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This is a fulltime position in the Malik Lab in the Basic Sciences Division. It is ideally suited for someone who has some Drosophila experience and wants to get a couple of years of research and bioinformatics experience under their belt before they go to graduate/professional school. Depending on experience, technicians will also have an opportunity to carry out their own research projects under the supervision of senior researchers in the lab, and will earn authorship on any scientific papers to which they contribute.
The technician in this position, in a laboratory in the Division of Basic Sciences, will focus on developing Drosophila models for testing effects of evolutionary changes on proteins involved in reproduction. The work will involve the maintenance of various Drosophila species and strains, transgenic gene manipulation in Drosophila and extensive molecular biology to develop and validate vectors and for cloning and injection into transgenic Drosophila, followed by their validation. There will also be an opportunity to assist with related murine genetics projects. The individual will also have secondary responsibilities for lab management, ordering scientific lab supplies, and maintaining equipment. We are looking for an individual with excellent communication skills, who is able to work well in a team of scientists working at the interface of evolutionary, cellular and molecular biology. Based on the interest and ability of the technician, s/he may also be solely responsible for the development and execution of independent, small-scale research projects. Successful projects in which the candidate participates may lead to authorship on scientific publications. The technician will prepare genomic and plasmid DNA, clone genes into vectors for transgenic purposes, and assist with various lab projects, as requested by lab personnel, including the principal investigator, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students. Drosophila work, tissue culture, and work with bioinformatics programs will be required. Meticulous attention to detail is required.
A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in biology or a related discipline and experience in a laboratory environment is required. An equivalent combination of education and relevant experience is acceptable. Hands on experience with DNA and RNA preparations, PCR, restriction analysis, and cloning is required. Experience with Drosophila maintenance, cell culture, cell transfections, in situ hybridization, and immunohistochemistry is extremely desirable but not essential. In addition, superior verbal and written communication and routine computer skills (PC/Mac) are necessary. Participation in lab meetings and presentation of data will be required. The ideal candidate will have superior organizational skills in recordkeeping, multitasking, prioritizing responsibilities, time management, and an ability to interact with all levels of staff. This posting is for a Research Technician I position, but we will also consider more experienced candidates for a Research Technician II position.