Research Associate - Department of Biology, School of Arts and Sciences - (19002062)
This is a limited term position ending December 31, 2020. This is a grant funded position and is not eligible for severance pay.
The Tufts Department of Biology is dedicated to providing for our students a unified and comprehensive view of biological processes and opportunities for undergraduates to actively participate in cutting-edge biological research in molecular biology, cell biology, genetics, physiology, plant ecology, animal behavior, and conservation biology. The Department of Biology maintains an active research and teaching program on the Medford campus and in various field locales, and trains and advises graduate and undergraduate students as well as post-doctoral fellows.
The Freudenreich Laboratory in the Department of Biology at Tufts University is seeking a Research Associate. The individual will work on projects exploring the mechanism of Mlh1-Mlh3 cleavage of DNA structures formed by CAG repeats, and other related biochemical and genetic assays to understand mechanisms of CAG repeat fragility and instability. The Freudenreich lab is housed in a recently renovated research space at 200 Boston Ave, associated with the Medford, MA campus of Tufts University.
Responsibilities will include some lab management as well as executing research projects related to the grant-funded project. Specific tasks include:
Design, execution, and analysis of experiments to test protein interactions with CAG repeat tracts, both in vitro and in vivo.
Design of assays to detect and isolate proteins interacting with the CAG tract.
Creation of new yeast strains and screening of strains for chromosome fragility and instability phenotypes.
Developing lab protocols and training new lab members associated with the project.
Supervising undergraduate students on individual research projects.
Analyzing, writing and visualizing results from experiments for publications and grant applications.
Preparation of media, reagents, and other lab consumables.
Following lab safety guidelines and assisting with training and lab safety procedures.
Preparation and distribution of materials for collaborators.
The successful candidate should have a Ph.D. in a relevant field (molecular/cellular biology, biochemistry) and experience in biochemical and molecular techniques. The ability to communicate effectively, solve problems efficiently, coordinate multiple projects, and thrive in an open-lab design with shared communal spaces is essential.
The position will begin January 2nd, 2020. The initial appointment will be for 1 year, with potential for extension of at least another year depending on available funds and performance.
The successful candidate should have a Ph.D. in a relevant field (biology, microbiology) and experience in experimental evolution and analyzing next-generation sequencing datasets.
The ability to communicate effectively, solve problems efficiently, coordinate multiple projects, and thrive in an open-lab design with shared communal spaces is essential.
An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.
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