The Murray lab (Department of Cell Biology) is currently seeking a highly motivated research assistant to join the team. The research is focused on live-cell imaging with high-resolution optical microscopy and state-of-the-art chemical-genetic approaches to study how gap junction protein channels are assembled and disassembled. Duties will focus on core research activities with limited supervision by the PI.
Principally, these will be 1) the generation of molecular tools, including recombinant DNA preparation and protein expression/purification and fluorescent labeling 2) specimen preparation, including cell culture and transfection 3) performing experiments using state-of-the-art optical time-lapse imaging techniques independently, after an initial period of training The successful candidate will also be expected to assist in administrative duties of running the lab, including ordering and compliance. Experience with molecular biology, tissue culture or fluorescence confocal and live-cell imaging will also be advantageous, but a willingness to train in these and other new techniques is essential.
Degree in biological science ensuring incumbent has a basic understanding of the field of study and the technical basis for the laboratory work.
The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets
Assignment Category: Fulltime-Regular
Job Classification: Staff.Research.III
Minimum Education Level Required: Baccalaureate
Minimum Experience Level Required: 2-3 years experience
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Hiring Range: $23,868.00 - $37,752.00
Relocation Offered: No
Visa Sponsorship Provided: No
Background Check: For position finalists, employment with the University will require successful completion of a background check
Child Protection Clearances: Not Applicable
Required Documents: Resume
Optional Documents: Cover Letter
Internal Number: 20002691
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