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Job Summary Our lab uses fruit flies as a model for the study of small RNA biology. The project will focus on the role of a class of small non-coding RNAs (piRNAs) in transcriptional gene regulation. We have shown that the piRNA pathway induces transcriptional gene silencing and are currently dissecting the molecular mechanism of this process. The technician would be involved in different aspects of this project. This work would be conducted under the direct guidance of the lab head and would involve fly genetics, molecular and cell biology techniques. Training in established techniques will be provided as needed, but the work will require significant independence of day-to-day operations. The successful candidate will design and independently perform bench level experiments and small projects that support the overall research objective.
Job Duties - Job tasks will include, but are not limited to maintenance of fly stocks, setting up fly crosses and collecting embryos or dissecting ovaries, isolating RNA and protein from samples, as well as fixing samples for staining and imaging. Reverse transcription, PCR reactions, protein and nucleic acid quantifications etc. will be routinely performed. The project might involve cell culture work and molecular cloning. Functional assays will include cell and molecular biology methods such as, but not limited to, qPCR, Western blot and immunofluorescence. - The candidate will interact directly with the lab head to ensure proper experimental design and analysis. The candidate will adapt easily to changing needs and priorities, facilitate project completion, provide lab support and organizational needs, address technical problems, and summarize and present results. Training will be provided as needed. - In addition to tasks related to the research project, the candidate will be expected to perform other lab duties such as maintaining the fly collection, assisting with lab inventory, lab organization and other lab maintenance. - Other duties as assigned
Basic Qualifications - Bachelor's degree in biology or related field required. - Familiarity and hands-on experience with molecular biological methods and the operation of standard lab equipment required. - Excellent communication skills and the ability to interact professionally with all levels of staff and with external contacts in a fast paced environment required. - Ability to handle a variety of tasks simultaneously required. - Excellent organization, time management, and project management skills required. - Must possess a high level of initiative and independence.
Preferred Qualifications - Extensive (at least 2 years) experience in a research laboratory is a strong plus. - Solid technical knowledge of fly genetics, molecular and cell biology techniques is a plus. - Experimental techniques that would be of exceptional value are: fly stock maintenance/crossing/genotyping, RNA isolation/RT/qPCR, ChIP, Western-blotting, immunofluorescence.
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