A position of a research assistant within the Specialist series (Junior Specialist) is available in the Murn Lab at the Department of Biochemistry at the University of California, Riverside. The research in the lab focuses on RNA biology and epigenetics in neurons and stem cells.
About the Junior Specialist role: Under the guidance of Dr. Jernej Murn and a senior lab member, you will help to develop and implement new functional genomics tools for mammalian system that will allow for addressing a wide range of biological questions. The position will involve working with multiple researchers and will entail techniques like molecular cloning, cell culturing, preparation of sequencing libraries and their analysis. This opportunity would thus be an ideal for a hardworking, passionate, self-motivated professional who enjoys balancing multiple priorities and is looking for a 2-3 year career experience before beginning graduate or medical school.
What we provide: A competitive compensation package with comprehensive health and welfare benefits Exposure to groundbreaking research and working with a collegial, close-knit lab team Opportunities to present data in group meetings Opportunities for professional development, including a potential leadership on a project that aligns with your interests and capabilities
What you will do: Perform a variety of laboratory and investigative procedures, including culturing mammalian cell lines, basic molecular biology techniques, standard biochemical assays (such as immunoblotting or affinity purification), cloning, and basic fluorescence microscopy. Work efficiently and cooperatively with postdocs, graduate students, and other lab members. Operate lab equipment and prepare and order necessary supply stocks. Collect, verify, record, and compile experimental data. Participate in laboratory meetings and read literature applicable to the research area(s). Prepare, order, and maintain stocks of necessary reagents, solutions, and supplies. General lab operations to help maintain a safe, clean, and orderly lab environment.
What you bring: A bachelor's degree in the biological sciences is required. Previous hands-on research experience working in a laboratory is required. Understanding of basic molecular and cellular biology techniques (PCR, gel electrophoresis, etc.). Previous experience with tissue culture of mammalian cells and molecular cloning is preferred. Experience with bioinformatic data analysis is desired but not required. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and time management skills with strong attention to detail. Proactive and self-motivated mentality with an eagerness to learn and grow.
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The University of California, Riverside is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. UCR is a member institution of the American Association of Universities (AAU) as well as the Alliance of Hispanic Serving Research Universities (HRSU). Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employerwith a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
University of California COVID-19 Vaccination Program Policy: As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.
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