The Research Assistant I position is responsible for performing various molecular biology, genetics, behavioral assays, cell and biochemistry techniques; C. elegans handling and maintenance in support of the Principal Investigator (PI) and lab research goals. Other duties include assisting with general laboratory maintenance, including equipment maintenance, and ordering of supplies, etc.
(30%) Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Biochemistry Techniques
Molecular cloning (Standard methods and Gibson cloning)
Western blotting (Southern blotting optional, but desired)
Purification and manipulation of nucleic acids (e.g. RT-PCR, plasmid & genomic DNA preparation)
RNA sequencing and analysis
(60%) C. elegans Handling and Maintenance
C. elegans husbandry
Genetics and microinjections
Imaging and data analysis
(10%) Lab Support
Assist with animal maintenance.
Assist with preparing standard media and solutions.
Assist with weekly inventory of lab supplies.
Assist with stock and organize incoming lab supplies.
Clean glassware and equipment as needed.
Previous experience as a lab technician or equivalent related experience.
Demonstrated experience and application of molecular biology knowledge preferably in biochemistry and cell culture.
Demonstrated experience with general lab maintenance, including cleaning, stocking supply inventory, and ensuring the maintenance of a sterile environment.
Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences or related field
SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Theoretical and hands on knowledge of genetics and molecular biology techniques.
Demonstrated knowledge and experience in researching information and analyzing data to arrive at valid conclusions.
Ability to learn and carry out new experimental procedures with accuracy and efficiency. Demonstrated ability to follow verbal and/or written protocols, including follow-up on previously begun procedures.
Demonstrated ability to record data accurately and enter into appropriate medium.
Skill in the operation and maintenance of various lab equipment.
Demonstrated knowledge and experience with both PC and MAC operating systems, standard business office equipment and commonly used software and tools, such as Microsoft Office, electronic mail, and the internet.
Proficiency with common office software applications as well as software applications used for research, recording, and analysis.
Highly organized, effective at multitasking, adept at juggling changing priorities
Proven ability to work both independently and also as part of a collaborative team.
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
Strong interpersonal skills, including tact, diplomacy, and flexibility.
Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with diverse groups.
Demonstrated skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with personnel at all levels.
SPECIAL CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Must be willing to work in an animal-related research environment.
Must be willing to work an adjusted schedule to support research needs.
Successful completion of the Institute’s background investigation
Must be willing to sign a confidentiality agreement.
Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities
The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)
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