Research Specialist I

Princeton, NJ
Jun 18, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Requisition # 2017-7387
Department Integrative Genomics
Category Research and Laboratory
Date Posted 4/19/2017
Full-Time / Part-Time Full-Time
Application Deadline ..


The Andolfatto laboratory at the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics seeks applicants for a research specialist position. Our group uses computational and experimental approaches to learn about genome evolution and elucidate the genetic mechanisms underlying evolutionary adaptations. Historically the lab has focused on Drosophila as a model system, but more recent work explores evolutionary/ecological genetics questions using a broad range of non-model organisms (e.g. butterflies and moths, freshwater fish, Milkweed-feeding insects, fireflies, amphibians and reptiles). We are looking for a highly motivated individual to carry out large-scale genomics projects and to support various lab activities. In addition to research, this technician will assist in training undergraduate students and be responsible for the day-to-day management of the lab, including maintaining equipment and the inventory of laboratory materials and supplies. The research technician may be responsible for the development and execution of research projects (which can lead to authorship on scientific publications).

The ideal candidate is one who seeks professional development as a scientist and is therefore interested in reading the current scientific literature and conducting an independent research project. The candidate will take ownership of their project.

The position is open and review of applications will begin immediately. The position will start as soon as possible. Salary will be commensurate with experience and will include the full Princeton benefits package.

This is a one-year term position, with the possibility of renewal based on available funding and satisfactory performance.


Responsibilities will include:

- Drosophila maintenance, crossing, and screening.

- Molecular biology including DNA/RNA preparation, PCR, qRT-PCR, next generation sequencing, plasmid vector construction, design of CRISPR-cas9 genome editing experiments.

- Lab organization, maintenance, and purchasing.

- Participation in group meetings.


Essential qualifications:

- Bachelor's degree in biology or related field .

- One to three years of experience in a research laboratory working with a (broadly-defined) "model" genetic system such as Drosophila, C. elegans, mouse, Arabidopsis.

- Experience with executing molecular biology protocols.

- Capacity to work both independently and collaboratively.

- Strong attention to detail and meticulous lab notebook keeping.

- Excellent communication skills.

- Enthusiasm for evolutionary biology and/or genetics.

- The successful candidate will be required to complete a background check.

Education required:

- Bachelor's degree

The final candidate will be required to complete a backgroundcheck successfully.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Salary Grade

RSP, 010

Standard Weekly Hours


Eligible for Overtime


Benefits Eligible


Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


Comments Related to End Date

One year term position, with the possibility of renewal based on available funding and satisfactory performance.

Physical Capacity Exam Required


Valid Driver's License Required


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