Advertised Summary Job Description: Applicants should have experience in the areas of molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics, and/or fluorescence microscopy, with preference given to applicants with experience working with ribosomes and/or RNA and/or using fluorescence microscopy. The research staff assistant will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operation of the laboratory and equipping the laboratory for molecular biology research. These duties include: (1) ordering supplies for the laboratory; (2) interacting with sales representatives from the various companies that distribute supplies/equipment to the laboratory; (3) performing and/or scheduling routine, as well as any urgent, maintenance on laboratory equipment; (4) oversight of radiation and laboratory safety; (5) oversight of the lab strain collection; (6) making solutions, media and protein reagents for molecular biology research; (7) maintaining stringent protocols for glassware washing/drying for work with RNA; (8) general IT tech duties such as maintaining backup of lab data and protocols on lab server and up-to-date maintenance of lab website; (9) coordinating with the PI and group members to schedule lab meetings; and (10) miscellaneous duties related to the functioning of the laboratory. The position may also include the possibility of working closely with a senior student or postdoc in the laboratory on a research project of mutual interest to the research assistant and the P.I.
**This is a grant funded position for approximately 4 years with the possibility for extension provided additional funding is secured.**
General Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry, Chemistry or Chemical Biology or a related field and some laboratory experience are required
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: Must have good organizational skills, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, be able to handle multiple tasks, and enjoy working with others.
Preferred Qualifications: Laboratory experience in biology working on the translation of unnatural amino acids
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