Research Support - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
The Research Assistant is responsible for research support of the Principal Investigatorâ™s (PI) studies along with duties involving molecular biology, biochemistry, protein production, purification, and protein crystallization. Duties include performing molecular biology and biochemistry for protein production, purification, and for biochemical assays, as well as some protein crystallization, assisting the other lab members with experimental design and direction. Incumbent is also responsible for assisting with maintaining lab materials including plasmid DNA, strain stocks and custom primer data, inventory lists, and freezer/fridge contents, ordering and receiving, equipment upkeep and repair, ensuring compliance with all Brown policies, and working with collaborators to achieve specific research goals.
The candidate will work in the laboratory of Dr. Alexandra Deaconescu that has access to a state-of-the-art structural biology facility at Brown and is equipped with liquid handling robots, and instrumentation suitable for X-ray diffraction, as well as other facilities for macromolecular biophysical characterization. Examples of work from the lab (www.deaconesculab.com) are: Brugger et al, Nature Communications (2020), Dorich et al, Genes & Development (2019), Vemu et al.Â ScienceÂ (2018), Le TT et al.Â CellÂ (2018), Deaconescu et al.Â Photochemistry and PhotobiologyÂ (2017), Kutter et al.Â JMBÂ (2016), Szyk et al,Â CellÂ (2014), Deaconescu et al.,Â PNASÂ (2012), Szyk et al.,Â NSMBÂ (2012) and Deaconescu et al.,Â TIBSÂ (2013) and Deaconescu et al., Cell (2006).]
This is a fixed term position with a current end date of 08/31/22 which may be extended based upon available funding.
Education and Experience
Required: Bachelorâ™s degree in Biological sciences or related discipline (grade 7). Bachelorâ™s degree with 1 â“ 2 years relevant laboratory experience (grade 8).
Or, equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience with PCR, primer design and cloning is preferred.
Experience with protein purification is preferred.
Teamwork: Must be willing and able to provide technical support to laboratory personnel.
Organizational: Must see to maintenance and organization of laboratory research activities.
Ability to perform complex experiments and techniques with high levels of reliability and accuracy within time constraints.
Interpersonal: Must interact well with other laboratory personnel, with members of the University community, and with outside vendors.
Must be able to multitask between tasks and projects and complete tasks in a timely manner.
The person in this position frequently communicates to faculty and staff who inquire about their research. Must be able to exchange accurate information.
This is a 37.5 hour per week position.Â Must be willing to work an adjusted schedule to support research needs.
Possesses a willingness and ability to support a diverse and inclusive campus community.
Background and education check required.
In order to maintain 90% or greater universal vaccination rates on campus, all newly hired employees at Brown University must receive the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before they begin work, unless they are approved for a medical or religious exemption. For more information, please visit theHealthy Brown site.Â
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Department of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry
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Internal Number: REQ172062
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