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Carries out sophisticated molecular biology, primarily on yeasts, and manages data, strains, equipment, and supplies; does some basic training of undergraduate researchers. Communicates results and challenges and suggests solutions. Meticulous laboratory technique and data management are essential.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Carries out a wide range of molecular biology experiments including cloning, PCR, qPCR, culturing and transformation of cells, isolation of DNA and RNA, gel purification, DNA and RNA quantification, reverse transcription, and preparation of DNA and RNA libraries for Illumina sequencing.
Uses lab automation such as a pipetting robot and enters protocols if needed.
Carries out basic light microscopy.
Maintains collection of yeast strains, including storage, retrieval, and use of strain database.
Keeps careful and detailed electronic notebooks, keeps records, and enters and organizes data in computer-based data tracking systems.
Writes highly detailed protocols for methods used. Reads and adapts published protocols.
Ensures that all laboratory safety requirements are met.
Trains students in basic laboratory procedures and safety.
Coordinates work with other technicians, students, and postdocs.
Supervises bench work of undergraduate research assistants.
Participates in regular meetings with PI and collaborators. Reports progress and challenges clearly and succinctly.
Designs appropriate experimental controls and basic data quality control.
Anticipates problems with proposed experimental procedures.
Plots and summarizes data and progress as appropriate
Creates weekly plans and progress reports for PI.
Cleans and organizes refrigerators and other lab equipment.
Performs other duties as assigned.
BS or MS in biology or a closely related field.
Minimum 2 years of experience working in a molecular biology lab, which can include undergraduate or master’s research concurrent with education, if sufficiently intensive.
Experience handling and maintaining integrity of RNA.
MS in biology or a closely related field.
At least 2 years of experience working in a molecular biology lab full time.
Experience working with yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae).
Proven track record of successfully manipulating RNA and DNA.
Ability to make calculations concerning concentrations and to accurately transfer small amounts of liquid by pipetting.
Ability to design PCR primers using software.
Ability to use diverse software and computer interfaces, including spreadsheets, slide presentations, university ordering systems, etc.
Good oral communication skills.
Reasonably good written communication skills (e.g. writing protocols).
Ability to follow highly detailed protocols in the molecular biology lab.
This position is eligible for full-time benefits. Please visit our website at http://hr.wustl.edu to view a summary of benefits.
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week. Position hours are generally Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm.
The hiring range for this position is $15.46 - $20.88 per hour.
Internal Applicant Instruction:
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
Applicant Special Instructions:
Standard modern molecular biology laboratory, including simple automations.
Offers made for this position are contingent upon the successful completion of all required pre-employment screens, including a criminal background check and verification of required professional licenses, registrations, or certifications.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering. This position is for the Medical School Campus.
Washington University in St. Louis, a medium-sized, independent university, is dedicated to challenging its faculty and students alike to seek new knowledge and greater understanding of an ever-changing, multicultural world. The University offers more than 90 programs and almost 1,500 courses leading to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in a broad spectrum of traditional and interdisciplinary fields, with additional opportunities for minor concentrations and individualized programs. The faculty is composed of scholars, scientists, artists and members of the learned professions. They serve society by teaching; by adding to the store of human art, creativity, understanding, and wisdom; and by providing direct services, such as health care.
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