The Tourtellotte laboratory studies the cellular and molecular mechanisms of central and peripheral nervous system development, and mechanisms involved in innervation homeostasis and neurodegeneration. We are seeking a Research Associate I with previous experience in biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology and/or primary tissue culture to assist with all aspects of scientific experimentation in the laboratory. The successful candidate will have previous experience working in a molecular biology research laboratory setting and will perform a variety of routine experimental protocols and procedures to support the projects in the laboratory.
Initially working under direct supervision of the laboratory manager, the successful candidate will perform a variety of routine experimental protocols and procedures to support the objectives of the laboratory research projects. Specific duties will include operating specialized laboratory instrumentation, assisting with laboratory supply ordering and management, and performing experiments using molecular and cellular biology procedures including, but not limited to, PCR, cell culture, Western blotting, immunohistochemistry and microscopy. The successful candidate must have a high level of attention to detail and be capable of generating meticulously accurate written experimental records, be highly organized and have good independent project management skills. This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.
ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Perform a variety of increasingly complex experimental protocols and procedures and assist in the design of new complex protocols and techniques.
Keep accurate and detailed records of experimental design and results, and assist in identifying and troubleshooting unexpected results.
Order laboratory supplies and support laboratory operations.
Maintain lab equipment and related records, and coordinate use of lab equipment.
Operate specialized equipment as required by the specific project.
Assist in preparation of data for publication and/or presentation at scholarly meetings.
Develop skills in clearly presenting results, data analysis and interpretation at regular laboratory meetings.
Observe and comply with safety standards and procedures.
Work independently and collaboratively within 6 months after joining laboratory.
Have high level of motivation and commitment.
Accept oversight, feedback and mentorship.
Possess high degree of intellectual acuity, rigor, academic honesty and integrity.
Seek continuous improvement and self-education in relevant scientific topics.
Accept and demonstrate ownership of responsibilities, duties and assigned projects.
Assist trainees and other research staff with collaborative and supportive spirit.
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