Research Specialist 2 - Fei

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Hyde Park Campus

20146 Biochem/Mol Bio

About the Unit
The Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (BMB) studies how biomolecules operate and interact to drive the complex and diverse behaviors of living systems. The questions that we ask are broad and multifaceted, and as a result, our trainees are well equipped for future academic and industrial careers in biochemistry and biophysics. Our research encompasses all areas of modern biochemistry, including structural biology, biophysics, and biomolecular engineering and design. Our Department is distinguished by its intellectual rigor and collaborative style. Interdisciplinary interactions are further facilitated by our presence in the Gordon Center for Integrative Sciences, which brings together a large and diverse group of biological and physical scientists to pursue common research goals.

Job Information

Job Summary:

Research Specialist 2 will work with an experienced team of researchers to investigate RNA-mediated gene regulation, and development of new labeling and fluorescence imaging techniques.


80% Research

  • Designing, performing and analyzing experiments related to assigned project such as (
    bacterial and mammalian cell culturing,cloning, in vitro transcription, fluorescent labeling of DNA, RNA and protein, RNA in situ hybridization, Immunostaining and Fluorescence microscopy.

20% Administrative
  • Supervise the maintenance of laboratory equipment.
  • Maintain laboratory compliance with biological and chemical safety regulations.
  • Document experiments in Lab Notebook.
  • Meet with supervisor regularly to discuss progress and problems in research.
  • Aide other members of the lab in maintaining common stock solutions, supplies, chemicals, and media.
  • Work with investigators in a cooperative and independent manner.
  • Train and supervise students and other coworkers.

  • Ability to learn new concepts and techniques quickly and to work effectively as a team member required.
  • Ability to read and keep abreast of technical developments required.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills required.
  • Strong work ethic and organizational skills required.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills required.
  • Ability to work independently, learn new techniques, and be able to handle multiple tasks required.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience and Certifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry or a related field required.
  • Advanced degree in Biochemistry or a related field preferred.

  • Experience in performing general molecular biology and general microbiological techniques required.
  • Experience in restriction analysis, PCR, site-directed mutagenesis, DNA sequencing, DNA and protein electrophoresis required.
  • Experience in mRNA synthesis and handling required.
  • Experience in Western blots, affinity, gel filtration and ion exchange chromatography required.
  • Preferred: Experience with florescent labeling, fluorescence in situ hybridization, immunofluorescence staining, fluorescence microscopy.

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • Knowledge of common computer programs (e.g. Microsoft Word, Excel or equivalent, MATLAB).
  • Knowledge of standard molecular biology and biochemistry laboratory equipment.

Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • 3 References

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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Job No:
Posted: 5/18/2018
Application Due: 6/15/2018
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