National Institute on Aging

Brown University — Research Assistant

Job Description:

The Research Assistant will conduct experiments in the following two projects.

(1) Cell and Developmental Biology: Identifying how a protein of interest contributes to cellular functions and development, using sea urchin embryonic cells and human cancer cells.

(2) Evolutionary Developmental Biology: Discovering how the molecular evolution alters the developmental program and contributes to species diversity, using multiple echinoderm embryos.

Both projects require skills in general molecular biology, cell biology, embryology or live imaging such as general microscopy, microinjection, embryo handling, and confocal imaging. Any necessary training for the above experiments will be provided.

This is a fixed term position with a current end date of 8/31/2022 which may be extended based upon available funding.

The Research Assistant will conduct experiments in the following two projects.

Job Qualifications
Education and Experience

  • Required:  Bachelor’s degree in biology, biochemistry, cell biology, developmental biology or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Undergraduate research experience working in a laboratory setting; a completed and good-quality honorary thesis preferred.
  • Relevant coursework and basic knowledge of laboratory approaches and techniques in the areas of Molecular, Cell Biology, and Developmental Biology.
  • Requires a demonstrable record of precise handling of RNA, protein, and DNA samples with no contamination.
  • Experience in general microscopy preferred. Experience in confocal live imaging is highly preferred.

Job Competencies

  • Possesses a willingness and ability to support a diverse and inclusive campus community
  • Excellent written and communication skills
  • Ability to be observant and self-motivated
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to communicate clearly and professionally with co-workers
  • Ability to complete accurate records and follow detailed instructions
  • Ability to report any questions and problems in a timely-fashioned manner
  • Critical thinking of scientific matters.
  • Great attention to detail
  • Accurate sample/data labeling, organization, and storage.
  • Strong live imaging capabilities and microinjection are highly preferred.
  • Familiarity with the following software for data analysis, construction of images and movies and data presentation is highly preferred: FIJI, Image J, R, MatLab, MecaGen, Linux, Illustrator, Photoshop, Excel, PowerPoint

Background criminal and education check required.

Recruiting Start Date:

Job Posting Title:
Research Assistant

Department of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry

Grade 7

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Worker Sub-Type:
Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

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Full time

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