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The Dog Aging Project is a nationwide, ten-year, longitudinal study of healthy aging in thousands of companion dogs. Dr. Daniel Promislow, in conjunction with the Dog Aging Project at the University of Washington, has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time Research Scientist/Engineer 1 to assist with our search for metabolomic associations of aging and age-related traits in companion dogs.
Our goal is to understand how the metabolome, which consists of the small molecules that make up the structural and functional building blocks of all organisms, changes in dogs during the aging process, to define features that are altered during the aging process, and to establish diagnostic and predictive metabolomic biomarkers for traits associated with aging. To this end, we seek a member of our team to refine and implement a pipeline for processing blood plasma from donated blood samples, extracting samples prior to mass spectroscopy, and handling sample tracking, organizing, and shipping. Additional tasks will include isolating PBMCs and extracting DNA from dog blood samples.
We have an outstanding opportunity for a Research Scientist / Engineer 1. We are seeking someone with a strong background in biology, strong molecular biology lab skills, and ideally, experience working with blood. Strong organizational skills are a must, as this project comprises potentially thousands of samples.
The Research Scientist/Engineer 1 will:
•Receive, aliquot and organize plasma samples. •Prepare serum extracts prior to running samples for metabolomic analysis •Isolate PBMCs from blood samples followed by DNA extraction •Manage an electronic lab inventory system •Communicate well with a nationwide of Dog Aging Project team members •Establish a robust and standardized pipeline for the above steps, including an efficient and well-organized workflow for numerous samples. •Contribute to regular meetings and one-on-one discussions about project design and progress.
•Bachelor’s degree in cell and molecular biology or a related discipline or equivalent combination of education and experience •At least one year of research experience of cell biology in a lab setting. •Practical understanding of the principles of molecular biology •Very strong organizational skills. •Ability to learn and integrate new analysis methods. •Excellent oral and written communication skills. •Ability and enthusiasm for working independently, and also collaboratively as part of a team.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
•Practical understanding of the molecular biology of aging. •Broad experience with data management •Basic analysis in R and/or Python.
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