Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
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The UCSD Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences is composed of 65 faculty 14 clinical fellows, 4 Assistant Project Scientists/Postdoctoral Fellows. The department is composed of 7 divisions: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Gynecologic Oncology, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Hospitalist, Family Planning and Urogynecologic and Reconstructive Surgery. The department is currently ranked 5th in the nation in NIH funding among ObGyn departments.
Under supervision, work in a laboratory, performing biochemistry and microbiology pertaining to women's health. The individual will participate in an integrated research team focused on cutting edge research related to roles of the vaginal microbiome and carbohydrate biology in women's health. The incumbent will serve as a Staff Research Associate who will apply approaches in anaerobic microbiology, glycobiology, biochemistry, and the vaginal microbiome.
Independently perform molecular/cellular biological and biochemistry techniques including quantitative PCR, bacterial transfection, amplification, plasmid isolation, subcloning, maintain stocks of plasmids, expression and purification of proteins. Perform RNA/DNA extractions. Perform Microbial and Cell culture including cell extracts and perform enzymatic analyses. Perform protein electrophoresis, western blots, and ELISA. Design and execute studies under direction of the supervisor with minimal technical supervision. Maintain laboratory inventory, perform general lab maintenance, maintain lab supplies, and assist other lab personnel.
Theoretical understanding and practical knowledge of cellular and molecular biology or related field as typically attained through a Bachelor's degree and/or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Demonstrated ability to perform research techniques in cellular, molecular, and micro- biology.
Skill to plan and organize work assignments in an efficient and productive manner, using and developing detailed protocols.
Thorough knowledge of the operation and maintenance of various lab equipment such as microscopes, centrifuges, spectrophotometers, balances, pH meters, and electrophoresis equipment.
Proven experience basic RNA/DNA extraction, purification, and handling.
Experience propagation of cells and perform sterile experimental techniques and laboratory procedures on living cells and cell fractions.
Profificnt experience with computer and software application, such as MS Word, Excel, as well as specialty scientific computing software. Ability to learn new software for analysis
Experience with laboratory safety, including radioactive/biohazard handling and disposal techniques, and the ability to ensure laboratory compliance with required safety regulations. Includes biological, infectious agents, and bloodborne pathogens, chemical hazards, and possible animal allergens.
Good interpersonal skills to be effective in communicating and interacting with a variety of people within a large laboratory setting and in administrative components within and outside the University.
Manual dexterity and legible handwriting. Perform general lab maintenance, including cleaning and restocking supplies and manage a regular schedule in the lab.
Ability to work with a variety of personnel from different laboratories and collaborate to develop and share optimal procedures for assays.
Strong communication skills (both verbal and written) needed to interact professionally and effectively in the work environment, as well as effectively and accurately document research procedures and data. Ability to read, comprehend and discuss research materials.
Willingness to prepare reports and data to assist in the papers for publications and research proposals.
Must have prior experience with datasets to be able to create and handle datasets in a complete manner, and perform bench research.
Ability to perform research on the human vaginal microbiome where bacteria, fungi, and viruses may be present in samples.
Willingness to learn new techniques and tasks and share knowledge to inform and teach students and paraprofessionals new techniques.
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