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The Han Lab at the Department of Biochemistry at Duke University is looking for an energetic and motivated research assistant to join a new lab studying how the human gut microbiota impacts host aging and physiology. We aim to elucidate the fundamental mechanisms by which these bacteria species interact with the host at the molecular, cellular, and organismal levels. We believe in collegiality and inclusivity and are looking for someone interested in shaping a young lab’s structure and culture. The lab collaborates with the Microbiome Center and the Aging Center at the Duke University School of Medicine, and utilizes cutting-edge techniques in mass spectrometry and metabolomics. Building on Dr. Shuo Han’s recently-published, metabolomics pipeline mapping a diverse universe of bioactive molecules in the gut, we are still in the earliest stages of opportunity in developing a mechanistic understanding of how these molecules affect the host. As a research assistant, you will conduct original research, perform administrative tasks, and actively participate in the vibrant, scientific community at Duke. The position is an excellent fit for someone seeking 1-3 years of research experience in preparation for medical school, graduate school, or industry job applications. Training will be provided. Title and salary will be commensurate with experience.
·Culturing and maintaining anaerobic bacterial strains, and preparing bacterial and mouse samples for genomic sequencing and metabolomic analysis.
·Applying theoretical background in microbiome science to interpret and perform analyses of experiments in collaboration with senior researchers.
·Troubleshooting project issues to subsequently inform additional experiments that will need to be performed.
·Contributing to publication of findings as needed: participating in the preparation of written documents, including procedures, presentations, and proposals.
·Helping with general lab maintenance as needed: managing lab ordering, chemical inventory, animal protocols, and working with vendors.
·Bachelor’s degree in biological science discipline is required (microbiology preferred), with hands-on experience in basic laboratory techniques and operating standard lab equipment.
·Experience with microbiology techniques, care and handling of genetic models such as the nematode C. elegans, and molecular biology techniques is preferred.
·General computer skills and ability to quickly learn and master computer programs and scientific applications.
·Strong communication (written and spoken English), organizational, and interpersonal skills.
·Ability to work independently and to troubleshoot issues that arise.
·Dedication to building a supportive and inclusive environment for your labmates
To apply, please write to Dr. Shuo Han ([email protected]) with a cover letter in the body of your email and attach a resume with names and contact information of three professional references.
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