Brown University — Research Assistant

Job Description:

The Carney Institute for Brain Science is looking for a Research Assistant to engage with a highly collaborative group led by Dr. Arturo Andrade. The research is focused on molecular and cellular mechanisms that regulate important aspects of nervous system functions in health and disease including learning, memory, and pain. The Andrade lab utilizes mouse genetic models to addresses significant questions about brain and nervous system function. The Research Assistant will support the Andrade Lab with experiments involving tissue culture, cloning, immunohistochemistry, and immunoprecipitation.

The Research Assistant will have the ability to perform these duties independently but with regular guidance from the principal investigator and laboratory members.

This is a fixed term position with a current end date of 9/30/2024 which may be extended based upon available funding.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Cell culture (40%) – Perform experiments involving cell cultures of both neuronal primary cultures and cell lines.
  • Molecular Biology/biochemistry (40%) – Performing molecular biology and biochemistry experiments including but not limited to cloning, plasmid preparation, cell purification, coimmunoprecipitation, proteomics, western blot, and RNA/DNA crosslinking.
  • Data analysis and manuscript preparation (20%) – General data analysis, preparation of graphs for publication, and support in reviewing manuscript drafts. Support the training of undergraduate and graduate students in some experiments in the lab.

Job Qualifications
Education and Experience

  • BA or BSc in the field of Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Neuroscience, Genetics, or related field (required)
  • 1-2 years of related lab experience as undergraduate research laboratory or equivalent (required)
  • Course work in genetics, cell biology, biochemistry, neuroscience, statistics (required)
  • Experience with protein biochemistry (preferred)

Job Competencies

  • Indicate the essential job competencies. Competencies are required knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the job successfully.
  • Ability to work collaboratively, collegiality and professionalism.
  • Ability and drive to learn biological experiments in a lab setting
  • Ability to use computers for data analysis
  • Willingness to support a diverse and inclusive campus community
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Some evenings, weekends and holidays may be required for animal care

Background check – Criminal

Recruiting Start Date:

Job Posting Title:
Research Assistant

Robert J. and Nancy D. Carney Institute for Brain Science

Grade 8

Worker Type:

Worker Sub-Type:
Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

Time Type:
Full time

Scheduled Weekly Hours:

Position Classification:
Hybrid Eligible

Submission Guidelines:
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