We are seeking a creative and motivated Research Assistant with strong experimental skills to support the development of novel cell therapy-based approaches for type 1 diabetes (Nature, 586: 606-11, 2020). The role will focus on differentiation of iPSC/ESC to functionally active organoids, help streamline and establish a robust process and aid in the translation of this work to external partners.
(45%) Stem Cell Work
Maintenance and differentiation of iPSC/ESC to functionally active organoids
Preparation / maintenance of cell culture media, growth factors and reagents for stem cell work.
Growing, passaging, and maintenance of organoid cultures.
Viability assay for organoids.
Harvesting and isolation of organoid cells for FACS sorter.
(25%) Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Biochemistry Techniques
Plasmid DNA ( Maxi and mini) and RNA preparation from tissues and cells
Gel Electrophoresis ( DNA, RNA, Protein ( SDS-page, Western Blotting)
Analysis of DNA/ RNA quality using Agilent BioAnalyzer
PCR/ qPCR in 384 -well format
cDNA synthesis from RNA
(20%) Mouse Colony Handling and Maintenance
Mouse husbandry/ feeding with special diet/ weaning, mating, breeding
Weighing/ Euthanizing / Mouse survival surgery
Dissection ad harvesting of mouse tissues
Tail clipping/ ear punching
(10%) Lab Support
Assist with preparing standard/general tock solutions.
Assist with weekly inventory and ordering of general lab supplies.
Assist with receipt and organization of incoming lab supplies.
Assist in disposal of hazardous, biohazard waste and chemical waste
No professional experience required.
Demonstrated experience and application of molecular biology knowledge preferably in biochemistry and cell culture.
Demonstrated experience with general lab maintenance, including cleaning, stocking supply inventory, and ensuring the maintenance of a sterile environment.
Familiarity with molecular biology techniques
Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, biochemistry or related field
MS in Biology or related field
SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Theoretical and hands on knowledge of tissue culture and molecular biology techniques.
Demonstrated knowledge and experience in researching information and analyzing data to arrive at valid conclusions.
Ability to learn and carry out new experimental procedures with accuracy and efficiency. Demonstrated ability to follow verbal and/or written protocols, including follow-up on previously begun procedures.
Demonstrated ability to record data accurately and enter into appropriate medium.
Skill in the operation and maintenance of various lab equipment.
Demonstrated knowledge and experience with both PC and MAC operating systems, standard business office equipment and commonly used software and tools, such as Microsoft Office, electronic mail, and the internet.
Proficiency with common office software applications as well as software applications used for research, recording, and analysis.
Detail oriented with ability to understand and follow standard procedures
Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills
SPECIAL CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Must be willing to work in an animal-related research environment.
Must be willing to work an adjusted schedule to support research needs.
Successful completion of the Institute’s background investigation.
Must be willing to sign confidentiality agreement
This position requires constant adjusting focus, grasping, hearing, keying, seeing, sitting, talking, analyzing, calculating, communicating, reading, reasoning, and writing.
Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities
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