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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: July 19, 2021
The Department of Integrative Biology (IB) is part of the College of Letters and Science. Its focus on biological integration and diversity encompasses the full spectrum of biological organization (e.g., from molecular to biosphere) for organisms ranging from viruses to plants and animals. The faculty represent a wide range of expertise, including paleontology, population genetics, physiology, anatomy, human biology and health sciences, and organismal, ecological, and evolutionary botany and zoology. The Instructional Support unit provides extensive services to approximately 23 lab courses and assistance to several of the ~110 courses taught each year, reaching over 8000 students.
Maintain critical species in lab (Drosophila, Arabidopsis, Scaptomyza).
This means organizing media preparation and delivery, curating fly and seed collections and maintaining them, validating strains using basic PCR and Sanger sequencing techniques.
Because Arabidopsis is needed as food for some Scaptomyza species, this also means planting/watering/fertilizing and maintaining growth chambers (e.g., making sure light levels and humidity levels are correct, using biological control to deal with pests).
For Drosophila, different types of media are required and toxins are often added as a result of experiments we are conducting. Safe use of these toxins is critical for lab safety.
Lab management - purchasing, inventory, lab maintenance, administration including budgeting.
Specific responsibilities within each category include, for example, placing purchase orders, obtaining invoices and ensuring that they are paid by working with purchasing staff, ensuring that lab members are trained in how to complete purchase orders, keeping a required chemical and equipment inventory updated each semester, maintaining contact with building managers and ensuring a safe laboratory working environment, scheduling lab cleanups and assigning roles for each lab member in that regard (e.g., and area for which they are responsible for clean-up), ensuring that each lab member has met their training requirements for safety and ensuring that we are not over-spending or under-spending various funding sources and meeting with PI to discuss spending concerns, strategies and when reports are due to funding agencies, helping the PI gather relevant information on number and type of trainees, etc., as well as working with our post-award RA to ensure compliance with funding agency and university regulations.
Research - independent and with other researchers.
This includes planning, executing and troubleshooting diverse scientific experiments (e.g., using techniques in biochemistry, genetics, genomics, toxicology and ecology) in collaboration with PI and other researchers in lab, including undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, visiting scholars and collaborators at other institutions.
This also includes co-mentoring undergraduate students with graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and the PI so that they can complete their projects in a scientifically sound and timely manner.
Previous experience with Drosophila, including feeding assays (CAF assay, toxic media preparation and assay), egg collection and transfer, larval collection and transfer, colony maintenance and troubleshooting.
Previous experience with Scaptomyza flava: egg cages, growth time, care and feeding.
Previous experience with Arabidopsis thaliana: planting, growth, seed collection, troubleshooting.
Experienced in planning, organizing and executing large-scale experiments involving multiple researchers.
Ability to patiently manage large and intense research lab on cutting edge of science with many unique personalities.
Strong background in biochemistry and ability to prepare buffers, solutions and handle toxic chemicals.
Protein purification including nickel-column and KTA system, SDS-PAGE and Western blot.
Bachelor's degree in Biology, Ecology, Microbiology, or related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
Transmission electron microscopy, including sample embedding, thin-sectioning and imaging.
Experience preparing monoclonal antibodies.
Microbiology including media preparation, antibody familiarity, storing/freezing bacteria, transformation and expression of proteins.
Salary & Benefits
This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience.
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