A Research Assistant I position is open to provide support to the Meiler Lab. The role will perform administrative, research, and technical duties of the laboratory. Primary responsibility will be the production of recombinant proteins for study by NMR, X-ray Crystallography, and a variety of biophysical methods. The individual will work closely with graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and laboratory managers in a dynamic laboratory environment. The ability to function independently as well as part of a team is critical. Excellent organizational and communications skills (both verbal and written) are essential, as is attention to detail.
Duties and Responsibilities
Assist in Research and Development
Preparation of buffers and reagents
Production of vectors for protein expression
Bacterial overexpression of protein
Writing and updating laboratory protocols as needed
Perform, interpret and evaluate research
Perform test experiment procedures relating to laboratory activities
Assemble and compile research data for presentation and/or publication
Assist in collaborative efforts with other institutions and/or industry
Maintenance of laboratory equipment
Shipment of purified proteins to collaborators
Proper storage and maintenance of protein stocks
Participate in weekly and bi-monthly meetings to discuss project progress
Other tasks as directed by supervisor
Ensure the most effective operation of the laboratory
Maintain procedures manual
Maintain chemical inventory
Maintain an inventory of supplies
Update laboratory program website using existing platforms
Ensure website contains current information
Bachelor's degree in biochemistry, biological sciences, or related field and a minimum of 2 years of experience in a research setting, the latter can be substituted with a Master's degree.
Degree in Chemistry or other related science fields
Experience working in a research lab is necessary
Experience working with students and faculty is preferred
Experience in E. coli transformation, protein expression, and bacterial cell culture is preferred
Experience in the purification of proteins by both benchtop and automated chromatographic methods is desired
Molecular biology experience is preferred
The ability to function independently as well as part of a team is critical. Excellent organizational and communications skills (both verbal and written) are essential, as is attention to detail.
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Internal Number: 10000427
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