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Research Scientist - Department of Cell and Developmental Biology (A1800151)

Job description

Research Scientist

Department of Cell and Developmental Biology

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Primary Function

Use synthetic biology approaches to DNA assembly and BAC and YAC engineering for cell biology questions related to chromosome folding/function

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Carry out BAC recombineering, YAC manipulations using homologous recombination approaches. Design new experimental approaches, and in some cases new methods, to advance the research.
  • Establish stable mammalian cell lines with integrated BAC and YAC transgenes. Use these cell lines for various cell biological experiments, and help develop novel methods for assembling large DNA constructs to be cloned in BACs and YACs using synthetic biology approaches, including Gibson and Golden Gate assembly, yeast assembly, and new variations of BAC recombineering.
  • Write scientific manuscripts and prepare scientific presentations.
  • Train undergraduate and graduate students working in the laboratory on research methods for assigned project.

Required Qualifications
  • PhD in Molecular or Cell Biology or similar field.
  • Graduate training in the cell or molecular biology field.
  • Experience in the recombinant DNA cloning of large DNA constructs.
  • Experience using Gibson Assembly, Golden Gate Assembly and Yeast Assembly.
  • Experience with BAC recombineering.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively work in a multidisciplinary team.
  • Excellent organizational skills.

Preferred Qualifications
  • At least 4 years of postdoctoral work in the cell or molecular biology field.


Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Appointment Status

The position is a full-time appointment (100%, 12-month). The initial appointment is for 1 year with possible extensions beyond the initial period depending on availability of funding and programmatic need.

To apply

To ensure full consideration, application materials must be received by March 21, 2018. Please complete your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a letter of application, resume and the names, address, phone numbers and email addresses of three professional references. For more information regarding application procedures, contact Laura Martin at [email protected]. The proposed starting date is as soon as possible after the closing date. Interviews may take place prior to the closing date; however, no decision will be made until after that date.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu

College Name or Administrative Unit: LAS
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Research Scientist - Department of Cell and Developmental Biology (A1800151)
Open Date: 03/07/2018
Organization Name: Cell and Developmental Biology





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Posted: 3/8/2018
Application Due: 3/24/2018
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