuate and extend the fight against disease worldwide.

Our vision is to build scientific teams that can combine molecular biology, chemistry, computation, technology and engineering to create novel approaches to understanding and deciphering causes of disease. Using this knowledge, we will advance basic research to clinical application, therapeutics and cures. The Institute will foster an environment of creativity, risk-taking, and open sharing of data and research. We will seek collaborations, both within the Institute and worldwide, in our mission to combat disease.

Masonic Medical Research Institute (MMRI) has immediate openings for multiple positions.

1.Assistant or Associate Professor

The Masonic Medical Research Institute seeks a basic or translational investigator to join the Cardiovascular Institute at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.  We are looking for outstanding, dynamic individuals to bring intellectual leadership and rigorous scholarship to our exciting program.  The position offers opportunities and resources for the successful candidate to build upon existing research efforts and create new collaborations with basic, clinical, and translational research leaders within the MMRI and other upstate New York area affiliated hospitals and institutions.  The successful candidate will be provided with significant support to continue developing his or her own independent research.  We expect the applicant to have an MD, PhD, or both.  We are particularly interested in individuals with research experience in cardiovascular genetics, metabolism, inflammation, or heart failure, though outstanding investigators in any area of cardiovascular research will be considered.  The successful candidate should also have an established track record of scholarly achievement.   A successful track record of grant writing is critical.  Faculty rank will be determined by the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.

MMRI is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. It welcomes nominations of and applications from women, members of minority groups, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities, as well as from others who would bring additional dimensions to the institution’s research, teaching and clinical missions.

Interested candidates should submit their curriculum vitae, a brief letter outlining their interests and the names of three references to:  Director of Human Resources:  amy@mmrl.edu.

2.  Animal Research Facilities Manager

Job Description

We are seeking a Animal Research Facilities Manager who will serve as manager of our new state-of-the-art vivarium and animal research facilities. General responsibilities include: coordinating animal care, standards, and training for animal care. The Animal Research Facilities Manager ensures the humane, responsible, and scientifically or instructionally sound use of animals at Masonic Medical Research Institute by enforcing compliance with all Laboratory, state and federal regulations in laboratory animal facilities.

Job Responsibilities:

• Manages the operational activities of all Laboratory animal research facilities by training and monitoring staff in the appropriate care, handling, and use of animals, maintaining formal, regular communication with all departments and staff engaged in animal research, engaging in hands-on involvement in procedures and in routine animal husbandry activities, and maintaining accurate records on animal health and animal usage.
• Ensures the humane, responsible, and scientifically or instructionally sound use of animals at the Laboratory by maintaining current knowledge of laboratory animal science as well as regulations and standards affecting the use of animals in research and education, ensuring that the care of animals and condition of facility environment are in compliance with federal regulations, and conducting regular inspections of animal care and use facilities.
• In coordination with the IACUC and the Director of Research, develops and implements institutional animal care and use policies, programs, and standard operating procedures to comply with regulations and nationally accepted standards such as the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.
• Advises the administration on budgetary matters affecting the animal research facilities.
• Prepares reports to governmental agencies in compliance with regulations and policies, in collaboration with the Director of Research.
• Pre-reviews submissions to the IACUC and conducts post-approved monitoring of research protocols.
• Advises the Director of Research and the IACUC regarding potential issues affecting the use of animals in research and education.
• Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.
• Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as required by the supervisor.
• Supports the Director of Research by performing all other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

• Education: A Bachelor’s degree in a biological or animal science or a related field is required.
• Experience: At least two years of experience in animal care and facilities, with at least one year of experience at a research facility, is required. Experience with the care of transgenic mice is required. Experience in laboratory animal facilities management is required. At least one year of conducting scientific research is required.
• Certification: Must be an American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) Certified Lab Animal Technician (LAT).
• Skills: Must have knowledge of regulations and national standards relating to the care and use of animals in research and education, issues pertaining to the care and use of animals in research and education, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) responsibilities and procedures,the OLAW Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare and the role and value of animal use in biological research.
• Strong organizational, communication, interpersonal, and teaching skills are required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required. An understanding of accounting and budget preparation is preferred. An understanding of databases in order to access records is preferred.
• Effort: Occasional lifting and carrying of materials and equipment weighing up to fifty pounds is required. Normal color vision is required in order to conduct experiments.
Other: Work hours may include weekends and holidays. Must respond to after-hour emergency calls when necessary.

3. Animal Care Technician

The Animal Care Technician’s primary responsibility is to provide basic husbandry, handling, restraint and health surveillance of laboratory animals in compliance with local regulatory requirements. This individual will also provide record keeping of laboratory species, their environments, and provide basic technical assistance (i.e., restraint, injections, bleeds) to other technicians and researchers.

Job Responsibilities

• Perform routine animal husbandry and welfare duties as directed.
• Support research by providing basic technical services to research investigators.
• Supply appropriate food and water for animals housed in the vivarium.
• Clean and provide animal housing and associated materials/equipment within assigned animal rooms.
• Observe and report status of animal health, food and water consumption, appearance, behavior; provide support in animal health monitoring and basic veterinary medical treatment as prescribed by the Manager of Animal Facilities.
• Observe and record vivarium environmental conditions.
• Perform sanitation duties within assigned animal rooms and vivarium areas.
• Maintain and perform housekeeping of facility support areas.
• Support cage wash equipment operations and maintenance.
• Adhere to Masonic Medical Research Institute and departmental safety policies and departmental SOPs and guidelines while demonstrating competency in facility safety protocols.
• Establish and maintain appropriate and quality communication, teamwork, collaboration, and cooperation.

Qualifications

• Educational Background:
High school degree or GED required; Associates or BS/BA in related field preferred AALAS certification at the ALAT level preferred
• Work Experience:
Experience working in a laboratory animal setting required. In general, a colleague at this level will have 1 year of experience.
Basic computer knowledge such as email, online forms, web-based training and other basic programs.
• Physical Requirements
Ability to demonstrate level of technical skills and abilities.
Must be able to lift 50 pounds and work standing up lifting items above shoulder level for extended periods of time.
Ability to perform repetitive physical activities such as: pushing and pulling racks of caging, lifting bags of feed and bedding, reaching, stooping and bending. A functional Capacity Evaluation may be required.
• Experience working in a research setting preferred.
• All colleagues should have functional knowledge of Microsoft Office, Outlook, calendar management and Internet Explorer time tracking and document management. (e.g. SharePoint, Activity Tracker) Knowledge and use of other systems based upon job function may be required.

4.Post-doctoral Positions

a) Post-doctoral positions are available for highly motivated and talented MDs and/or PhDs who want to pursue a successful career in understanding how protein-tyrosine kinases and phosphatases relate to cardiac development and disease.  Specifically, these positions will focus on elucidating the fundamental mechanisms underlying both congenital heart disease and end-stage heart failure and utilize novel technologies, such as iPSCs and CRISPR-Cas9, in vivo mouse model systems, and molecular biology techniques to decipher the aberrant developmental, molecular signaling, and disease mechanisms in the heart.

b) Post-doctoral position immediately available at the Masonic Medical Research Institute to examine molecular genetic and epigenetic mechanisms controlling cardiac hypertrophy and heart failure. A dedicated, self-motivated scientist holding a Ph.D. or equivalent degree with experience in molecular biology, biochemistry and animal handling (preferred) is sought. Comprehensive novel technologies including chromatin immunoprecipitation, RNA-seq, state of the art imaging among others will be used in iPSC, primary cardiac cells and genetically modified mice to study abnormal gene regulation, chromatin structure and molecular signaling in the diseased heart. The candidate will be offered a competitive salary.

If interested, please send CV and 3 reference letters to:

Director of Human Resources
Masonic Medical Research Institute
2150 Bleecker St
Utica, NY 13501
amy@mmrl.edu