The Laboratory of Dr. Craig Ellermeier in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine has an opening for a post-baccalaureate research intern position
A research intern is needed to assist with the characterization of essential genes in the important bacterial pathogen Clostridium difficile. Training will be provided in cutting-edge bacterial genetics and molecular biology, growth of bacteria in an anaerobic chamber, and fluorescence microscopy.
Research: Contribute to new or continuing projects in support of existing grants; generate data for new grant proposals and publications.
Execute experiments under the direction of more senior research staff or the principal investigators.
Record data, maintain a detailed laboratory notebook, enter records into lab databases.
Observe techniques in other laboratories for implementation in our laboratory.
Assist in the analysis and interpretation of experiments.
Maintain lab databases for supplies, reagents, and strains.
Experiments: Perform molecular biology experiments involving pathogenic bacteria. Experiments will include cloning, DNA sequencing, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), construction of bacterial mutants, and purification of proteins.
Perform experiments, collect, document and interpret data.
Read, understand and implement experimental protocols.
Adhere to safety and compliance guidelines.
Adhere to quality assurance protocols to maintain validity and integrity of research data.
Plan daily activities to use time and resources efficiently.
Complete work within specified time guidelines; discuss progress and any problems as needed.
As individual skills develope: troubleshoot, analyze and propose modifications to protocols; perform complex techniques per protocol.
Collect, Manage and Communicate Data and Findings: Record and interpret data in support of project goals.
Collect and track data in an organized and logical manner.
Maintain an up-to-date laboratory notebook.
Assist in the preparation of manuscripts and grants by organizing data and preparing images, figures, and tables as directed.
As skills develop, analyze data and present results/findings at team and departmental meetings.
Administrative and Project Management: Contribute to the smooth and safe operation of the lab.
Assist in compliance with safety and regulatory guidelines.
Assist in maintaining accurate records and laboratory databases.
As skills develop, assist in on-boarding of new lab personnel, including compliance with safety training, record keeping, computer access.
Facilities and Equipment Management: Assist with general laboratory functionality
Assist in maintaining equipment clean and in working order. Keep shared workspaces clean and free of clutter.
Maintain stocks of supplies and reagents.
Order and properly store supplies and equipment as needed. Dispose of lab waste in compliance with regulatory guidelines.
Supervision and Staffing: As skills develop, may train, provide direction, assignments, feedback, coaching and counseling of students and newer employees. Assist in organizing the laboratory to accommodate new personnel and techniques.
Oversee undergraduate students in successful completion of assigned tasks and research.
With over 31,000 students, the University of Iowa is one of the nation's top public research universities, a member of the Big Ten conference and the Association of American Universities. The University of Iowa is composed of eleven colleges and is known around the world for its balanced commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities. It is home to one of the nation's largest academic medical centers and the pioneering Iowa Writers' Workshop. The University of Iowa promotes work/life integration and is located in the casual yet cosmopolitan environment of Iowa City, widely recognized as one of the country's most livable communities.