Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
This opportunity is full-time and works approximately 40 hours per week. Hours are generally normal business hours, but may vary due to the timing for experiments and other research activity deadlines.
Department Name/Job Location:
This opportunity is in the lab of Dr. Shabaana Khader, Department of Molecular Microbiology on the Medical School Campus.
The interest of this lab is investigation of parameters that mediate protective immunity to the pulmonary infectious disease, tuberculosis. See Khaderlab.wustl.edu for more details.
The primary focus of the work includes, but is not limited to, the following:
Studying immune parameters using gene deficient mice and mouse models of tuberculosis.
Testing vaccine strategies and host direct therapeutics that protect against tuberculosis.
Characterizing the role of granulomas in immunity to tuberculosis.
Candidates with extensive prior experience in cell, molecular biology or related fields with at least a bachelor’s degree are encouraged to apply.
Prior experience working with mice.
Ability to handle and monitor mice, perform small animal procedures, and perform breeding and screening.
Demonstrated ability to work independently and communicate effectively.
Ability to maintain complete and organized records.
Working knowledge of computer software and general lab equipment.
Experience in mammalian cell culture.
Basic microbiology skills.
Experience with flow cytometry and immunological techniques.
Proficiency in basic molecular biology techniques, including DNA, RNA, Protein isolation and purification; PCR, reverse transcription PCR, Immunoblot, ELISA.
Experience with immunocyto- and histo-chemistry.
Experience working with frozen and paraffin embedded tissue. Proficiency in these techniques is a plus.
Experience with breeding and screening mice.
Working knowledge of Excel and Photoshop.
Knowledge of Image J is a plus.
Base pay commensurate with experience.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
The Department of Molecular Microbiology at the Washington University School of Medicine represents one of the finest examples of an academic training in Molecular Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.
Applicant Special Instructions:
This position works in a laboratory environment with potential exposure to biological and chemical hazards. The individual must be physically able to wear protective equipment and to provide standard care to research animals.
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