Research (75%) The Jr. Specialist will participate in publishable research on chromosome recombination during meiosis using the budding yeast model, Saccharomyces cerevisiae. This individual is expected to employ molecular-genetic, genomic, cell biology, and biochemical tools to study the molecular mechanisms and regulation of chromosome recombination. Full training will be provided. Techniques employed include but are not limited to, PCR, DNA electrophoresis, gene cloning, bioinformatics, yeast and bacterial cell culture and transformation, yeast mutant construction via CRISPR-Cas9, genotyping, light and fluorescence microscopy, and micromanipulation of yeast cells. Additional duties include general laboratory maintenance such as cleaning and sterilizing glassware, media and solution preparation, and maintenance of databases.
The Jr. Specialist will perform experiments under the direct supervision of the lab manager, postdoctoral fellows, and senior graduate students. They are expected to familiarize themselves with the current literature and techniques in the field. The Jr. Specialist is expected to understand the experimental rationale and hypotheses being tested, and to discuss details of experimental design with their supervisors prior to performing experiments. Once trained, this individual is expected to work independently on basic experiments and lab duties.
Overall, the Jr. Specialist should work semi-independently, planning their own work schedule and experiments, with guidance and oversight by their direct supervisors and the PI. They will keep a detailed laboratory electronic notebook including all experimental procedures and data. They will attend relevant internal campus seminar series and laboratory research meetings, where they will be expected to present their work. The Jr. Specialist will also have opportunities to participate in research conferences. They will organize and summarize final data in graphical and/or tabular form for presentation, publications, and grant proposals. They will also contribute to the writing and editing of manuscripts.
Service (25%) The Jr. Specialist will be expected to train and mentor undergraduate researchers. These students typically help with basic lab tasks and complete small research sub-projects.
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