Research Associate

Location
Worcester
Posted
Aug 01, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Research Associate

Worcester Polytechnic Institute


Department: BIOLOGY & BIOTECHNOLOGY

Position Status:

Basic Function:
Responsibilities will be carried out in the Srinivasan Lab of WPI's Biology and Biotechnology department. The Srinivasan lab is in interested in understanding the neural and genetic basis of behavior using the nematode C. elegans as a model system. Current projects involve chemical signaling and social behavior, neuropeptide signaling, and neural circuit dynamics. Our research at WPI is highly interdisciplinary and encompasses areas such as neurobiology, molecular genetics, chemical biology, microfluidics, high-throughput neural imaging, and bioinformatics.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsibilities will be carried out in the Srinivasan Lab of WPI’s Biology and Biotechnology department. The Srinivasan lab is in interested in understanding the neural and genetic basis of behavior using the nematode C. elegans as a model system. Current projects involve chemical signaling and social behavior, neuropeptide signaling, and neural circuit dynamics. Our research at WPI is highly interdisciplinary and encompasses areas such as neurobiology, molecular genetics, chemical biology, microfluidics, high-throughput neural imaging, and bioinformatics.
    This is an excellent opportunity to interact with scientists in the vibrant neuroscience community in Worcester, MA, where we interact closely with other worm groups at WPI and nearby UMASS Medical School, collaborators around the Boston area, and collaborators around the US and internationally. The position requires participation in general laboratory operations and maintenance, contributions to original research, and a desire to advance his/her professional knowledge and abilities.
    Other duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
    • Student mentorship at the graduate, undergraduate, and high school levels, and Outreach participation
    • Finance and administration management
    • Laboratory safety
    • Database management
    • General laboratory maintenance

    Position Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in biology or related field, prior laboratory experience, very strong organizational skills and good social and scientific English communication are required. Proficiency in basic lab management, general worm maintenance, and database organization of lab supplies and worm strains and bacterial plasmids will be required; proficiency in molecular biology techniques is a plus.

    Posting Date:

    Open Until Filled:

    Special Instructions to Applicants:
    Email reference letters to jsrinivasan@wpi.edu

    EEO Information:
    We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against applicants due to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status or disability. We are looking for individuals who value creativity, diversity, inclusion, and collaboration.

    Criminal Background Check Statement:
    A pre-employment criminal records check is required.

    To apply, visit: https://careers.wpi.edu/postings/4813

    WPI, the nation's third oldest private technological university, established in 1865 by New England industrialists John Boynton and Ichabod Washburn consists of 80 acres set in a safe, residential section of Worcester, Massachusetts—the second largest city in New England—home to 13 colleges, and situated 40 miles west of Boston.

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