The Simmons Laboratory in the Department of Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology is searching for a 100% Research Laboratory Specialist Intermediate. Our research uses multidisciplinary experimental approaches to investigate (i) cell cycle regulation, (ii) DNA repair (iii) DNA replication using the bacterium Bacillus subtilis as a model organism. The success in the position will require knowledge of basic bacteriology, molecular biology and general gene cloning procedures. The primary responsibilities will include cloning, protein purification, protein-nucleic acid enzymatic assays (EMSAs, helicase assays, ATP binding, DNA cleavage and exonuclease-mediated DNA degradation) and microscopy using fluorescent protein fusions. The ideal candidate will be experienced in molecular biology, cloning and bacteriology techniques. Prior experience with imaging and Western blots would be a plus. These approaches will be used to understand gene function.
The Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology conducts basic research about the function of all branches of life — bacteria, plants, and animals. The research portfolio includes more than 40 sponsored awards, amounting to more than $8 million. Learn more on the faculty and lab pages.
We are also home to the more 300 students each year who graduate with majors in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology; plant biology; biology, health and society; and microbiology.
Responsibilities of the position will include:
80% Conducting experiments including, cloning, protein purification, imaging, western blots, protein nucleic acid assays.
10% Laboratory maintenance including: ordering and maintaining equipment associated with the project.
10% Assistance with writing grants and mentoring others in the lab.
BS degree in a recognized field of science or learning which is directly related to the duties of the position and 1-3 years related experience.
MS in a recognized field of science or learning which is directly related to the duties of the position, with 1-2 years of experience in a related field.
This is a term-limited appointment for two years with the possibility of renewal depending upon performance and funding.
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