Research Technician - Department of Biology, School of Arts and Sciences - (21001095)
This is a limited term position ending May 31, 2023. This is a grant funded position and is not eligible for severance pay.
The Tufts Department of Biology has diverse research interests and is engaged in cutting-edge biological research in molecular biology, genetics, cell biology, neurobiology, 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.
Under supervision of the Principal Investigator, conduct a variety of experiments following established procedures and protocols, which may include insect egg injections, maintaining transgenic insect colonies, PCR assays, expression screening and imaging / microscopy. The research technician will also have lab coordination duties, including ordering, maintaining laboratory equipment and supplies, and managing data and reagent storage systems. The topic of investigation is to develop optogenetic tools for use in brain circuit analysis in the caterpillar Manduca sexta.
Bachelor's degree in a biological science (biology/zoology/molecular biology major preferred) with up to 1 year of laboratory experience.
Familiarity with basic biology laboratory techniques, use of imaging/microscopy facilities, fine motor skills for embryo injections and insect dissection, established molecular biology methods such as PCR.
Special Work Schedule Requirements: Will work with insects in a laboratory colony and will sometimes need to be flexible on the scheduled working hours.
An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.
Tufts is a leader in American higher education, distinctive for its success as a moderately sized university that excels at research and providing students with a personal experience. Our unique combination of research and liberal arts attracts students, faculty and staff who thrive in our environment of curiosity, creativity and engagement.