Research Assistant I - Regulatory Biology Laboratory, Dr. Satchidananda Panda

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The Research Assistant I position is responsible for performing various genetic and molecular biology techniques, fruit fly handling, stock maintenance, behavior assay under different treatments through the aging process in support of the research goals of the Panda lab. Other duties include assisting with general laboratory maintenance.


(40%) fly stock maintaining and general fly work

  • Provide fresh food to lab stocks routinely and maintain the stocks at healthy condition
  • Carry out fly mating experiment with basic genetic techniques to obtain fly with target genotype

(40%) conducting experiments with flies under different feeding regimens

  • Provide and remove food from experimental flies according to different schedules
  • Conduct different types of fly behavior assays and analyze the data under different treatments
  • Dissect tissues and perform molecular and immunohistological analysis

(10%) Molecular Biology Techniques

  • Fly genotyping

(10%) Lab Support

  • Assist with preparing standard media and solutions.
  • Manage fly media inventory



  • 0-2 years of experience as a lab technician or equivalent related experience.
  • Demonstrated experience and application of genetics and molecular biology knowledge preferably in fly genetics, DNA and RNA work and immunohistology.
  • Demonstrated experience with general lab maintenance, including cleaning and stocking supply inventory.


  • Previous experience with fly genetics and molecular biology



  • Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences or related field


  • MS in biological sciences or related field, Independent Research in circadian rhythm in fly or other animal models is highly preferred.



  • Theoretical and hands on knowledge of fly genetics techniques.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in researching information and analyzing data to arrive at valid conclusions.
  • Ability to conduct experiment reliably and carefully by following the protocol. Learn and carry out new experimental procedures with accuracy and efficiency. Demonstrated ability to follow verbal and/or written protocols, including follow-up on previously begun procedures. Ability to modify existing protocol according to experimental needs.
  • Demonstrated ability to record experimental procedure and results accurately and consistently for every experiment performed.
  • Skill in the operation and maintenance of various lab equipment.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with both PC and MAC operating systems, standard business office equipment and commonly used software and tools, such as Microsoft Office, electronic mail, and the internet.
  • Proficiency with common office software applications as well as software applications used for research, recording, and analysis.
  • Self-motivated, highly organized, very responsible in conducting experiment, enthusiastic in learning, effective at multitasking, adept at juggling priorities
  • Proven ability to work both independently and also as part of a collaborative team.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including tact, diplomacy, and flexibility.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with diverse groups. Demonstrated skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with personnel at all levels.


  • Fly husbandry and behavior assay
  • Molecular and histology working experience


  • Must be willing to work in an animal-related research environment
  • Must be willing to work and adjust schedule to support research needs
  • Successful completion of the Institute’s background investigation


The incumbent in this position will constantly be adjusting focus, reaching, touching/feeling, and working indoors.


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