The Department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences invites applications for a full-time 1.00 FTE, 12-month, fixed-term Faculty Research Assistant position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Department Head.
Our laboratory focuses on enhancement of cellular delivery of antisense oligos, especially Morpholino oligomers (uncharged nucleic acid analogs used as drugs and in biological research to modulate gene expression). We collaborate with an extensive network of international and domestic biologists to test our antisense compounds in various research fields. Pathogens over biological safety level (BSL)-2 are handled by our collaborators, not in our laboratory. Our collaborators test our antisense conjugates in systems including genetic diseases (e.g. cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy) and viruses (e.g. SARS-CoV-2, influenza, dengue). We also collaborate on projects that include anti-bacterial, ocular and tumor applications.
The Faculty Research Assistant (FRA) will carry out synthesis and purification of antisense oligos conjugated with delivery-enhancing moieties and conduct research on improving bioconjugation chemistry to deliver antisense oligonucleotides into cells. This position is in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine. The lab PI has over 25 years of experience in industry and academia within this research field.
Research opportunities for this position may include: assisting in design of delivery moieties for tissue-specific uptake, developing new conjugation chemistries, scaling up production and determining the pharmacokinetic properties, uptake mechanisms and tissue distribution of drug candidates.
Requires Bachelor’s degree in discipline appropriate to the field in which research is being conducted.
B.S. in chemistry (protein & nucleic acid chemistry, organic chemistry, natural products synthesis,), chemical/biomedical engineering, biochemistry or related fields.
Experience in synthesis, purification, and characterization of organic compounds.
Experience in various types of column chromatography.
At least two years of research experience in an academic research, industrial or government laboratory.
Proficiency in both written and spoken English and in MS Office (especially Excel and Word).
Ability to work effectively as a good team player.
Demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.
This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in youth programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months.
This position will work in a clean and bright chemistry and cell biology laboratory with experienced nucleic acid and peptide chemists, a virologist, and graduate and undergraduate students. A separate chemical laboratory with three fume hoods is available for synthetic work.
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