Research Associate II - Mellon College of Science - Department of Biological Sciences, Ransey Lab
Carnegie Mellon University
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Internal Number: 2020852
The Mellon College of Science (MCS) is home to four departments and many programs and research centers that cross disciplines. We approach scientific problems from fresh angles using creative interdisciplinary approaches while drawing on our departmental strengths in the core sciences. MCS faculty members are nationally and internationally recognized for their research in a variety of fields, including polymer science, cosmology, mathematical finance, and neuroscience.
The Department of Biological Sciences within the Mellon College of Science is seeking a full-time Research Associate II to work in the laboratory of Dr. Liz Ransey. The Ransey Lab explores the structure and functions of gap junctions, vital cell signaling channels implicated in diseases like cancer. Our focus is on characterizing and reengineering connexin proteins - the main structural components of these junctions. We aim to use these insights to develop innovative probes and therapeutic devices. We seek a highly motivated individual with strong organizational and communication skills to complete independent experiments and participate in the management of day-to-day operations in the lab.
Your responsibilities will include:
Performing routine molecular biology, biochemistry and cellular biology techniques including, but not limited to generation and maintenance of stock solutions; DNA cloning and purification; maintenance of glycerol libraries; and maintenance, transfection, and assay of mammalian cell lines.
Designing research experiments and generating novel protocols.
Analyzing data, preparing presentations, and writing technical reports.
Compliance with chemical and laboratory safety guidelines.
Maintaining and ordering lab supplies.
Participate in training undergraduate and other laboratory members on relevant techniques.
Flexibility, excellence, and passion are vital qualities within MCS. Inclusion, collaboration, and cultural sensitivity are valued competencies at CMU. Therefore, we are in search of a team member who can effectively and professionally interact with a varied population of internal and external partners. We are looking for someone who shares our values and who will support the mission of the university through their work.
Bachelor's degree in biology, biochemistry, or related field.
3-5 years of research experience.
Prior wet lab experience in molecular biology.
Previous experience with mammalian tissue culture strongly preferred.
The ideal candidate is responsible, growth-minded, and able to work well independently within a team environment.
Additionally, the ideal candidate is enthusiastic about learning and excited about opportunities to expand their training and skillset to numerous complementary disciplines, such as structural biology, computational biology, and neuroscience.
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Joining the CMU team opens the door to an array of exceptional benefits, available to all full-time Carnegie Mellon University employees. Experience the full spectrum of advantages, from comprehensive medical, prescription, dental, and vision insurance to enticing retirement savings programs. Unlock your potential with tuition benefits, and take well-deserved breaks with generous paid time off and holidays. Rest easy knowing you are covered by life and accidental death and disability insurance. For a comprehensive overview of the benefits awaiting you, explore: https://www.cmu.edu/jobs/benefits-at-a-glance.
At Carnegie Mellon, we value the whole package when extending offers of employment. Beyond just credentials, we consider the role & responsibilities, your invaluable work experience, and the knowledge gained through education and training. We acknowledge and appreciate your unique key skills and the diverse perspectives you bring. Our commitment to fostering an inclusive work environment means we also account for geographic differentials. Your journey with us is about more than just a job; it's about finding the perfect fit for your professional growth and personal aspirations.
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