Senior Research Assistant - Molecular Biology and Microbiology, School of Medicine - (18001793)
This is a limited term position for 1 year. This is a grant funded position and is not eligible for severance pay.
The research focus in the Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology is the study of pathogens (viruses, bacteria and fungi) and their interactions with human and animal hosts. Groups within the department work on a range of specific topics, including molecular biology of interactions between viruses or bacteria and infected cells, structural analysis of viral proteins, viral evolution, virulence determinants of extra- and intra-cellular bacteria, genetic determinants involved in susceptibility to infection, vaccine development, and identification of novel antimicrobial agents. The department is highly collaborative, and all members of the community are encouraged to present work at departmental research report and to attend talks from outside speakers at the seminar series.
We are looking for a dynamic, enthusiastic and motivated person to join a small laboratory focused on virus-host interactions. The goal of the Gaglia lab is to understand how viruses exploit host pathways to control infected cells and avoid innate immune responses. We have several funded projects investigating the molecular interfaces between viral factors and cellular proteins in cells infected with the human pathogens influenza A virus and Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus, and the rodent virus murine herpesvirus 68. We are looking for a senior research assistant that will work on one or more research projects under the direction of the PI, and will also contribute to the administrative aspects of running the lab and to mentoring junior members of the laboratory. Our ideal candidate is someone who embraces a challenge, has strong critical thinking, is comfortable switching project if needed, understands and implements high standards of lab practice, and is able to work well within a team. The lab environment is collaborative and friendly, and we are committed to diversity. The position is currently for 1 year limited term, with the potential of extension. Full-time appointment (35 hrs/week), benefit eligible, flexible schedule.
Bachelor's degree in science and 3-5 years of related laboratory experience OR Master's degree and up to 1 year laboratory experience.
Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office products.
Must be able to fluently communicate, read, and write in the English language.
Must be able to critically think, design, perform experiments and interpret data independently
Must be able to work independently with after initial training with minimum supervision
Master's or PhD degree in science.
Knowledge of and experience with techniques related to one or more of the following: virology, analysis of gene expression, analysis of innate immune responses, high-throughput data collection, bioinformatics, use of mice as a model organism.
An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.
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