National Institute on Aging

Brown University — Research Assistant

Job Description:

The Research Assistant will conduct experiments to examine the cellular processes by which specific genetic variants modify neurodegeneration associated with ALS. The Research Assistant will use genetic, cell biological and molecular techniques to elucidate the molecular mechanisms underlying genetic suppression of locomotor and neuronal defects apparent in the disease state. This research will make use of Drosophila as a model system.  In addition to carrying out specific experiments that involve genetic crosses, tissue dissections, immunohistochemistry, imaging, molecular techniques and biochemical assays, the research assistant will also perform omic analyses.  The Research Assistant will engage in and oversee general lab support duties.

This is a fixed term position with a current end date of 12/31/2025 which may be extended based upon available funding.

Job Qualifications
Education and Experience

  • Required: Bachelor degree in biology, genetics, neuroscience, biochemistry, or related field and 1-2 years’ research experience in a laboratory setting.
  • Relevant coursework and knowledge of laboratory approaches and techniques in the areas of Genetics, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and/or Biochemistry is required.
  • Or, equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Strong computer skills with preferably some experience using graphing, image and statistical analysis programs
  • Experience using Drosophila as a research organism is preferred.

Job Competencies

  • Conceptually comfortable with genetic and molecular genetic approaches
  • Attention to detail, outstanding hand/eye coordination, consistent execution of multi-step protocols
  • Ability to learn new skills quickly
  • Excellent organizational and record-keeping skills
  • Excellent written and communication skills
  • Ability to be observant and self-motivated
  • Ability to think critically and problem-solve
  • Ability to complete accurate records and follow detailed instructions
  • Ability to work as part of a team, strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to communicate clearly and professionally with co-workers
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office software suite and competence in statistical analysis is desired
  • Possesses a willingness and ability to support a diverse and inclusive campus community

Background and education check required.

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Job Posting Title:
Research Assistant

Department of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry

Grade 8

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Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

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Full time

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