Research Teaching Specialist IV (Research Technician)
Location: New Brunswick, New Jersey
Internal Number: 161097
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is seeking a Research Teaching Specialist IV for Infectious Diseases/Center for Emerging Pathogens within the New Jersey Medical School. Under the direction of the Principal Investigator, conducts research on methods to detect Mycobacterium tuberculosis and drug resistance in this organism.
Among the key duties of this position are the following:
Cultures and quantitates pathogenic and non-pathogenic bacteria including M. Tuberculosis, and select agents requiring work in BSL3 facilities including drug resistant strains.
Conducts validation studies of molecular detection and drug resistance assays.
Performs detailed MICs of above-described bacteria using various systems.
Performs DNA extraction, Sanger and next generation sequencing and analysis of assay discordant samples.
Assists in the development and testing of new assays including primer and molecular probe design.
Assists testing and troubleshooting pre-clinical and post clinical trial commercial diagnostic assays.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Master's Degree in a relevant science, or a Bachelor's Degree in a relevant science plus one (1) year of related research experience.
BSL3 experience working with virulent CDC classified tier 1 select agents and M. tuberculosis, experience in molecular beacon design, molecular biological techniques.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Bacterial and M. tuberculosis microbiological assays. Duties include culture and drug resistance testing of laboratory and clinical strains of M. tuberculosis, DNA/RNA extraction from M. tuberculosis.
PCR and RT PCR assay design using molecular beacons, next generation sequencing and analysis of M. tuberculosis and other pathogenic DNA.
Manuscript and grant writing.
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
Must be able to lift or exert force up to ten (10) pounds.
Must be able to work 8 hour shifts wearing protective clothing and equipment in BSL3 facility.
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.