Staff Research Associate (9613C) (limited), Molecular & Cell Biology Research - 35747
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The Department of Molecular & Cell Biology (MCB) is home to undergraduate and graduate academic programs as well as Faculty Research performed by faculty organized in five divisions:
- Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Cell and Developmental Biology Genetics, Genomics and Development Immunology and Pathogenesis Neurobiology
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- Under general supervision of the PI and postdoc, the position involves assisting the postdoc on primary research and organizing the material, and experimental design. General molecular biology: subcloning, PCR, RNA synthesis, genotyping (by PCR), preparation of materials for injection. Analysis: Perform in situ hybridization (whole-mount and section), immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence. In vitro fertilization on Xenopus laevis and mating on tropicalis, including tissue harvesting, boosting, and duties on animal facility. Embryo microinjection and dissection, culture and sample processing (including microtome/cryostat). Photodocumentation by microscopy (including confocal). Organizing the material into the library, records, notes. Data analysis and manuscript preparation.
- Require experience in molecular biological techniques and current understanding of methods to mutagenize the genome and alter gene expression. Experience with cloning, In situ hybridization types of analysis, antibody staining. Experience on microinjection, and reagents preparation. Experience working in a laboratory environment. Strong attention to detail, ability to follow-thru on work, and maintain good records. Demonstrated strong interpersonal and communication skills. Experience with Xenopus: Husbandry, IVF and embryo work (including staging, phenotyping, imaging, explants). Experience on confocal microscopy, fluorescence microscopy, video recording.
- BA/BS in Biology or related field and/or equivalent training or experience.
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