Duties and Responsibilities: This Research Assistant III position is member of a group of scientists in Dr. Lee Rubin’s laboratory that is using stem-cell based models to study and identify new therapeutics for diseases of the nervous system. Reporting to the Principal Investigator, research assistant provides day-to-day management of laboratory resources for a large (~30 member) lab and with minimal supervision performs research according to specific project aims. More specifically:
Research responsibilities include providing expertise and high-level technical skill in tissue culture, especially of stem cells and neurons; conducting research relating to diseases of the nervous system; carrying out standard cell biology and molecular techniques (e.g., immunohistochemistry, Western blotting, qPCR, etc.) and image/data analysis; assisting to maintain mouse lines for the lab (colony maintenance, tail clipping, timed matings) and training research assistants in common molecular biology practices as needed.
Lab management responsibilities include purchase laboratory reagents and services; monitor consumable spending, providing monthly spending reports to grants manager and project manager; consolidate purchases for cost savings and to improve work performance and efficiency; negotiate with vendors for the purchase of lab equipment and bulk quantity items; develop and implement quality assurance programs for maintenance and calibration of key equipment. Research Assistant will train laboratory staff in standard operating procedures and equipment specific requirements, assist new researchers to be added to lab’s animal protocols and assist with protocol amendments, maintain database of required training for lab personnel, and resolve technical issues and provide assistance in laboratory operations planning.
Basic Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Chemistry, or other science-related field and three years directly related experience that includes tissue culture in a research laboratory are required.
Additional Qualifications: Demonstrated abilities in standard cell and molecular biology techniques are required. Excellent communication skills and ability to work in a collaborative team environment are essential. Must be familiar with the operation of standard lab equipment and with lab safety and biosafety procedures. Ability to work independently, proficiency with web-based applications, databases and Microsoft Excel, excellent organizational, time management, written and verbal communication skills are essential for this role. Research Assistant is required to work with and handle laboratory animals (mice) and a variety of hazardous materials.
Additional Information: This is a two year grant funded term position with the possibility of extension based on satisfactory performance and the availability of continued funding.
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