A position is available in the lab of Dr. Ryan Hunter (Department of Microbiology & Immunology) for a Researcher 1 to pursue multiple projects. The Hunter Lab studies microbial interactions in the context of human airway diseases like cystic fibrosis (CF), chronic rhinosinusitis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This position will work on a National Science Foundation study focusing on the effects of cold atmospheric plasmas (CAP) and the reactive oxygen/nitrogen species they generate on bacterial biofilm communities and the role of commensal anaerobic taxa degrading respiratory mucins in priming airways for colonization by canonical CF pathogens. This role will involve utilizing established anaerobic bacterial/eukaryotic coculture methods as well as designing and optimizing protocols to perform experiments. The successful applicant will also analyze data and author technical reports. Other responsibilities include assisting in running operations in the lab including stocking supplies, ensuring lab safety, and training employees.
Conduct investigations or experiments in an assigned area to aid in finding the solution to a research problem with the support of the PI and other senior research lab members.
Write routine summary reports on results of work and confers with supervisors on interpretation of results and avenues of investigation.
Test laboratory techniques, modify or develop new protocols, and maintain and adapt laboratory equipment.
Execute experiments using methods created according to previously published methods or novel methods developed as needed.
Confer with other lab personnel in drafting work schedules and plans for execution of the more complex laboratory studies.
Independently create and plan experiments based on knowledge of the field, gained by researching the relevant literature, contacting other researchers in the field and collaboration with other labs.
Analyze data collected from experiments. Synthesize data in easily readable format and prepare graphs, charts, tables and reports of data. Derive theoretical basis for experimental data and fit data to theory and analysis of error.
Review literature relating to research projects; author or assist in writing technical report for publication, deliverable/summary reports, and research proposals.
Investigate and evaluate vendors and products.
Assist in running operations in the lab. Ensure lab safety and train employees. Orient new lab members to the lab and integrate them into lab systems.
Receive packages as needed and perform general lab maintenance
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials
Bachelor’s degree (preferably in Microbiology) or a combination of college level coursework in the biological sciences and laboratory experience to total four years.
Proficient record keeping
Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Power Point etc.)
Cell culture experience
Previous lab experience, experience with a range of molecular biology methods (cloning, genetic screens, transposon mutagenesis and quantitative PCR), bacterial culturing, and microscopy.
Familiarity with general laboratory duties (media preparation, ordering, lab safety and orientation, chemical inventories)
Internal Number: 341052
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