Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for a Research Assistant to join the Biology Department. This is a regular, full-time, exempt position, and is eligible for full benefits.
The Alexander and Tepolt labs at WHOI are seeking a motivated individual with prior laboratory experience to support genetic research in marine systems as a technician. The Alexander lab studies the biogeochemical functioning and physiological ecology of eukaryotic plankton, and the Tepolt lab studies population genetics and rapid adaptation in marine invertebrates. Time will be split between these two labs, and the technician will be a full and participating member of both lab groups. We will train the right candidate on specific lab protocols, but the position requires some prior experience and comfort with general molecular biology techniques (e.g. pipetting, PCR, etc.). This position is primarily lab-based and is ideal for a candidate who wishes to gain experience in the application of advanced genetic and molecular approaches to the study of marine organisms and ocean ecosystems.
This is a one-year position with a mutual option for a second year; the position may be extended beyond two years depending on funding availability. Anticipated start date is April 2021. Interested candidates should apply o nline only and should not contact the PIs directly about this position. Please include a cover letter, complete curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for at least three references with your application. Applications will be reviewed immediately and must be submitted no later than March 5, 2021 to ensure full consideration.
The internal working title for this position could be either Research Assistant I or Research Assistant II. The final level of the position will be determined commensurate with the selected candidate's level of education & experience.
Genetic sample collection and preparation, which includes dissections of invertebrates (crabs and shellfish, primarily) and likely some fish.
Detailed molecular biology protocols including DNA and RNA extraction, PCR and gel electrophoresis, Nanopore sequencing, and preparation of samples for transcriptome and genome sequencing and genotyping
Good troubleshooting skills, effective time management, attention to detail, ability to work independently
Basic laboratory maintenance, including ordering, equipment maintenance, and algal culture
Basic computer literacy with both Mac and Windows operating systems
Research Assistant I :
With close supervision, uses established laboratory procedures to perform prescribed research tasks determined by field of study and scope of individual research project.
Assists in collecting project data as directed
Prepares data or material for analysis or presentation using standard research techniques
Processes and analyzes data according to established technical procedures
Research Assistant II - all Research I responsibilities plus:
With some supervision, employs established laboratory procedures, standard equipment, and fundamental concepts to conduct research tasks determined by field of study and scope of individual research project.
Maintains records related to the research and/or research equipment
Executes designated research tasks, making use of selected laboratory experiments, equipment, field work, library research, data acquisition and processing, statistical analyses or other investigative techniques
Organizes and summarizes acquired data, using scientific and statistical techniques including computer programs
Organizes and/or drafts material for the preparation of research papers, manuscripts, or other documents for publication and/or presentation
Participates in the design of experiments or field work
As deemed necessary by supervisor
Education & Experience
DESIRED EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
A Bachelors degree in Biology or a related field (Chemistry, Biochemistry, etc.)
Experience with genetic benchwork
Excellent communication, critical thinking, time management, and organizational skills
Research Assistant I :
Bachelor's degree in related field plus one year related experience
Research Assistant II :
Bachelor's degree in related field, or Bachelor's degree in non-related field plus two years' related experience
Further details of the physical requirements of established essential functions for this position will be discussed during the interview process.
Internal Number: 2021-1395
About Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is the world's leading, non-profit organization dedicated to ocean science and engineering, exploration and education. Come join a diverse organization whose curiosity, creativity, and commitment help improve the world's understanding of the ocean's importance to the plant and to society. Experience a culture of excellence, dedication, innovation and discovery.Please visit https://careers.whoi.edu for a listing of all of our openings and apply today!