General responsibilities include: The position of Junior Specialist has a narrow focus in a specialized area and provides technical or specialized expertise (e.g., with instrumentation and research equipment, or with research methods) in the planning and execution of a research project. For this position, the Junior Specialist will be responsible for learning and using PK/PD modeling software to analyze results from the burn ICU fentanyl study, and will also learn point of care testing techniques for instruments measuring different analytes (i.e. glucose, lactate, and troponin). Consent of human subjects for clinical research will be tasked to the Junior Specialist, which requires excellent communication and comfort in potentially stressful situations. In addition, the Junior Specialist will be required to review journal articles involving the PK/PD of fentanyl and factors that can influence metabolism, such as injury and genetic polymorphisms, and will be expected to stay up to date on current literature from any additional projects they are participating in. The position will involve engaging in discussions with the PI on the research and the interpretation of research results. This open line of communication will be essential for the PK/PD study, as it will be the primary project for the Junior Specialist. If the opportunity arises it is also expected that the Junior Specialist will attend professional meetings to present results as a poster or oral presentation. Mentorship is an important part of the Junior Specialist position and will involve orientating undergraduates, interns, and volunteers to the lab, providing advice on study design, assisting with data collection/analysis, and reviewing presentations. This position will also involve review and editing of research proposals, grants, journal manuscripts, and abstracts prepared by the PI other member of the lab on varying topics.
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