This position reports to the Principal Investigator and provides assistance in support of research activities under close supervision. The incumbent will perform general molecular biological methods including cultures of primary cells and cell lines, extraction of DNA, RNA, and proteins, RT-PCR, Western blotting, ELISA, cell sorting, FACS, sample preparations for proteomics, histological assays including tissue collection/harvesting, routine staining, and computer-assisted color image analysis. S/he will also assist in maintaining mouse colonies and various in vivo experiments.
Maintains established departmental policies and procedures, objectives, quality assurance programs, safety, environmental and infection control standards.
Performs a variety of routine laboratory tests and procedures according to prescribed protocols and assigned schedules.
Maintains records of results and methodology. Log work performed.
Uses an appropriate safety procedure for handling, storage and disposal of biohazardous, infectious, radioactive and toxic substances. Ensures that all laboratory activities are carried out in compliance with such procedures.
Assists with care and maintenance of department equipment and supplies.
Maintains department records, reports and files as required.
Enhances professional growth and development through participation in educational programs, current literature, in-service meetings, and workshops.
Attends meetings as required.
Maintains collaborative, team relationships with peers and colleagues in order to effectively contribute to the working groups achievement of goals, and to help foster a positive work environment.
Performs other similar and related duties as required or directed.
Bachelor’s degree (e.g., in biochemistry, cell biology, microbiology, or other bioscience program)
0-2 years’ experience in research related activities. An equivalent combination of education and experience which provides proficiency in the areas of responsibility listed above may be substituted for the above education and experience requirements.
Excellent problem solving skills.
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work under pressure as well as with other members of the research team.
Must possess strong oral and written communication skills, attention to detail and reliability.
Highly organized and highly trustworthy and thus able to work with both expensive equipment and highly precious resources (e.g., animals).
Knowledge of general laboratory techniques including a sound foundation in basic cellular and molecular techniques.
Good manual dexterity.
Understand cross-cultural differences.