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Job Summary The Ismagilov Lab at Caltech is hiring a full-time lab technician for a 1-year term position with possibility of extension to 2 years, subject to funding. Reporting to Professor Rustem Ismagilov, the successful candidate will begin their term by joining a small team of researchers who are logging, processing, and analyzing saliva and nasal-swab samples as part of the lab's community-based COVID-19 research study. More about the COVID-19 study can be found at: http://covid-study.caltech.edu. The successful candidate will also participate in ongoing projects of high priority in the lab, including those focused on the microbiome and those on rapid antibiotic susceptibility testing. More details about the Ismagilov lab and these research projects can be found at http://ismagilovlab.caltech.edu/.
Perform DNA and RNA extractions from many different sample types
Perform nucleic acid amplification analyses using standard techniques such as qPCR, ddPCR, q-RT-PCR, dd-RT-PCR, and LAMP
Maintain the lab's high standards for biosafety
Assist graduate students and postdocs in validating their research findings by reproducing their experiments with additional samples
Follow lab procedures for maintaining a neat, detailed electronic lab notebook
Maintain the organization of lab workspaces.
Analyze raw data and generate figures using software provided by the laboratory
A highly motivated and qualified candidate may additionally develop independent aspects of ongoing projects, while continuing to provide research support
Bachelor's degree in science with educational emphasis in chemistry, biology, microbiology, or a related field required by date of hire
Lab experience in microbiology, molecular biology, and/or biochemistry
Prior experience performing qPCR and nucleic-acid extractions
Highly detail-oriented; must have prior experience performing sensitive experiments and using laboratory techniques
Must be able to use sound judgment to handle a variety of tasks simultaneously and to shift priorities, as well as effectively solve problems
Must be able to work independently as well as part of a team in a fast-paced environment
Excellent communication skills and the ability to interact professionally with all levels of staff
Strong organizational, time-management, and project-management skills
Ambition to enter a top medical or graduate school
Prior experience with working at BSL-2 level or BSL-3 level
Prior experience handling and processing hundreds of laboratory samples
Prior experience using automated-extraction equipment (e.g. KingFisher or similar)
Comfort using a multi-channel pipette
Co-authorship on a scientific publication
Prior experience or undergraduate-level coursework with a basic programming language for data analysis (Python, MATLAB, R, etc.)
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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