The Research Assistant in the Department of Biochemistry in the School of Medicine at Vanderbilt University and is a key laboratory member responsible for contributing to research projects as well as maintaining the laboratory. This position requires a motivated, independent laboratory technician to assist with bacterial growth experiments and general laboratory function. The position performs routine duties to ensure the laboratory is prepared for experiments to include making stock solutions, washing dishes, pouring agar plates, restocking lab supplies, and general lab maintenance. Working directly with the Laboratory Manager and the Principal Investigator, the Research Assistant interacts with faculty, staff, and students within the Departments of Biochemistry, Chemistry, and the Center for Structural Biology.
Our laboratory investigates the consequences of DNA replication and transcription conflicts on the physiology and pathogenesis of bacteria. Specifically, we study systems involved in bacterial pathogenesis, DNA replication, transcription and the development of antimicrobial resistance at the molecular level. Rather than focusing on specific techniques, we take a problem-oriented approach and use whichever techniques are necessary to answer the question at hand. Often, this requires complementary application of bacterial genetics, molecular biology, bacterial physiology, cutting edge microscopy as well as understanding DNA topology and the proteins involved in regulating the development of antibiotic resistance and bacterial evolution. This strategy and the Merrikh laboratory is by nature very collaborative and collegial, and has stimulated involvement in many multi-investigator projects.
Duties and Responsibilities
With moderate direction, contributes to lab research projects
Reports on status of research activities in oral and written formats.
Performs routine duties to ensure the laboratory is prepared for experiments and maintained. Assists in general lab maintenance o Assists in sets up, operation, and maintenance of lab equipment. o Monitors inventory of supplies and assists with ordering. o Makes common stock solutions and supplies to include but not limited to buffers, bacterial culture media, and/or bacterial agar plates.
Other duties as assigned
A Bachelor's degree in biochemistry, microbiology or a related field from an accredited institution of higher education is necessary.
Experience in bacterial growth is preferred.
Experience in a microbiology laboratory is preferred.
Knowledge and experience with PCR and cloning is preferred.
Ability to maintain quality, safety, and/or infection control standards is highly preferred.
Ability to work in a collaborative environment and take direction from others is highly preferred.
Ability to analyze and interpret scientific data is preferred.
Ability to understand and follow research protocol and procedures is preferred.
Ability to understand and follow complex, detailed technical instructions is preferred.
Ability to understand and follow basic scientific research protocol and procedure is preferred.
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