Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Research Teaching Specialist V for NJMS- Microbiology, Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics / Center for Emerging & Re-emerging Pathogens. Under the direction and mentorship of Dr. Samantha Bell, Principal Investigator, the Research Teaching Specialist contributes to investigations of interactions between macrophages and Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The major focus is understanding the initiation, progression, and resolution of innate immune responses triggered during infection and how M. tuberculosis evades these responses. A combination of host and bacterial genetics, cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, and mouse infection models will be used to investigate host and bacterial factors of interest.
Among the key duties of this position are the following:
Assists with lab management duties, including stocking lab supplies, updating lab databases, and maintaining lab equipment.
Helps characterize the host response to M. tuberculosis in macrophages and in mouse models of infection.
Performs cell biology, molecular biology, and biochemistry experiments, including molecular cloning, cell line generation/validation/maintenance, microscopy, protein interaction/stability/localization studies, and DNA/RNA/protein isolation/quantification.
Assists in performing and analyzing mouse infection studies.
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
This position involves prolonged standing, walking and sitting, as well as use of laboratory equipment. Must perform complex procedures and demonstrate manual dexterity. Some stooping, reaching, climbing and bending. Occasional lifting of 20 pounds to a height of 6½ feet.
Hearing and speech capabilities necessary to communicate with other researchers and staff in person, on the telephone and by e-mail. Vision capable of viewing gauges, computer monitors, charts, forms, text and numbers for prolonged periods.
Must be available to work flexible hours including weekends and holidays when necessary to meet deadlines.
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