The Plate lab is seeking a talented and motivated Research Assistant I to join our team. We are a multidisciplinary research group using chemical biology, biochemistry, cell biology and proteomics approaches to understand the coordination of protein interactions. We are interested in studying fundamental mechanisms of cellular protein quality control, the molecular basis of human protein misfolding diseases, and new chemical biology approaches to treat these defects. The successful applicant must be self-motivated, extremely well organized and able to communicate clearly. Previous research experience and college level courses in biochemistry, chemical biology, and bioanalytical chemistry are strongly preferred. Experience with relevant techniques, in particular knowledge of basic principles of mass spectrometry, is advantageous but not required.
We are a young and vibrant research team dedicated to understanding fundamental biological processes. We offer a highly collaborative, supportive, and inclusive work environment. This position would be a wonderful opportunity for a recent graduate to gain further research experience prior to pursuing a graduate degree. We will, however, consider highly motivated applicants at all levels.
Duties and Responsibilities
Contribute to on-going research projects under moderative supervision and work collaboratively as part of a team.
After an initial training period, work autonomously on your own project to drive the research mission of the lab.
Culture mammalian cell lines and maintain stocks.
Order and receive laboratory supplies.
Perform routine lab maintenance duties, such as preparing stock reagents solutions, maintain general laboratory equipment, autoclaving material, maintaining inventories, etc.
Follow University safety protocols.
Other duties as assigned.
Profile of an Ideal Candidate
A Bachelor's degree in a field of Biology, Biochemistry, Chemical Biology, or Chemistry is necessary.
Prior experience performing laboratory research is necessary.
Experience with basic molecular biology and biochemistry techniques (PCR, Western blotting, immunoprecipitation), and ability to perform basic lab calculations (buffer concentrations, dilutions, etc.) is necessary.
Experience working with human cell culture is preferred.
Strong communication skills, attention to detail, and organization is necessary.
Ability to work with others in a mutually respectful environment that values honesty, integrity and accountability is necessary.
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