An evolutionary biology laboratory is seeking a motivated and conscientious research assistant to perform experiments and administrative tasks. Basic laboratory skills and excellent record keeping habits are necessary. Experience with molecular biology or microbiology techniques (nucleic acid extraction, PCR, bacterial culture) is preferred. The primary responsibilities for this position include performing experiments, taking care of invertebrate organisms, and supporting day-to-day laboratory operations, maintenance, and inventory. The candidate will be expected to attend laboratory meetings and be a scientifically engaged and collaborative member of the lab. The candidate should be capable of performing tasks and protocols independently after receiving training. Key Functions and Expected Performances: Under supervision, run experiments, assays, and record results Read and follow experimental protocols (May include handling of animals and microbes, nucleic acid extraction, etc.) Compile and communicate results to supervisor Follow University safety protocols (may include use of combustibles, toxic material, and/or carcinogenics) Perform calculations necessary for serial dilutions, media preparation, and sample handling Ensure smooth and effective laboratory operations. Make common lab reagents and solutions as required. Maintain inventories and order supplies as needed. Ensure proper working order of equipment. Maintain invertebrate organism stocks and experimental populations. Keep order records and documentation according to Department guidelines. Serve as an emergency contact (e.g. in case of -80C failure). Help the PI to ensure all safety codes and documentation in the lab are up to date according to University guidelines.
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