OPS Research Assistant

  • University of Florida
  • United States
  • Mar 11, 2023
Full Time - Fixed Term

Job Description:

Classification Title:

OPS Research Assistant

Job Description:

This position is housed in the Department of Physical Therapy in the College of Public Health and Health Professions and the Biological Sciences Building. The incumbent will assist the Principal Investigator, Dr. Russell Hepple (https://pt.phhp.ufl.edu/profile/hepple-russell/), in investigations concerning the impact of aging on skeletal muscle. Tasks include preparation of solutions and reagents used in experiments, rodent tissue harvest, preparation of muscle bundles, preparation of isolated mitochondria, and preparation of single muscle fibers. In addition, the incumbent will maintain equipment (pH meter, respirometers, fluorometer, cryostat, microscope, -80C freezer), order lab supplies and maintain records of inventory.

Job Functions include:


  • Prepare lab reagents
  • Perform tissue harvest from experimental animals
  • Prepare muscle bundles and isolated mitochondria for mitochondrial function (respirometry, ROS emission, and Calcium Retention Capacity (CRC) assays)


  • General laboratory maintenance, including maintaining adequate lab supplies (keeping inventories, ordering), troubleshooting laboratory equipment, safety compliance, etc
  • Ensure cleanliness and functionality of surgical suite
  • Prepare and autoclave surgical tools


  • Keep records of mouse colonies and liaise with ACS staff for medical treatments
  • Administer tamoxifen injections in transgenic mice


  • Basic repairs and installations of equipment, calibration and required maintenance of respirometers, fluorometer and pH meter
  • Other duties as necessary
Expected Salary:

$20.00 to $30.00 per hour, commensurate with education, skills, and experience.

Minimum Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in biology or a closely related life science field.

Preferred Qualifications:

1-2 years of prior laboratory research experience, experience with rodent tissue collection, experience conducting mitochondrial function assessments.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

In order to be considered, you must upload your cover letter and resume.

This is a 1.0 FTE full-time position Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm, unless notified otherwise. Occasional weekend and/or holiday availability may be required (animal care, laboratory emergences, etc).

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We welcome nominations of and applications from anyone who would bring additional dimensions to the university’s research, teaching and clinical mission, including women, members of minority groups, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Health Assessment Required: Yes