Research Associate - Laplante Lab

Location
Raleigh
Posted
Feb 02, 2017
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Number: 00106118

Primary Function of Organization Unit: Dr Laplante's lab is part of the Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences. The Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences trains doctors of veterinary medicine and graduate students interested in research-based careers focused on the discovery of new knowledge about animal and human health and disease and using those findings to enhance animal and human health and well-being. Students get in depth knowledge of the molecular mechanisms of disease, and experience in the development of new procedures which enable its prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Our faculty are recognized experts in the fields of cell biology and physiology, cancer biology, developmental biology, environmental science and toxicology, genomics, infectious diseases, neuroscience, pharmacology, radiology, and reproductive biology. Our goals are to advance veterinary medical science through innovative basic and applied research, and by mentoring and inspiring students, providing world-class clinical and diagnostic services, and offering the public the latest knowledge through innovative extension and engagement activities. Our research faculty work in state-of-the-art research facilities including a transgenic mouse facility where graduate students can participate in research projects related to mouse and animal genomics. A number of graduate programs are available to students interested in working with faculty in the Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences. In addition, faculty oversee following clinical sections: anesthesia, clinical nutrition, pharmacology, and the radiology residency. Dr Laplante lab was hired as a Chancellor's Faculty Excellence Program as quantitative cell and developmental biology professor for the Modeling the Living Embryo cluster. The cluster's interdisciplinary research applies precision measurements of molecular, cellular and tissue dynamics in living embryos, along with computer simulation and modeling, to understand the development, growth and diversification of plants and animals.

Essential Job Duties: The selected Research Associate candidate will be responsible for both laboratory management and independent leadership in research studies including presentation and publication of scientific results. The selected individual will be responsible for participating in the planning of research projects, leading the execution of laboratory work using molecular and cellular biology methods and conducting data analyses. Anticipated research duties will include culturing and genetically manipulating fission yeast samples and imaging the samples using spinning disk confocal and super-resolution microscopy techniques. Specific laboratory techniques include but are not limited to genomic DNA preparations, PCR amplification, molecular cloning, yeast tetrad dissection and microscopy imaging skills. The position will involve the management of multiple concurrent projects, analysis of data, records and sample management. The selected individual will provide assistance in determining the next steps of such projects and feedback for direct application of laboratory work. Other research-related duties include: - Assist in grant writing - Lead authorship of scientific manuscripts - Lead at least two independent research projects within the Laplante research scope. - Present data at local and international scientific meetings - Attend and participate in journal clubs and meetings - Train and supervise graduate and undergraduate students

Minimum Education/Experience: Relevant Master's degree, or Bachelor's degree in a life sciences related field, which may include cellular biology, molecular biology, and biochemistry and 3 or more years of relevant experience, relevant independent experience and education.

Department Required Skills: - Ability to coordinate and prioritize concurrent projects - Knowledge of laboratory equipment and procedure - Excellent learning abilities - Excellent organizational skills with strong attention to detail - Accurate record keeping and data management skills - Ability to work independently as well as contribute to a supportive team environment - Basic computer literacy including but not limited to Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint. - Excellent verbal and written communication skills - Strong analytical skills - Ability to lift up to 30 pounds

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education: Useful experience and knowledge includes: - Experience in setting up a new laboratory - Knowledge of MatLab and LabView software - Microscopy experience - Experience with yeast cell work

Necessary Licenses and Certifications: N/A

AA/EOE: NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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