This position assists with research studies, experiments, preparation of material and documentation.
Our group studies the interactions of bacterial pathogens with their viruses, bacteriophage. We investigate the molecular arms race between bacteria and these viruses by discovering and characterizing new bacterial phage defense mechanisms, as well as the mechanisms by which phage can overcome this bacterial âœimmune systemâ. We use a combination of molecular biology, biochemistry, microscopy, and sequencing approaches. Our long-term goal is to use this knowledge to advance the treatment of bacterial infections with bacteriophage (phage therapy).
Candidates will both perform experiments as well as provide organizational support to other lab members. Position would begin in mid-September when our new group launches.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Conducts research experiments and assays.
Evaluates research results, reporting findings and discussing project outcomes with staff involved.Â
Performs data entry and maintains data files on research.
Coordinates reagents, media, and bacterial strains.
Complies with established safety procedures and maintains required documentation on laboratory and specimen conditions.
Coordinates research project with other institutions and investigators.
Participates in developing hypotheses to be tested and ways of testing it.
Assists with general supply/equipment orders, lab maintenance and cleaning.
Performs literature research on specified topics.
Performs other duties as assigned.
This position works in a laboratory environment with potential exposure to biological and chemical hazards.Â The individual must be physically able to wear protective equipment and to provide standard care to research animals.
Experience with molecular techniques (e.g., PCR, DNA/RNA extractions, molecular cloning, and Western blotting).
Experience with sterile technique and bacterial growth.
Willingness to learn new techniques.
Works well on a team.
Ability to multitask and attention to detail.
Strong organizational skills and ability to maintain detailed record of work performed.
Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Excel and data management.
Demonstrated ability to implement general laboratory procedures, conduct research, and record findings, with focus on pursuit of advanced education in field.
Equivalent of a bachelorâ™s degree with two to three years of experience in laboratory operations.
$16.24 - $27.63 / HourlyThe salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one's qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an 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.
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