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Posted Job Title
Research Specialist B
Job Profile Title
Research Specialist B
Job Description Summary
We are studying the genetics of blinding eye diseases in order to develop new therapy such as gene therapy for patients. Primary tasks include standard molecular and cellular biological laboratory work (e.g. PCR, Western, IHC, cell culture). You will take part in designing experiments, establishing protocols and carrying out research semi-independently. Another important aspect of the position is computational work to analyze and archive genetic, clinical, and bioinformatics data. Other duties include maintaining supplies and equipment, preparing data for publication and grant proposals, and participating in the publication and presentation of data. This is a part-time position.
The Miyadera laboratory is investigating the genetics of blinding eye diseases. The underlying genetic basis of hereditary eye diseases has a lot of similarity between animals and people. By studying the genetic and cellular mechanisms of ocular diseases in animals, our goal is to better understand the disease and develop safe and effective new therapies for patients. One of the therapies we are actively investigating is gene therapy aiming at preventing or reversing vision-loss. We are seeking a motivated, organized, and conscientious research technician who can drive the discovery process with us.
Learn more about our research atÂ https://www.vet.upenn.edu/miyadera-lab. Primary tasks consist of 1) lab work involving molecular biological techniques and 2) computational work of analyzing and archiving genetic, clinical, and bioinformatics data. Lab work include all standard molecular and cellular biological techniques including PCR, real-time PCR, cloning, Western blot, cryosectioning, immunohistochemistry, and cell culture. The individual may also design and refine experimental protocols and carry out the study semi-independently. Finally, to analyze and prepare data for publication and grant proposals. In addition, several general lab management duties are expected as part of this position, including overall lab organization, maintain supplies and equipment, etc. We highly encourage the applicant to undertake independent research projects and participate in submission of manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and presentation at national/international conferences. The position will have elements of on-the-job training and acquisition of new skills.
The candidate must have a Bachelor or Masterâ™s degree in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, or related fields. A minimum 2-3 years experience in working in a biomedical research lab is required. Competence in standard methods including PCR, cloning, Western blotting, and immunolabelling is required. Experience in other methods including qRT-PCR, cryosectioning, microscopy, and cell culture is strongly preferred. Familiarity with sequence and genomic database (e.g. UCSC, Ensembl, NCBI) analyses is a strong plus.
Applicant must be extremely detail oriented and keep precise notes of all experimental details in a digital and hard formats shared with the principle investigator. Must have strong work ethic, excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills, and ability to learn new methods and techniques as the projects evolves. Must be able to work independently to effectively troubleshoot technical difficulties and work well with others. Note that occasional weekend hours may be required depending on the experimental procedure.
Preference is given to candidates who can commit to at least 2 years in this position. Contingent upon grant funding.
Job Location - City, State
Department / School
School of Veterinary Medicine
$36,401.00 - $65,521.00
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Internal Number: JR00005877
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