Research Teaching Specialist III (Research Technician)
Location: New Brunswick, New Jersey
Internal Number: 125208
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey is seeking a motivated Research Teaching Specialist III (RTSIII) for the Department of Infectious Diseases within the New Jersey Medical School.
The Research Teaching Specialist III conducts specialized research, using judgment to adapt methods and techniques. May be responsible for the management of a small-sized laboratory area while assisting the Principal Investigator with budgetary, training and administrative responsibilities.
The RTSIII will play a critical role in the successful testing and implementation of diagnostic tests for Tuberculosis, including detection of drug resistance, being developed in the Alland laboratory and submitted to the laboratory for evaluation by outside agencies. Including but not limited to Cepheid's GeneXpert tests, digital PCR diagnostics and cell free DNA analysis.
Among the key duties of this position are the following:
Primer and probe design, assay multiplexing, bioinformatic investigation and in silico modeling of primer and probe sequences, optimizing sample processing using novel chemistries, buffers, and mechanical separation approaches, designing bioinformatic pipelines for data interpretation and reporting of next generation sequencing results.
Performs analytic analysis and trouble shoots innovative new TB assays as part of the FEND diagnostic program.
Assists in planning, direction, and conduct of the FEND TB analytic core.
Effectively communicates with academic and commercial partners on the performance of relevant TB assays.
Manages and troubleshoots instruments and will perform a variety of research experiences related to bacterial mutation and detection.
Conducts experiments in persistence models of M. tuberculosis.
Performs genetic manipulations of M. tuberculosis and other mycobacteria including cloning, and gene knockouts.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Master's Degree in a relevant science plus one (1) year of related research experience, or a Bachelor's Degree in a relevant science plus two (2) years of related research experience?
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Must be able to perform training in BSL3 practices, and willingness to work with virulent and drug-resistant M. tuberculosis.
Experience in independent design and conduction of genetic and microbiological studies, experience performing unsupervised work in the BSLIII on M. tuberculosis, ability to analyze next generation DNA sequencing data.
Experience in automated, high-throughput fluidic studies of bacterial growth.
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
Occasional lifting of 20 pounds to a height of 6½ feet.
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national public research university and the state's preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Rutgers is dedicated to teaching that meets the highest standards of excellence; to conducting research that breaks new ground; and to turning knowledge into solutions for local, national, and global communities. As it was at our founding in 1766, the heart of our mission is preparing students to become productive members of society and good citizens of the world. Rutgers teaches across the full educational spectrum: preschool to precollege; undergraduate to graduate and postdoctoral; and continuing education for professional and personal advancement. Rutgers is New Jersey's land-grant institution and one of the nation's foremost research universities, and as such, we educate, make discoveries, serve as an engine of economic growth, and generate ideas for improving people's lives.