A Research Assistant 2 position is available for adeno-associated virus (AAV) and gene therapy research in the Department of Molecular and Medical Genetics. The Lab's major research focus is to elucidate the AAV vector-animal host interactions using contemporary high throughput molecular biology technologies and to develop novel AAV vectors for broader applications of this vector system to treat various human diseases.
This position will provide an excellent opportunity to learn basic and advanced molecular biology techniques and theories behind them, and to gain valuable hands-on experience in biological and biomedical sciences.
Perform various molecular biology assays, including construction and preparation of plasmid DNA, production and purification of AAV vectors for animal studies, and extraction of DNA / RNA from animal tissues.
Assist in the daily operation of the lab including hazardous waste disposal, sterilization of equipment, cleaning glassware, general servicing, ordering of equipment and lab supplies, and preparation of media and buffers.
Collect, record, organize and verify the accuracy of data.
Conduct literature searches and summarize information.
Document and interpret results of experiments and report to principal investigator.
Present experimental results at lab meetings and participate in departmental and group seminars.
Bachelor's Degree with major courses in field of research/No Experience, or Associate's Degree and 3 years of relevant experience
Ability to work autonomously and coordinate multiple tasks simultaneously
Ability to organize a large number of samples and perform high-throughput sample processing correctly and effectively
Ability to self-motivate and plan ahead
Demonstrable record of reliable attendance, punctuality and proven successful performance at past and present employers
Ability to work in an environment with potential exposure to radiation, human cells, and animal tissue. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) must be worn as required (gloves, masks, goggles, etc.)
Masters of Science Degree in the fields of Biology , Biotechnology or Biomedical Science
At least one year of research experience as a full-time research assistant in a molecular biology lab
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