An established laboratory in the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology is seeking an RAII with the desired qualification/experience:
Animal handling and colony management in a research laboratory required
Knowledge of and experience in tissue culture techniques, sterile methods, gene transfer and related methods
Knowledge of and experience in molecular biology is essential: elementary DNA isolation, cloning, gene transfer and related methods; elementary protein techniques such as recombinant protein expression in one or more systems (bacteria, yeast, insect cells, mammalian cells), immunoprecipitation, Western blotting, and related techniques
Desire to learn new techniques such as flow cytometry, flow sorting, affinity chromatography, liquid chromatography, and other specialized methods used in our laboratory
Prefer 3+ years of laboratory experience
This Research Assistant II (RA-II) will have the primary responsibility of handling and maintaining our mouse colonies consisting of inbred and genetically altered knockout and transgenic mouse strains. This primary responsibility will entail tail DNA genotyping, setting up breeding to obtain desired animals of specific genetic background, background, and other related activities. Additional job responsibilities will involve basic molecular biology, tissue culture, and/or protein chemistry experiments. As needed, this RA-II will also assist laboratory members--i.e., students, fellows, research faculty, staff scientists--with experiments under moderate supervision.
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Additional Key Elements/ Responsibilities:
Under moderate supervision, conduct and evaluate experiments and assays
Understand and follow experimental protocols for tail DNA genotyping, setting up breeding, tissue culture, and others as needed
Record, compile, interpret, and communicate data/results; summarize test results appropriately
Provide appropriate written documentation of experiments
Follow University safety protocols as the work in the laboratory may involve the use of combustibles, radioactivity, toxic material, and/or carcinogens
Prepare buffers and reagents as needed; this will require calculating molarity, and serial dilutions, and other similar tasks
Read all equipment manuals; use them according to manufacturer instructions
Prepare, operate and troubleshoot equipment used in experimental procedures
Maintain and repair equipment according to manufacturer and University guidelines
Ensure the laboratory is prepared for experiments
Assist in ordering consumables, non-consumable items required for laboratory research work
Maintain sterile conditions as required in a BioSafety Level (BSL)-2 laboratory
Demonstrate an understanding of acceptable procedures and techniques
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