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Sanford Health Research Specialist - Brain Development - Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Job Title: Research Specialist | Brain Development - Neurodevelopmental Disorders | Sioux Falls

City: Sioux Falls

State: SD

Department : Pilaz Lab - Sioux Falls

Job Schedule: Full Time

Shift: Days

Hours Per Shift: 8 hr


Assists with research projects. Makes intellectual contributions to current research activities and contributes to the design of experiments and new techniques. Prepares and weighs samples for testing and analysis. Conducts tests, assays and other protocols as needed and under supervision.

Properly documents procedural actions as well as results. Analyzes and/or summarizes findings. Reviews and researches current literature as directed related to current research projects.

Basic or general knowledge of laboratory procedures required.

May be expected to perform more complex scientific techniques, such as isolate and maintain various cell types in culture, including stem cells and perform studies involving animal models.

May also be expected to know techniques specific to the research program.

As a multi-site institution, occasional local travel between sites may be required.


Provides examples of individuals with good interpersonal skills and their specific skills. Productively balances speed and accuracy. Presents a positive attitude and job proficiency, striving to bring ones' best self to work each day. Operates and calibrates equipment in a basic laboratory environment. Identifies various practices, behaviors and methods that promote organizational commitment. Helps others understand laboratory equipment safety and operating policies and procedures. Demonstrates the ability to work according to established norms and processes. Applies available tools and resources to work efficiently. Speaks/writes using correct language, mechanics, and gestures. Receives and stores laboratory supplies; sets order limits and calculates replenishment orders.


The Pilaz lab studies the embryonic development of the cerebral cortex and the molecular mechanisms underlying neurodevelopmental diseases such as autism, microcephaly and other forms of intellectual disabilities. Within the Pilaz Lab, the candidate would work with mouse models to help investigate how the regulation of chromatin accessibility, RNA transport and local protein synthesis control key aspects of neuron and neural stem cell behaviors.

The candidate is expected to assist other research investigators by performing non-complex research and experimentation following established protocols, to perform routine lab and equipment maintenance, such as cleaning glassware, counter tops, and equipment. The candidate may be responsible for calibration of instruments and to setup and operate various scientific apparatus. The candidate may be expected to perform more complex scientific techniques, such as isolate and maintain various cell types in culture, including stem cells and perform studies involving animal models.

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Bachelor's degree in a clinical, health or life science field required.

Demonstrated prior experience and competence in research a environment preferred.

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City: Sioux Falls

State: SD

Job Function: Research

Job Schedule: Full Time

Shift: Days

Req Number: WD12131