Laboratory Research Assistant
General Summary of Position:
The Kelleher Lab is focused on understanding how diet, genetics and environmental factors affect 1) lactation, milk composition and breast function; and 2) gut development, function, and host-microbe interactions in the neonate. Under the supervision of Professor Kelleher and her research team, the successful applicant will conduct work using cell culture and molecular biology techniques, mouse models and biochemical analyses, and clinical samples. The Research Assistant will carry out essential research support functions in the laboratory, including but not limited to the following: Managing supplies and reagents, ordering, coordinating equipment repair; Maintaining cultured cells and performing experiments requiring knowledge of sterile laboratory techniques; Maintaining transgenic mouse colony (breeding, weaning, genotyping); Preparing animal tissue samples for analysis, including embedding, sectioning and staining of tissues, and performing various biochemical assays; Extracting DNA and RNA, performing PCR and qPCR; Assisting with experiments in small rodents; Preparing chemical solutions and media; Performing standard experimental tests and procedures and recording results of experiments according to standard laboratory techniques;
Minimum Qualifications (Required):
- Bachelor’s degree in a life science discipline with 1-2 years experience in a laboratory setting
- Experience using computer-based tools (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.)
- Excellent oral and written communication skills; Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills
- Experience working with either mice or cultured cells
- Experience working with mice
- Experience working with cultured cells/sterile technique
- Experience with molecular techniques (cloning, mutagenesis, PCR, etc)
- Master’s degree in a life science discipline or 2+ years laboratory experience, experience working with small animal models (rodents), experience working with cultured cells; experience with molecular techniques (cloning, PCR, mutagenesis)
Special Instructions to Applicants:
This position is contingent upon funding.
Only current UML Employees within the Grants & Contracts (MTA/GRACE) bargaining unit will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting. All other candidates will be considered after that period.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications are received.
Please include a resume and cover letter with your application. Names and contact information of three references will be required during the application process.