Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
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We are seeking an intellectually curious laboratory technician to support and advance our work investigating mechanisms of cellular patterning in the complex protozoan Tetrahymena. The primary duties of this position include applying molecular biology approaches to generate DNA constructs for gene tagging, phenotypic rescue, and gene disruption experiments that will be used to create transgenic strains. This individual will be responsible for guiding the creation of constructs and strains to visualize various organelles and cytoskeletal structures and will ensure this resource is well integrated with the Tetrahymena Stock Center for rapid, easy dissemination.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
With the principal investigator, assist in the conception, design and execution of molecular genetics experiments and assays and maintaining records of the approaches and results.
Use molecular biology approaches for generating DNA constructs and use them to generate transgenic Tetrahymena strains.
Optimize new approaches, such as CRISPR mediated genome editing to improve lab performance.
Coordinate lab activities with the Tetrahymena Stock Center to prepare for its move to Washington University.
Assist with laboratory maintenance, ordering of supplies, and training and coordinating the activities of undergraduate research assistants.
Perform other duties as assigned, such as attending lab meetings and relevant seminars.
Bachelor’s degree in biology, genetics, biochemistry or related areas and one year of independent laboratory experience, which could come from combined internships, research for credit or work experience.
Prior research experience, especially related to molecular biology, microbiology and/or cell biology.
Excellent technical and communication skills.
Ability to be honest and reliable.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Department of Biology. This position is for the Danforth Campus in the School of Arts & Sciences. Occasional travel to the Medical School may be required.
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week. Work hours could vary depending on the experiments.
The hiring range for this position is $14.07 - $18.99 per hour.
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Applicant Special Instructions:
The technician will be potentially exposed to chemicals and E. coli cultures associated with the research. The technician also must be able to lift 30 lbs.
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